John P Sininger Jo Ann Hayslip Harvey U Schrock Eunice G. Burgess Senior Profile: Kaulen St Michael Cox Racing returns to Brushcreek on April 2 Southern Hills Athletic Conference holds Winter Sports Awards ceremony Adams County provides multiple walking venues Adams County parks are tobacco-free Rhoads Memorial 5K Run/Walk is April 9 Peebles Elem. Staff of the Month Floyd E Maddy Raymond A Holt Derrick Poe Spencer E McFarland Mintie F Rogers Roberta Eylar Big Time Wrestling coming to NAHS Carl Tomlin CTC students help with storm clean-up Opening the door for high-tech jobs Jack R Slyger Thomas Stratton Jr Eastern Lady Warriors headed to Final Four Senior Profile: Logan Rogers Southern Hills Athletic Conference names 2016-17 All-Conference Basketball Teams Winchester PD continues assault on drugs Alonso joins Defender staff Sheriff to set up outpost in Manchester Johnson named OEDA Membership Chairperson Sherman E Young Ruth Jackman ‘Kitten Season’ comes to Ohio Manchester Council votes to disband PD Olde Wayside Inn under new management Two overdose on heroin Senior Profile: Ethan Parrett Adams/Brown Youth League holds postseason tourney Three nights of pain Furious rally falls short, Lady Devils again eliminated in Div. III district finals, 45-42 Oscar Moore Barbara J Finnegan Ohio Senate and House honor Miss Ohio USA Michael Eldridge Frances Towner Thelma R Williamson BREAKING NEWS: Manchester council votes to eliminate police department Before all dogs go to heaven Adaptive Bikes delivered in Adams County Adams County Junior Fair Market Hog Identification plans announced for 2017 Local couple takes ownership of two local businesses Jo Hanson to retire after nearly 50 years in banking Sierra Club, hero or villain? Greyhounds, Devils are runners-up in SHAC Tournaments Harold L Purdin Senior Profile: Jacob Wickerham 98-year old author publishes first book Early March storm packs destructive punch Jeeps rally in second half to end the Peebles season How about some post season awards? Thanks for all the great sports coverage PHS Principal hopes to expand students’ world view When spring becomes a promise Greg Lorenz Clay shoots the lights out, shoots down Greyhounds’ season Senior Profile: Savannah McFarland Devils put up a good fight, but fall to Portsmouth in sectional final, 50-43 Second half comeback sends Lady Devils to district finals for third straight year Butts honored by Southeast District Athletic Board North Adams Elementary holds Random Acts of Kindness Week Chester W Eyre BREAKING NEWS: March makes its entrance with force WUES kicks off Right to Read Week with guest readers WUHS students see Aronoff show on the life of Edgar Allan Poe Local high school seniors winners of Wendy’s Heisman Awards The emotions of a senior year Market Hog Clinic scheduled for March 4 Venture Hawks fall to Scioto County Senior Profile : Colton Thornburg Lady Dragons’ season ends with sectional loss to Lynchburg Devils advance in tourney with convincing win over West Union, will face Portsmouth for sectional title Wenstrup selected as Vice Chairman of House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee Adams County 4-H Shooting Sports to hold fund raiser Linda M Howland Nellie B Hayslip Russell E Bailey Gladys M Perdue Commissioners meet in Columbus with DP&L CEO Tom Raga Missing the Dirtrollers The farms that aren’t forgotten 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

Time to think about estate planning

Do you have your estate plan complete and in place? Do you have the farm or business in your children’s name so if something happens to you it is already done? So you have everything set, right? Is this really the best way to set things up? I am not sure. Here are few things that are often not prepared for:

Multiple children and one child is involved in the farming business, so naturally that child may be left the farm while the other children may be set to receive the house or other property or money. What happens if there is an extended stay in a health care facility that pretty much consumes all of the life savings (money) that was to be left to one or more of the children to offset the value of the farm or business?

On the other hand you are leaving the farm or business to the child involved in the business and you have already put the farm or business in his or her name so it is protected in case something happens to you. The child married a great man or woman that is part of the family, however as time goes on they are not the happy couple they once were. They end up splitting up and they are headed to court to settle the divorce. The farm or business is part of the settlement because it has been transferred into the child’s name even though it is still your business.

You know that will not happen. They will be happily married forever. So that previous scenario does not fit your situation. What happens if either your child or their spouse is involved in a car accident or develops a health condition that will require long term health care (which isn’t cheap) and the funds eventually run out? This could put the farm or business in the same risk that you were trying to avoid with your own possibility of long term health care expenses.

The situations can go on and on. The idea that you and the people who help you set up your estate plan need to be on your A game may be an understatement. There are lots of things that need to be considered. In addition to getting your estate plan set up, it may be like buying a new car. Once you have bought the car or set up your estate plan you are all done, right? You have to do maintenance like changing the oil in the car and grease it from time to time. You might want to schedule routine checkups for your estate plan, too. Things change, your assets may increase or decrease, your family situation may change like it did in one of the examples above, you may have taken out more long term health care or life insurance.

I posted a few stories in the past weeks concerning Estate Planning. I did that to spark some interest and I have had several calls. I am still working on scheduling the workshop, but it is coming together a little slower than I had hoped. I hope to have final details soon. I will have it in this newspaper and on local radio once everything is set.

Ohio Valley Antique Machinery Show

The Ohio Valley Antique Machinery Show will be celebrating their 45th show this year. The show is held on the OVAMS grounds located just west of Georgetown off of SR 125. The show features lots of equipment from yester year. There is also camping, crafts, and entertainment each day with multiple shows.

The show is scheduled for Aug. 13 – 16 this year. If you would like to read more about the show you can find it at http://www.ovams.org/ If you do not have access to the internet you can call 378-4480 for more details.

Master Gardener Training

Master Gardener Training will be offered in the coming months. If interested in knowing more about the Master Gardener Program with OSU Extension go to: http://mastergardener.osu.edu

If you are interested in the training this fall pleases contact me at dugan.46@osu.edu or call (937) 515-2314. The program consists of 50 hours of training.

Dates to Remember

Aug. 25 -Adams County Soil and Water/ Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

Aug. 27- Beef and Forage Field Night at Jackson Research Farm (OARDC)

Sept. 3- Adams County Junior Fair Beef BBQ

Sept. 5-12- Highland County Fair

Sept. 14- Pesticide Testing at Old Y Restaurant at Noon. Pre-register at http://pested.osu.edu or call 800-282-1955

Sept. 22-24- Farm Science Review

Sept. 28- Oct. 3- Brown County Fair

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