Thelma R Stamper Therese A Boerger 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


The next meeting of the Bicentennial Committee will be on Thursday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall. This will be the last meeting before the Festival on Aug. 28, 29, and 30.

On Friday evening, Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. we will have our opening ceremonies along with some local and state dignitaries. During this time we will provide a brief history of Winchester which will include some of our ancestors and the recognition of our veterans.

The 5-K Run/Walk is at 6:15 p.m. Friday evening begins with registration at 5:30 p.m. Information on the 5K, Basketball and Cornhole tournament is available by contacting Rob Davis at 937-217-0703.

On Saturday, Aug. 29, the Bicentennial Committee will host a quilt show and bicentennial display at the Methodist Church from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Any items you would like to include should be brought to the church on Thursday evening (Aug. 27) from 5-7 p.m.. We ask that all loaned items be picked up at the church on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. We have had lots of interest so it looks like we will have plenty of quilts and memorabilia.

Also on Saturday evening we will have an Ancester Recognition at 7 p.m. at the main stage. Questions may be directed to Gayla Beth Shaw Fritzhand at 937-544-6735.

At 8 p.m. on Saturday night we will have our 8th annual Historical Ghost Ride through the cemetery. You will meet Richard Cross, who was a teacher in the original log school house. We will also have founding families, Civil War soldiers, a Postmaster, a physician, General Morgan and many other old-time representatives from our community. Some volunteers from our committee have been working diligently out at the cemetery trying to get some of the grave stones cleared in preparation for our cemetery walk earlier in the day and the ghost ride that night. (We actually found some stones that had been hidden in the overgrowth) If anyone would be able to help clear the weeds it would be greatly appreciated.

Winchester will be hosting a community-wide yard sale on Friday and Saturday the weekend of the festival.

The Winchester United Methodist Church will be having a Homecoming service at morning worship, Aug. 30 at 10:30 a.m. We are extending an invitation to everyone, but especially to those who may have attended the church at any time. If you are unable to attend, please send a note with anything you remember about the church, e.g. ministers, MYF, special services, etc. Notes or information can be sent to Bev Stephenson, 60 N. Hartford Ave., Winchester, Ohio 45697.

I unintentionally omitted our prayer request last week and I know we have several needs. Marjorie Brammer, Betty Wright, Elaina Groves, Dorothy Walls, Betty Crank, and I am sure many others. I know all these folks would appreciate your healing prayers. Sharon Gaffin-Foster has recently been in the hospital following a fall and and needs our prayers.

Gladys Huck, age 91 of Winchester, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 11 at Ohio Valley Manor. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph. She attended First Church of Christ in Winchester. She is survived by one son, Ralph Edward Huck of Winchester. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Hope, 215 Hughes Blvd. Mt. Orab, Ohio 45144.

John Layman, 82, passed away at his home in Oxford. His parents were Bob and Julia Layman and he was a 1951 graduate of Winchester High School. He is survived by his wife and two sons. Prayers are extended to both families.

A ball player with local ties to Winchester just got the most important promotion in his career, his promotion to the major leagues. Matt Marksberry, a graduate of Glen Este High School and whose parents are from Winchester, had his major league debut for the Atlanta Braves on July 31. Congratulations to Matt and his family.

We have more Bicentennial tee shirts and if you would like to purchase one let us know. They are $15 each.

Winchester’s Past (Florence Bryson): In last week’s paper I said that one business started in 1894 was still in business 117 years later but the name of the business was omitted. It is the Farmers Mutual Insurance Company. There are still several houses in town that date from the 1830s, one from 1829 and several from the 1840s. Several have been torn down in the last few years. Some of the houses will be on the Walking Historic Home Tour on Saturday and Sunday morning. Many of the oldest businesses on Main Street were destroyed by fires. They were heated by fireplaces that used wood or coal and the lights were candles or oil lamps. Winchester had no fire equipment until about 1885 when they got a horse drawn wagon with hand pumps. There was no alarm system either. One of the most disastrous fires was in December of 1917 when four businesses and two residences, some over a 100 years old, went up in flames. An accident to the fire engine rendered the pumps useless so a human chain of a bucket brigade managed to keep the fire confined to the section that was burning. The section was rebuilt by W.C. Neu and Mr. McKinney where The Hair Company and ABCAP are now located.

Remember that I depend on information from others which is due by Sunday evening and can be sent by calling 937-695-9977 (leave a message) or by email @

By Joyce Porter and Florence Bryson

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