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

Congressman Wenstrup visits Adams County

On Friday, Sept. 4 Congressman Brad Wenstrup (R – 2nd Congressional District) visited Adams County.

The Congressman kicked off his sweeping county-wide tour with a “Coffee with your Congressman” sit down at the Greene Beanery Coffee House in Peebles on Friday morning.

“Whatever you want to talk about,” he told those in attendance, we’ll talk about.”

The Congressman then spent a casual hour moving from table to table engaged in lively discussions with his constituents.

The “round-the-kitchen-table” discussions included a range of concerns and questions on social, economic, and veteran’s issues.

“I got a lot of great input on how to tackle upcoming issues.”Wenstrup tweeted enroute to his next stop in Winchester.

The Congressman visited the First State Bank in Winchester to meet with local bankers to discuss regulatory relief for small banks.

“Small community banks are forced to operate under the same regulations as the large mega banks that caused the near collapse of the economy in 2008,” said Mike Pell, President of First State Bank, “Small community banks are the back bone of small communities and they shouldn’t be punished or treated like a mega bank”.

Wenstrup likened the regulations imposed on small banks to an entire classroom being made to stay after school because one student behaved badly.

Studies have shown that the avalanche of new regulations coming down on community banks from Washington is having a negative impact on lending and consumer choices. The new restrictions on mortgage lending are reducing access to mortgage credit for many Americans living in small communities.

“Congressman Wenstrup understands the concerns of rural America not having a voice in Washington, so he comes out here to further his own understanding of our problems and he is supportive of our needs when he is in Washington,” Pell added.

Following his meeting with local bankers Wenstrup traveled to West Union where he was interviewed by C103 announcer, Matt Hilderbrand. The interview aired Monday, Sept. 7.

The Congressman ended his visit to Adams County with a medal presentation ceremony at the Peebles Public Library.

He presented the family of Master Sergeant Donald C. Fleming with six medals: The Good Conduct Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and an Honorable Service Lapel Button.

Fleming, a 1936 graduate of Seaman High School, served in the United States Army Air Corps during WWII from 1941-45.

The Master Sergeant’s uniform had been on display at the Peebles library, minus the medals Fleming had earned for his service. The decision was made to contact Congressman Wenstrup about replacing the lost medals.

“As a veteran serving in Congress,” he said,” it is important to me to come out and honor the lives and sacrifices of veterans and their families.”

Wenstrup served as a combat surgeon in Iraq in 2005 as part of the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corp.

Quoting the late baseball player, Roberto Clemente, he told those assembled,” If you have a chance to make life better and fail to do so, you’ve wasted your time.” He added, “That’s what the guys who served in World War II did, they fought to make life better.”

He also recalled a scene from the movie Saving Private Ryan in which the elderly Ryan, standing over Captain Miller’s grave, turns to his wife and says, “Tell me I’ve been a good man. Tell me I’ve lived a good life.”

“Master Sergeant Fleming,” said Wenstrup, was part of what has been called the greatest generation because they and their families made sacrifices to make life better for all of us, and when they came home they endeavored to live good lives.”

Master Sergeant Fleming’s grandson, Andy Belle, who is currently serving in Afghanistan, was also present at the ceremony via FaceTime on a relative’s cell phone. Congressman Wenstrup thanked him for his service.

During a presentation on Sept. 4 at the Peebles Library, US Congressman Brad Wenstrup presented lost World WarII medals to the four daughters of Master Sergeant Donald C. Fleming. Pictured here at the ceremony, from left, Beverly Kiser, Judy Hawkins, Congressman Wenstrup, Patty Mason, and Dawn Bell. a presentation on Sept. 4 at the Peebles Library, US Congressman Brad Wenstrup presented lost World WarII medals to the four daughters of Master Sergeant Donald C. Fleming. Pictured here at the ceremony, from left, Beverly Kiser, Judy Hawkins, Congressman Wenstrup, Patty Mason, and Dawn Bell. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

Congressman Brad Wenstrup speaks with constituents at the Greene Beanery in Peebles on the morning of Sept. 4. Brad Wenstrup speaks with constituents at the Greene Beanery in Peebles on the morning of Sept. 4. Patricia Beech | People’s Defender
Speaks with constituents and awards medals to family of WWII vet

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