Anna L DeMint The garden that got us through the winter months Virginia L Fricker JV Devils top Northwest 51-34 Senior Profile: Caitlin Young North Adams moves to 7-5 with 16-point Homecoming win over Northwest Held to a higher standard Claudia J Purtee Shaylee E Prewitt Questions still linger in Stuart explosion Richard Holsinger J Ruth Madden Frank E Swayne Robert Bechdolt Sara D Hatfield Barbara Goodwin Jeffrey Frederick Grace E Myers Johnny A Sullender Sr. Senator Joe Uecker sworn-in for second term Wenstrup sworn in for third term in House Ronald L Chochard Patrick P Clift Samuel W Freeland Senior Profile: Casey Mullenix Lady Dragons win ugly, taking Classic consolation game over Manchester, 48-45 Greyhounds roll by West Union to take Classic consolation game, 82-58 History made as Ward takes oath of office Peter A Bennington Tangela R King McDonald’s Classic crowns 2016 champions MVP Arey leads Peebles to McDonald’s Classic title, Indians outlast North Adams 82-76 in double overtime thriller Lady Devils get Classic three-peat, make it 10 of 11, 14 titles for Coach Davis Senior Profile: Raegan Dick Teaching students the power of giving Kids at Children’s Home gifted with shopping spree Marion Liming Dorothy Huff John R Murphy Michael L McAninch Rita Rogers Edward L Combs Ronald W Staggs Mary H Grooms Gladys Wilson Donald Barnhill Monda Van Vorren Deborah Spires Senior Profile: Andre Wolke Indians pull away in second half, get past Manchester 71-58 in Classic semis On home floor, Lady Indians move to Classic title game North Adams handles West Union, Devils move to Classic finals with 68-53 victory Lady Devils roll into Classic championship Beth E Rowley Leatrice Lewis Senior Profile: Justin Aldridge Mary Helterbridle Wanda Huffman PES Performing Arts entertains at Hometown Christmas Adams County Manor sends holiday wishes Peebles Lions Club hosts Christmas breakfast Elusive Elf on a Shelf makes a return visit to PES Santas in blue spread Christmas cheer in a very special way Senior Profile: Aubrey McFarland WUHS holds Hall of Fame induction ceremonies WUHS Academic Team has undefeated season Serving those who served their country From Pearl Harbor to ‘America’s Got Talent’, 93-year-old WWII vet is still going strong Yester Years brings a touch of old to the new Merry Christmas to you all North Adams Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners Peebles High School hosts Homecoming ceremonies Children in need receive gifts at PES Adams County Manor holds annual Door Decorating Contest WUHS celebrates with numerous Christmas activities Halftime lead quickly vanishes, Dragons fall to Northwest 73-62 in Saturday night non-conference match up Tammy S Scott Oscar Hilterbrandt Neil R Swayne Beulah M Daniels McDonald’s Classic begins Dec. 27 Letters to Santa Senior Profile: Tyler Swearingen Leadership Adams donates to local outreach programs North Adams student/athletes are part of Holiday Sharing Event Senior Profile: Kylie Lucas West Union Elementary holds Academic Fair on Dec. 2 WUES holds annual Spelling Bee NAHS Art students help out the Humane Society Peebles Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners CTC FCCLA / Culinary Arts class holds Cancer Awareness Drive Amen receives Distinguished Service Award ‘Tis the season for family-past, present, and future MHS Computer Class aces MOS Exam WUES recognizes November Bus Riders of the Month NAHS Beta Club sponsors canned food drive Peebles Elementary announces November Students of the Month Crisis text line reaches out during the holidays Paul Wesley Ailshire Joan Cockrell

From the October Defender archives:

Oct. 1958 Pvt. Garry Messer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Vaughn of West Union, is a cook with the 31st Infantry Division in Korea, has been promoted to PFC. Pvt. Messer entered the service in Feb. 1958 and received his basic training at Fort Knox before going to Korea in August. He is a graduate of West Union High School.

Oct. 1967 The village of Bentonville was threatened with disaster following a two-car accident that occurred at the intersection of Route 41 and the Briar Ridge road that resulted in a fire that destroyed the Alfred Young grocery store. an alarm was sent to the Manchester Fire Department at 2:30 p.m.. A few minutes later the West Union Fire Department was summoned because of the need of an additional pumper at the scene. The interior of the store and Mr. Young’s residence, which adjoined, were damaged by the blaze.

Oct. 1979 A Peebles soldier joined more than 30,000 other allied troops recently in a major European training exercise. Sergeant Thomas L. Stephens, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frankie L. Stephens, took part in “Constant Enforcer,” a maneuver that saw American, German, Canadian, and Belgian troops move through almost 4,500 square miles in central West Germany to help discover what problems NATO forces might encounter. Stephens is a combat engineer, assigned to A company of the 23rd Engineer Battalion.

Oct. 1984 Dan Combs, crusade chairman of the American Cancer Society, Adams County Unit, met with guest celebrities Greg Louganis and Megan Neyer at the ACS Crusade Training Conference in Columbus last month. Mt. Louganis, the 1984 Olympic diving gold medalist, and Megan Neyer, a member of the 1908 Olympic diving team, shared their personal victories with conference participants.

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