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 Basketball officiating class being offered in October Peebles rolls by West Union in straight sets Par for the course, Dragons sweep SHAC Golf titles Greyhounds hang on late for first win of 2016 season You have to understand the process to understand the job Alex K Miller Ann E Campbell Scott N Atkinson Senior Profile: Tyler Fowler Martin named to All-Tourney Team in North/South Battlefield Classic 200 years on the banks of the Ohio, in a little town called Moscow Edwin P Prince ACRMC Emergency Care Center renamed after Dr. Bruce Ashley Volleyball teams honor young cancer patient

Humane Society hosts ‘Howl-O-Ween’

Over 100 people attended the Humane Society of Adams County’s Howl-O-Ween Dinner and Auction on Saturday, Oct. 24. The annual event was held at the GE Employee Park in Peebles. This year the fundraiser netted a total of $6,946.

Gary McClellan of Mosier Furniture and Appliances in West Union served as Master of Ceremonies while auctioneer Sam Bolender provided a unique and fun bidding experience during the live auction. There were also silent auctions and raffles throughout the evening.

Several local individuals were honored at the event for their community service and commitment to the welfare of animals. Jessica Huxmann, current president of the HSAC Board of Directors, presented Robert and Brenda Smith, of West Union, with a plaque displaying a story from The People’s Defender commemorating the grand opening of the new Animal Shelter on June 20. The Smith family donated over $250,000 over the course of about eight years to buy land and build the new Animal Shelter, which cost a total of $283,000.

Honorees for the Humane Society’s annual Community Service Award were Mary Bevins of Sacred Hearts Animal Rescue and Sanctuary in Winchester, Mary Jane Espelage of A Second Chance Pet Adoptions near Hillsboro, Lori Sies of Dreamhouse Sanctuary in Lynx, and Ed and Melva Kimball of Lickety Split Pet Transport in Manchester. These individuals have distinguished themselves by going above and beyond the call of duty to help animals throughout the region, often at great personal and financial sacrifice. Their actions have saved thousands of animals’ lives and prevented much animal suffering.

The Humane Society also awarded Christine Campbell the Volunteer Service Award for her continued voluntary service at the new Animal Shelter in West Union.

Over 150 individuals and businesses contributed to the event by donating a wide variety of items for the auction. Attendees had the opportunity to bid on works of art by James ‘Skip’ Werline, Hayden Lambson, and Becky Hughes; quilted wall hanging by Rita Lucas, Longaberger baskets, a jewelry armoire, primitive decor, gift baskets, and animal statues. The one-of-a-kind statues were painted by local artists Elaine Lafferty, Jessica Huxmann, Betsy Miskell, Sally White, Elaine Sugarbaker, Linda Wright, Venture Productions, Laura Thornton, and RR Ruebusch.

Dinner was catered by the Scioto Ribber and included ribs, chicken, green beans, and rolls. Dessert was a delicious variety of homemade cupcakes baked and decorated by volunteers.

Next year’s Howl-O-Ween Dinner will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016.

The Humane Society of Adams County was formed in 2005. It is a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to providing humane care and treatment for all the animals they shelter. Additionally, the HSAC is also committed to providing educational and volunteer programs to the citizens of Adams County, concerning the humane treatment of animals, prevention of cruelty, abuse, neglect, and exploitation of animals. The society works to reduce the county’s pet over-population by offering low cost spay and neuter clinics.

The society members worked for nearly a decade to raise funds to build a new animal shelter. In 2012 ground was broken for the facility, which was completed in the spring of 2013, and fully staffed by 2015. The facilities grand opening was held on June 20, 2015.

Many individuals contributed to the Humane Society through annual dinner auctions, ice cream socials, open house events, memorial brick sales, membership sales, t-shirt sales, calendar sales, pet food drives, spaghetti dinners, and other fund raising activities.

Robert (Bob) Smith’s vision of a safe, healthy shelter for dogs and cats is what inspired the original members of the Board of Directors to form the Humane Society. Mr. Smith personally oversaw the design and construction of the Animal Shelter building. The new shelter has 20 kennels for dogs and 26 enclosures for cats, as well as a meeting room, laundry room, office space, two-vehicle garage, and acreage for exercising the animals.

Anyone interested in offering support to the Humane Society of Adams County may do so through several different methods: Spay Sponsorships of $45. for spaying one cat or dog; Memorial Bricks for $50. engraved with your message and prominently displayed in the new animal shelter; Calendars for $15. featuring local animals rescued by the humane society.

For more information about the Humane Society of Adams County, please visit the Animal Shelter Tuesday through Saturday between 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., call (937) 544-8585, or visit

Jessica Huxmann, right, president of the Humane Society Board of Directors, admires the award plaque given to Bob Smith, left, and his wife Brenda for their never-ending work in helping to get the county’s new animal shelter built. The plaque featured a story from The People’s Defender on the opening of the shelter. Huxmann, right, president of the Humane Society Board of Directors, admires the award plaque given to Bob Smith, left, and his wife Brenda for their never-ending work in helping to get the county’s new animal shelter built. The plaque featured a story from The People’s Defender on the opening of the shelter. Submitted photo

Over 190 people were in attendance at the annual Humane Society Howl-O-Ween Dinner and enjoyed a delicious meal provided by Scioto Ribber. 190 people were in attendance at the annual Humane Society Howl-O-Ween Dinner and enjoyed a delicious meal provided by Scioto Ribber. Submitted photo
Thousands of dollars raised by supporters

By Patricia Beech

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