Local business donates shotguns to WUPD Senior Profile: Shannon Runyan Reds employees recognize Dr. King’s ‘Spirit of Service’ Saving Adams County’s power plants North Adams High School announces annual Science Fair Winners Board of Developmentally Disabled holds Jan. 11 swearing-in ceremony Peebles Elementary honors December Students of the Month Adams County villages receive Bike Racks and Fix-it Stations College Credit Plus Program available to high school students Wenstrup selected as Chairman of Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health 2017 Manchester Homecoming is ‘Super’ Lions put damper on Manchester Homecoming West Union athletes honored by OSSCA Senior Profile: Story Kremin Bickett, Runyan lead Lady Dragons to victory in Manchester Indians improve to 8-3 with Saturday night rout of Portsmouth West Farm Bureau scholarships available to HS seniors Wilbur named to the Wilmington College Dean’s List Opal Van Hoose Ruby Yazell Chris Volk North Adams High School holds annual Homecoming ceremonies Six workers injured in power plant explosion Commissioners hold proclamation ceremony for 4-H Week Senior Profile: Shyanne Tucker Coach Young Classic is Saturday at NAHS Helen Kerr 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

Mayor-elect looking for changes

“Shape up or ship out” might me the motto of Manchester’s mayor elect, Robert (Bob) Hilderbrand.

Hilderbrand is passionate about getting Manchester cleaned up. “We’ve got to bring some curb appeal back to our town,” he told the Defender, “If we want our town to be like Ripley or Augusta, we need to get to work, but one person can’t do it alone, it takes everyone working together.”

Among the infrastructure issues plaguing Manchester are the lack of street lights, pot holes, sidewalks in need of repair, and unkempt, neglected business properties in the downtown area. Additionally, there are private properties that Hildebrand describes as “dumps.”

“If you can afford to own a home or business in Manchester, you should be able to maintain them.”

“Our town is over run with garbage, and weeds, and junked cars,” he said. “Owners are either going to clean up their properties or face stiff penalties for not doing it.”

Hilderbrand said that there are multiple individuals and organizations who are willing to volunteer their time to help those who need assistance with the clean up.

“We need to bring people back to Manchester and that isn’t going to happen until we all pull together and clean up the town.”

Once the clean up is accomplished, Hildebrand looks toward the river. He plans to promote business growth along Front Street, and give passing boaters on the Ohio River a reason to stop in Manchester.

“People come up the river to spend time on the islands, but they are bypassing the town. We need to give them a reason to stop in Manchester.”

Hildebrand looks to the day when Front Street will have a marina-type atmosphere that will pique the interests of the passing river traffic.

“We’re going to be working with Holly Johnson from the Economic Development Office, she has some really great ideas for downtown Manchester,” Hilderbrand said, “But if we don’t get the population back, there won’t be any new businesses. The people won’t come here until we get the town cleaned up.”

The new mayor believes that the town has real potential, and he also believes in its people and organizations, “Our town’s utility and emergency services our the best, second to none.” he said.

“We need to attract some Mom and Pop businesses, and we need to make this town look like the kind of place where people would be proud to live.”

Hilderbrand will take office on Jan. 1, 2016.

Robert Hilderbrand is the new Mayor-elect in Manchester.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Hilderbrand.jpgRobert Hilderbrand is the new Mayor-elect in Manchester.
Hilderbrand looking for community effort

By Patricia Beech

pbeech@civitasmedia.com

Reach Patricia Beech at 937-544-2391 or at pbeech@civitasmedia.com

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