Marvin Setty Richard G Waldron Grand Marshals selected for West Union Fourth of July Parade Adams County, Maysville Vet team up to save injured dog Michael S Knauff Victor P Price Success builds from the bottom up Finalists named for 2017 Fair Queen Contest William Glenn DeWine, Reader Call For Tips in Rhoden Murder Investigation MHS principal to take superintendent post Peebles Skate Park now a reality 2017-18 Fur and Feather Ambassadors named Caley Grooms is Cattlemen’s Beef Ambassador Dr. Mueller leaving Health Department’s free clinic Hourglass Quilt Barn returning to Adams County Lung, Thornburg are First Team All-District selections North Adams hosts annual Boys Basketball Camps Walk-off winner Wanda Hill George D Johnson Life can be a juggling act My favorite thing to do on the farm Wolves in Adams County! Ronald L Wedmore Three lessons from Dad Donald D Morgan Wenstrup uninjured in Virginia shooting Portman staff to hold grant funding workshop Raymond E Applegate Keeping the Peebles tradition alive Back on the hardwood, local hoops squads compete in Monday Night League Seven county athletes recognized as All-SHAC Baseball honorees Stepping to the podium Lady Hounds host Youth Volleyball Camp Senior Profile: Bryan Young Junior Deputy Boot Camps kick off in Manchester Hayes pleads “not guilty” to 109 counts Six-year-old girl finds long-lost class ring Jefferson Alumni awards annual scholarships Paul Tate Jr Marcus I Cox Jewell Gill James M Hill Jr Jeffrey S Jones Samuel A Disher Jack Sterling BREAKING NEWS: Parents face charges after son overdoses on opiate License Hikes and Tall Turkey Tales Danger under every rock Reigning Miss Ohio USA will judge 2017 Adams County Fair Queen Pageant Gordley’s hoops career will continue at Mount St. Joseph Russell C Newman Kenneth C Thurman George Uebel Summer Reading Program underway Honor Flight carries local veteran to DC When rescuers become victims Passing the torch, West Union hosts week-long basketball camp for future Dragons SENIOR PROFILE: Sara Knechtly Terry L Powell Willie Shreffler James C Fitzpatrick Senior Profile: Austin Parks Six countians named to All-SHAC Softball squad Lady Indians get summer camp season underway Memorial Day services pay tribute to local veterans WUHS Steel Band will perform at Bogart’s SSCC announces Honors Lists for spring semester Peebles Elementary releases Honor Roll for final nine weeks West Union Elementary announces Honor Roll for fourth nine weeks Back to State! Mom calls daughter “living proof” seat belts save lives Rent-2-Own donation means new soccer scoreboard at WUHS NAHS student selected for Engineering Summer Camp Southern Hills Athletic Conferences honors Spring Sports athletes Senior Profile: Kailyn Boyd Madison Welch receives Riffle Scholarship Junior Achievement Volunteers visit county’s seventh graders Marcella J Abbott James Ratliff Gladys Davitz Harry G Shupert Memories on Memorial Day A soldier’s story, a family’s grief Thank You for your sacrifice Seaman community honors local veterans with special tribute Former PES teacher dies in tragic accident All County Senior Citizens Day celebrated Parks signs with SSCC Soccer Senior Profile: Lexie Bunn Jessie Rodgers Memorial Day services set for county Truly our greatest generation Bertha Lashley Maia Swartz Jessie Rodgers Errors spell the end of Devils’ baseball season Senior Profile: Carry Hayslip Lady Hounds’ season ends with tourney loss to Paint Valley

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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