Facebook – a growing marketplace for local entrepreneurs When kids know best Giving some love to those dog days Junior Fair BBQ again a big success Beulah B James Senior Profile: Josie Myers Lady Indians place second at Ohio Classic in Hillsboro MVCA dominates Greyhounds in 45-0 triumph For Lady Devils, SHAC streak goes to 55 matches 9/11: Sixteen years later Gertrude Gibson Defender Bowl coming Sept. 16 Joyce A Walker Virginia R Young Senior Profile: Abby Campton West Union hosts 2017 Dragon Run New gridiron history begins for Peebles Trout, fire, and blueberry fields forever Senior Profile: Baylee Justice Lady Devils win SHAC thriller at Eastern Brown From Blue Creek to the Beaneaters Tough loss for Greyhounds in season opener Turning tragedy into hope What we learn from failure Absolutely had to get the wrinkles out Frances S Kidder Leo Trotter 41st Bentonville Festival set to begin Sept. 8 Winchester celebrates its history during three-day street fair Cruisefest returning to streets of Peebles Blue Creek- a community in transition honors its history and heritage Cuteness Galore – Winchester Homecoming Festival Baby Show Ronnie L Day Cast your vote for the Adams County Fairgrounds Nelson E Atkinson Ryan L Colvin Richard Tackett William L Tadlock Penny Pollard Wendell Beasley West Union soccer drops pair at Mason County Lady Indians go down in straight sets Senior Profile: Michael Gill Senior Profile: Katie Sandlin Royals dominate in big win over North Adams Dragons continue County Cup domination Archaeology Day returns to Serpent Mound Hourglass Quilt Square is back up again Manchester family hosts International Guests History, farming, and family- the bedrock of Cherry Fork’s community Bus drivers, emergency responders prepare for coming school year Working up a real good sweat What’s behind the motive? Rondal R Bailey Jr Thelma J Yates She’s all grown up now Scott A Yeager Soccer talent on display at 2017 SHAC preview Baseball community mourns the loss of Gene Bennett Winchester Homecoming Festival is Aug 25-27 Eleanor P Tumbleson Felicity man killed in Ohio River boating accident WUHS golfers take Portsmouth Invitational It was pretty cold that day Volleyball kicks off with SHAC Preview Night Young awarded Women’s Western Golf Foundation Scholarship One Mistake Senator Portman visits GE Test Facility in Peebles Adams County school districts facing some major challenges for the coming year Family, friends, and roots: the ties that bind residents of one Adams County village What is your strength? Just the chance to take a look back Ronnie L Wolford Dale J Marshall Herbert Purvis Great American Solar Eclipse coming Aug. 21 BREAKING NEWS: West Union wins fifth consecutive County Cup Wallace B Boden John L Fletcher Lady Indians golfers learning the links North Adams, West Union golfers open 2017 seasons This Labor Day, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Blanton announces candicacy for Court of Appeals Local student attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders MHS welcomes new principal Made in America When it feels like you’re spinning plates Bonfires and “building” a farm Lady Devils looking to take that next step 50 years of Bengal memories Ag Society delivers donation to Dragonfly Foundation Young Memorial Scholarship awarded to a pair of local seniors ‘Musical passion is in his blood’ Naylor named NAHS Principal Boldman retiring after 17 years as Homeless Shelter director Manchester concludes another River Days celebration Drug Treatment vs. Prison James R Brown Bobby Lawler Jr Adams County man charged with killing estranged girlfriend

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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