Manchester grad enjoys a “Super” Experience Taking Adams County patriotism to the state capitol John P Sininger Jo Ann Hayslip Harvey U Schrock Eunice G. Burgess Senior Profile: Kaulen St Michael Cox Racing returns to Brushcreek on April 2 Southern Hills Athletic Conference holds Winter Sports Awards ceremony Adams County provides multiple walking venues Adams County parks are tobacco-free Rhoads Memorial 5K Run/Walk is April 9 Peebles Elem. Staff of the Month Floyd E Maddy Raymond A Holt Derrick Poe Spencer E McFarland Mintie F Rogers Roberta Eylar Big Time Wrestling coming to NAHS Carl Tomlin CTC students help with storm clean-up Opening the door for high-tech jobs Jack R Slyger Thomas Stratton Jr Eastern Lady Warriors headed to Final Four Senior Profile: Logan Rogers Southern Hills Athletic Conference names 2016-17 All-Conference Basketball Teams Winchester PD continues assault on drugs Alonso joins Defender staff Sheriff to set up outpost in Manchester Johnson named OEDA Membership Chairperson Sherman E Young Ruth Jackman ‘Kitten Season’ comes to Ohio Manchester Council votes to disband PD Olde Wayside Inn under new management Two overdose on heroin Senior Profile: Ethan Parrett Adams/Brown Youth League holds postseason tourney Three nights of pain Furious rally falls short, Lady Devils again eliminated in Div. III district finals, 45-42 Oscar Moore Barbara J Finnegan Ohio Senate and House honor Miss Ohio USA Michael Eldridge Frances Towner Thelma R Williamson BREAKING NEWS: Manchester council votes to eliminate police department Before all dogs go to heaven Adaptive Bikes delivered in Adams County Adams County Junior Fair Market Hog Identification plans announced for 2017 Local couple takes ownership of two local businesses Jo Hanson to retire after nearly 50 years in banking Sierra Club, hero or villain? Greyhounds, Devils are runners-up in SHAC Tournaments Harold L Purdin Senior Profile: Jacob Wickerham 98-year old author publishes first book Early March storm packs destructive punch Jeeps rally in second half to end the Peebles season How about some post season awards? Thanks for all the great sports coverage PHS Principal hopes to expand students’ world view When spring becomes a promise Greg Lorenz Clay shoots the lights out, shoots down Greyhounds’ season Senior Profile: Savannah McFarland Devils put up a good fight, but fall to Portsmouth in sectional final, 50-43 Second half comeback sends Lady Devils to district finals for third straight year Butts honored by Southeast District Athletic Board North Adams Elementary holds Random Acts of Kindness Week Chester W Eyre BREAKING NEWS: March makes its entrance with force WUES kicks off Right to Read Week with guest readers WUHS students see Aronoff show on the life of Edgar Allan Poe Local high school seniors winners of Wendy’s Heisman Awards The emotions of a senior year Market Hog Clinic scheduled for March 4 Venture Hawks fall to Scioto County Senior Profile : Colton Thornburg Lady Dragons’ season ends with sectional loss to Lynchburg Devils advance in tourney with convincing win over West Union, will face Portsmouth for sectional title Wenstrup selected as Vice Chairman of House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee Adams County 4-H Shooting Sports to hold fund raiser Linda M Howland Nellie B Hayslip Russell E Bailey Gladys M Perdue Commissioners meet in Columbus with DP&L CEO Tom Raga Missing the Dirtrollers The farms that aren’t forgotten Flora Hilderbran Commissioners to meet with DP&L officials New state graduation requirements called a ‘train wreck’ Catching up with Keller Senior Profile: Justin Knechtly Piketon size is too much for Lady Indians, Peebles falls in sectional finals Greyhounds grab Senior Night win Indians finish regular season riding six-game winning streak

PHS hosts Veterans Day Ceremony

Peebles High School hosted its annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Monday, Nov. 9. The yearly event is held to recognize and pay tribute to those who have served, past and present, in the United States armed forces. National Honor Society Students and Student Council members welcomed this year’s visiting veterans.

The Adams County Liberty Band began the celebration with a welcoming musical tribute to all of the visiting service men and women. Boy Scout Troop 266 conducted the Presentation of Colors and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Following opening remarks by Principal Tim Davis, the national anthem was sung by Gracelyn Kephart and the PHS Senior Band performed “Song for an American Hero”.

The keynote speaker was Major Donald Smalley, a graduate of Peebles High School and Vietnam War Veteran.

Teachers John Robinson and Cristin Meyer were the event organizers, Robinson acted as emcee for the ceremony.

“This is my favorite day of the school year,” said Robinson. “We recognize how important it is to give students the opportunity to interact with veterans by giving them the opportunity to hear the veterans’ stories and ask them questions about their experiences. We are also very thankful for Principal Davis’s support of our Veterans Day program. He has high expectations and likes to see a thoughtful, well put-together program.”

This year’s program included the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration.

Two servicemen from Peebles who fought and died in Vietnam were recognized: SP4 Samuel Arlon Johnson and CPL Willard Boston Wallace.

PHS teacher David Vogler played the “Vietnam Blues” while Senior Jack Behr read the lyrics to those assembled. Behr plans to join the Marines following his graduation.

“Vietnam Blues” was written by Kris Kristofferson in 1966 as an anthem to show support for American soldiers and their families during the war in Vietnam.

Each of the attending veterans were recognized for their service: United States Army: WWII: Lt. Col. Harry V. Shoop, Henry Robertson; Korean War: Pete Puckett, Kenneth Smalley; Korean War Era: Joe Martin, Gary A. Browning; Vietnam War Era: Donald Smalley, Ken Williamson, Winston Smalley, Bill Willey, Jerry Johnson, Danny Browning, Rick Cunningham, Jim Vanpelt, Bill Baxter, Dexter Thornberry, Rick Johnson, Jerry Swayne, Keith C. Swearingen, Steven Vest, Desert Storm: Timothy S. Davis; Afghanistan; Iraq/Afghanistan: Scott Lovett; David Kelley. United States Navy: Korean War: Donald Mefford; Vietnam Era: Michael Newman, Wayne Watson, John Brockhoeft, Vance R. Greenwood; Richard Burke,

Lisa Scott, Michael Pendell. United States Air Force: Korean War: Richard Hoop; Vietnam War: Larry Mitchell, Bill Nichols. United States Marine Corps: William Howard, Charles Clark, Denny Rosenhoffer, Christian Phillips.

The Liberty Band played “A Tribute to Armed Service” in honor of the different military branches. David Vogler performed an instrumental version of “A Patriotic Melody.”

Mr. William Williamson of Batavia VVA # 649, a former armed services photographer, presented the Peebles High School Library with a copy of his book featuring photographs he took during his tour in Vietnam.

PHS Junior Amber Renchen performed “Come Home Soon” in honor of those currently serving.

Tim Davis closed the ceremony, expressing his thanks to the veterans and the various organizations, business, and clubs that worked together to make the ceremony happen. He reminded the students and visitors, “You have more choices and opportunities to pursue your dreams and wishes, regardless of race, color or creed, and that is due to one group of people, the veterans of the United States Armed Services.”

Following the ceremony the National Honor Society and the Student Council provided lunch for the veterans. Wal-Mart in West Union donated a meat and cheese tray. Several veterans remained at the high school talking with interested student and faculty members throughout the remainder of the day.

Peebles High School principal Tim Davis, right, a veteran himself, addresses the crowd during the Veterans Day ceremony on Monday morning with a gathering of local veterans seated right behind him.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Veterans1.jpgPeebles High School principal Tim Davis, right, a veteran himself, addresses the crowd during the Veterans Day ceremony on Monday morning with a gathering of local veterans seated right behind him. Patricia Beech | People’s Defender

After the ceremony, the Peebles High School Honor Society and Student Council provided a meal for the veterans in attendance.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Veterans2.jpgAfter the ceremony, the Peebles High School Honor Society and Student Council provided a meal for the veterans in attendance. Patricia Beech | People’s Defender

Part of the program at the PHS Veterans Day ceremony was a performance by the always entertaining Liberty Band.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Veterans3.jpgPart of the program at the PHS Veterans Day ceremony was a performance by the always entertaining Liberty Band. Patricia Beech | People’s Defender
Seven decades of service recognized by students and community

By Patricia Beech

pbeech@civitasmedia.com

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