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 Adams County Manor holds annual Door Decorating Contest WUHS celebrates with numerous Christmas activities Halftime lead quickly vanishes, Dragons fall to Northwest 73-62 in Saturday night non-conference match up Tammy S Scott Oscar Hilterbrandt Neil R Swayne Beulah M Daniels McDonald’s Classic begins Dec. 27 Letters to Santa Senior Profile: Tyler Swearingen Leadership Adams donates to local outreach programs North Adams student/athletes are part of Holiday Sharing Event Senior Profile: Kylie Lucas West Union Elementary holds Academic Fair on Dec. 2 WUES holds annual Spelling Bee NAHS Art students help out the Humane Society Peebles Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners

Prospects look good for Ohio Deer Gun Season opener Monday

Deer hunters, as of Nov. 23, in Adams County have tagged 1,737 deer. Without exception Adams County deer hunters have done well this season. That number represents an increase of 18.5 percent over last year when 1,601 deer were tagged during this time.

The just past youth season, Nov. 21-22, young hunters bagged 170 deer in Adams County which is up 65 percent from last year’s youth season harvest when 103 deer were taken in Adams County.

Statewide the total deer take stands at 74,633 deer, down six percent which is due, according to Mike Tonkovich, lead deer biologist for the Division of Wildlife, to the near statewide elimination of the special antlerless permit. During the upcoming deer gun season, Nov. 30 – Dec. 6, Tonkovich estimates between 65,000 to 70,000 deer will be harvested across the state. If the weather is cooperative an increase of 2 to 3 percent from last year could be in the cards according to Tonkovich. Deer season is estimated to bring $853 million into Ohio’s economy.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has pulled from the retired ranks veteran Ray Petering as the new Chief of the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Petering took over the position on Nov. 16. Petering comes from a fisheries background and was assistance chief of the DOW in 2011 in charge of fish management and research just before he retired after 30 years with the ODNR.

“Under Ray’s leadership I anticipate the Division of Wildlife will make great advancements in furthering ODNR’s efforts to improve Ohio’s fish and wildlife management,” said James Zehringer, Director of the ODNR.

The previous chief, Scott Zody, resigned from the Division of Wildlife in October.

The Division of Wildlife has enacted a set of strict rules governing the outbreak of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) found in a captive deer facility in Holmes County in 2014. Although not affecting Adams County as of yet, the new regulations are in effect in Holmes and parts of Wayne County in what officials are calling Disease Surveillance Area (DSA). Within the DSA hunters are required to bring the deer carcass to an ODNR inspection station for sampling, no deer baiting allowed with salt, minerals, fruit or grain to attract or feed deer, and prohibits removal of a deer carcass killed by a motor vehicle. The finding of the disease in 19 captive deer have resulted in the entire herd having to be destroyed. Out of that captive herd 24 escaped whitetails have been found outside the facility. CWD is a highly contagious disease and the ONDR is closely monitoring deer in the area in hopes it has not spread into the wild deer herd.

A black bear has recently been sighted and photographed in northern Adams County. This is the first time a bear has been confirmed in Adams County this late in the year. What has now become common during spring when several bear sightings are reported make the permanent residency of a black bear all the more likely in Adams County or a neighboring county such as Pike or Scioto. According Susie Prang with the DOW, Ohio bears are most likely to head for the dens this Thanksgiving. Male bears tend to den later, about mid-December according to Prang. Expect bears to emerge from the dens in early to mid-March, pregnant females a bit longer to early April. Perhaps bear cubs in Adams County by next spring?

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Pictured is 16-year old Savannah McCoy of Peebles with a 13 point buck she harvested during Ohio’s youth season. Her brother Alan, also bagged a nice 8 pt. buck later that evening.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_McCoy.jpgPictured is 16-year old Savannah McCoy of Peebles with a 13 point buck she harvested during Ohio’s youth season. Her brother Alan, also bagged a nice 8 pt. buck later that evening. Photo by Chad and Lear McCoy

Tom Cross

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