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 Harper, Hupp, Defense lead Lady Devils to fourth consecutive sectional championship West Union Elementary recognizes Students of the Month for January Second Healthy Hero awarded by Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition Coal company files to intervene in power plant closings Senior Profile: Jessica Sowards Senior Profile: Dennis Welch Dorothy E Walls Mabel Chamblin Michael R Jones Marie I Simmons Ray Johnson One thing to remember this President’s Day Adams County Deer Harvest down over 21% MLSD amends five-year budget, prepares for future with power plant closings Lady Dragons triumph in sectional opener Lady Hounds eighth graders capture SHAC Tournament title Gary L Fetters Sr Boys Sectional brackets released ‘We’re only as good as the way we treat others’ Another round of smiles Adams County Board of DD members recognized Terry L Unger 8th Grade Lady Devils ousted in tourney semis WU’s McCarty signs with Ohio Christian Joyce A Huddleson Carolyn Spires BREAKING NEWS: Peebles police search for man accused of selling marijuana-laced sweets Decision Time BBN Senior Profile: Summer Grundy Lady Devils fall to Southeastern, 56-48 Devils outlast Manchester 47-44 in double overtime Peebles holds second Hall of Fame Ceremony Senior Profile: Patrick England Sowards hits 1,000, ties PHS three-point mark County agencies prepare for sweeping budget cuts Manchester Council votes to cut police chief’s hours Wrestling debuts in Adams County Peebles Library hosts book signing As plants power down, community must step up Raymond P Dryden Alva Palmer Billie L Shoemaker Judith Long Brent A Arn Girls basketball sectional pairings announced WU’s Weeks will continue gridiron career at next level West Union JH Boys drop pair at Ripley Eighth Grade Lady Hounds roll into SHAC semi-finals Janet A Kennedy DP&L moving ahead with plans to close power plants Outreach Center in Peebles is a hub of giving River Sweep contest winners announced Gordley hits 1,000 mark, but Indians drop crucial SHAC contest to Lynchburg Manchester lifters compete at Piketon Senior Profile: Madelyn Sanders Charles L Hurd Randy Casto Bobby Strunk Dorothy J Scott Chester A Lanter Coach David Smalley picks up 500th career win at Rio Grande Dustin Holbrook Senior Profile: Camron Gordley As usual, optimism abounds on 2017 Reds Caravan Breeze, Beasley newest members of NAHS Athletic HOF Two humble men Adams County Manor Home Health Care makes road to recovery easier Don and Venita Bowles named as Outstanding Fair Supporters ‘Tip off For Tammy’ is a huge success, joint effort by two schools Husted campaign makes stop in Peebles Benefit held for double-lung transplant recipient I loved that muddy water, building in the creek Margaret E Broughton Larry A Hanson DP&L press release confirms closing of power plants Eighth grade girls showdown lives up to hype, North Adams wins in overtime, 45-43 Senior Profile: Raeanna Stamm North Adams Football sign-ups coming soon North Adams JV girls go 11-4 with win over Peebles Harper wins MaxPreps/JJHuddle Athlete of the Week West Union duo headed to the college gridiron Lady Devils make it 11 straight with win at Peebles Adams County residents attend Trump Inauguration A Look back at our Archives Peebles native comes home to film documentary

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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