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 Ohio Valley Wrestling Cub hosting home match on Jan. 31 Ruth A Branscome Velma Hughes Carol L Lewis Betty L Greiner Devils top New Boston 63-53 in finale of Coach Young Classic Lady Devils rout Eastern Pike in Young Classic Indians bounce back with 67-59 win over East OHSAA Baseball Pitch Count Regulation approved for 2017 At the buzzer, Rothwell gives Dragons an overtime win Greyhounds fall to Portsmouth Lady Indians roll past West Union 80-29 From Division II to the Senior Bowl COSI On Wheels visits West Union Elementary News from the Peebles PTO NAJH Basketball hosting ‘Play For The Cure’ Jan. 28

Back in the saddle again

Just as Gene Autry sang those lyrics as he rode the range totin’ his old 44, I have come riding back into town. Not on a nice white horse or carrying a 44, just my camera and my keyboard will probably be all I need. As a few of you already know, I am officially back on the sports beat in Adams County, though I move back in with somewhat mixed emotions.

The business world can be a tough place and for me to move back in, that meant that someone had to move out. That someone unfortunately was Charles Grove, who had done a bang-up job for us in news and then sports since he arrived here earlier in the year. Charles was a fine young man and a very good writer and he will be missed around here. He came into a tough spot as an “outsider” of sorts trying to learn new places and new people and just as he was excited about starting a basketball season, he gets bad news, but I have faith in Charles. He has talent and he will land on his feet. After all, the last Facebook picture that I saw of him, he was sitting with the president of UC in a suite. Looks like he has some pretty high-up connections. Good luck Charles and thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you did.

With that being said, I must beg your patience as I transition back into what I really wanted to do all along anyway. I may be a little rusty and I may forget a few things here and there so bear with me. I haven’t sat down and written sports all day until today and it takes a little getting used to-again. I hope that I can again live up to the standards that Adams County expects from their sports coverage and have no fear, I am ready to get back out there.

It wouldn’t be a return column if I didn’t gloat just a bit about a certain basketball team in Lexington, Ky. I will admit that this year’s version of the Big Blue didn’t have me too excited until I watched them dismantle the Dookies. Now I have some hope that this team will be fun to watch, and totally different from last year’s squad. (Before you say it, no, that just doesn’t happen at Kentucky.) There really isn’t that one dominant team in college basketball this year as we have already seen the number one team in the country lose to Northern Iowa, so this year’s March Madness should be just that-mad! Until then, enjoy the season, root for your team, and don’t bash my Wildcats too often. At least not where I can hear you.

I am also writing this on Monday evening, still stinging from that adventure in the desert last night for the now 8-2 Cincinnati Bengals. Finally, a prime time loss that can’t be blamed on Andy Dalton. It’s really no embarrassment to lost to the Cardinals, who are legitimate Super Bowl contenders even with Carson Palmer, especially when the sideline began to resemble a M*A*S*H unit by game’s end. Again, though, it was mismanagement that likely cost the Bengals that game along with some horrible penalty calls by NFL officials who seem to be working this year on a flag quota. Tick tock, tick tock, teach Marvin to use the clock…

So now I wrap up my return column and already start thinking about a topic for next week. I shall be riding back into a gym near you beginning tonight, not toting a 44 like good ol’ Gene Autry, but instead a D3100. Don’t worry, I’ll leave my horse tied up out in the parking lot. It’s good to be back.

Mark Carpenter

Sports Editor

Reach Mark Carpenter at 937-544-2391 or on Twitter @adamscosports.

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