Lady Indians go down in straight sets to Valley in sectional play Manchester hosts the inaugural Southern Ohio Cheer Challenge NAHS girls claim soccer sectional title Seas siblings are SHAC Cross-Country champions Lady Devils will collect fourth consecutive SHAC gold ball trophy Lady Hounds ousted in sectional tourney opener Peebles Lions Club holding Thanksgiving fund raiser FFA Fruit sales have begun, run until Nov. 18 Historical marker is repaired PES will present ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Eagle Creek Health and Rehabilitation Center Open House showcases new unit PES teacher honored by ACOVSD Board Friends of North Adams Library dedicate new brick Veterans Memorial Senior Profile: Landon Wright Geneva E Vogler Susan L Kremin Local golf teams complete play at state tournament Lady Dragons make school history with tournament win Browning gets hands-on look at NASA’s latest robotics Local beautician celebrates 80th birthday Health Department appeals to November voters Betty R Toller Senior Profile: Craig Horton Helen F Hoffer Super Saturday at Freedom Field Lady Dragons hang on for five-set victory over Manchester Seventh Grade Lady Hounds are SHAC Tournament champions Peebles Elementary announces September Students of the Month Rideout’s Muffler celebrating 40th anniversary this month Senior Citizens levy will appear on November ballot Bonnie J Orr Dorothy M Edenfield Senior Profile: Grace Barge Jerry Paquette Dragons get big 38-20 win at Green Manchester takes varsity team titles at West Union Invitational Lady Devils knock off Peebles on Volley For the Cure Night Manhunt ends with arrest of alleged bank robber Senior Profile: Kelsey Friend Lady Dragons finish as District Runners-Up Sectional pairings announced for volleyball and soccer 2 and 3 and worried is me Patricia Clift Adams County Humane Agent saves abandoned dogs and puppies Tourism had major economic impact on Adams County in 2015 Senator Portman brings his campaign to Adams County Betty E Lawson Sanborn NAHS holds National Honor Society induction ceremonies Harlan W Benjamin Joyce A Lafferty Senior Profile: Lee Hesler Dragons get SHAC win, 2-1 over Fairfield North Adams tops Peebles in ‘Kickin Cancer’ battles Double duty coming at Boys’ State Golf Tournament as West Union and North Adams both qualify Humane Society providing ‘Straws For Paws’ North Adams Elementary honors students and staff Russell Rockwell Julie L Wagner Hobert C Robinson Samuel D McClellan Brenda S Bare Clarencce Walker Jr Dolly M Hilterbrandt Jack Roush Day returns to Manchester West Union FFA has busy opening to school year ODOT opens new full-service Maintenance Facility Peebles Elementary introduces Peer Mentoring program Frost is recipient of Morgan Memorial Scholarship Peebles Fire Department has a new addition Heritage Days return to Tranquility Wheat Ridge Olde Thyme Herb Fair and Harvest Festival begins Friday Caraway Farm hosts annual Pumpkin Festival ‘Run Gio’ makes a visit to Adams County Senior Profile: Mackenzie Smith West Union, North Adams grab top two spots in Division III golf sectional tournament This memory will live with me forever Will M Stern West Union and North Adams-State Bound! Lillian N Smith Betty R Shelton Barbara ER Bohl Brenda Farley Senior Profile: Caitlyn Bradford Dragons roar to 40-0 Homecoming victory Greyhounds take three of four races at annual Adams County Meet Monarch Meadows holds grand opening Discovering a touch of glass on Erie’s Shores Junior L Conaway William B Brumley Sr Fred G Davis Ohio Valley FFA Officers for 2016-17 named ACRMC Emergency Care Center renamed after Dr. Bruce Ashley West Union holds football Homecoming festivities First graders pick the Sheriff Cross honored by ODNR with the prestigious Cardinal Award Renowned Ohio artist visits WUHS Don and Venita Bowles named 2016 Outstanding Fair Supporters PES students part of new Lego League Ferno donates $2,500 to OVCTC From the cistern to the city water

Winchester Happenings

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving and got overly stuffed like we did in my family. As we get older, it feels like the seasons pass so quickly and we need to keep reminding ourselves that each day is a blessing.

The Appalachian Hope Van was scheduled at the Winchester First Stop on Tuesday morning, Dec. 1 . The next date will be Jan. 5. (Remember you can get your cholesterol screening for $5.)

The Adams County Library mobile unit will be at the Village Garden Apartments on Thursday, Dec. 3 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. This is a wonderful program where you can borrow books during the winter when it is too cold to do anything else.

W3CU Compassion Ministries will be hosting the December food and clothing distribution on Dec. 10 (instead of Dec. 17) at 2:30 p.m. This is for the month of December only. If you or someone you know normally attends on the third Thursday, please let them know about the change.

Our Christmas with Santa program will be on Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in our Town Hall. The Caramel Festival Committee is working with the Winchester Police Department who will be distributing clothing items to children in need. If you have any coats, sweaters or socks for kids, please leave at the Town Hall by Dec. 7. We will have a small gift bag for the children and serve cookies and hot chocolate. I am pretty certain Santa will be visiting from the North Pole that weekend to help us celebrate. We will have a manger scene and are also inviting our local churches to participate in the caroling on that day. Rebecca Chandler is helping to coordinate this.

Vicki Thompson and Lou Rebensdorf III were united in marriage at the Winchester United Methodist Church on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 28. A reception followed in the church fellowship hall. Vicki is the daughter of Marlene and the late Virgil Thompson and is a teacher at Eastern. She and her new husband both have draft horses and many of the people attending the wedding were people who raise and show draft horses. She was a beautiful bride and we hope they have many years of happiness together.

Harry and Jo Ann Knechtly were married on Nov. 19, 1955. This year was their 60th Anniversary. They are the parents of six children and many, many grandchildren. Since it was so close to Thanksgiving, the family decided to celebrate the anniversary and Thanksgiving at the same time with a carry in dinner at the W3CU Church Gym on Sunday, Nov. 29 for family, church family and others. They had the room decorated and had a big wedding cake and everyone enjoyed it. Congratulations to a special couple. (I wonder if she made her own very excellent rolls.)

We have been requesting prayers for several folks in our community and need to add more. Patty Naylor is still in the hospital. Linda Thompson recently had surgery and has had some complications. Rochelle Massey is dealing with a chronic illness. Prayers also for Phyllis Harper, Mike Harper, Chris Campbell, Lary Young, Daisy Gill and Leon Ward. This is especially difficult for people during the holidays.

Winchester’s Past (Florence Bryson): William Long’s son Samuel, born 1847, went to St. Louis in 1885 and started a company manufacturing syrup under the name of S.N. Long Syrup Company. His wife Lou Havens passed away in 1895 and was brought back to Winchester for burial. She has a tall marker on the left side just beyond the cannon. Her parents, Anderson and Margaret Rudisill Havens are buried on the same lot. Samuel started another company, S. N. Long Warehouse Company and he became an active factor in the business circles of St. Louis through a period of 35 years. A son Wilfred born in Winchester in 1879 was associated with his father in the business and took over when Samuel retired. Wilfred was married in Winchester to Mary Elizabeth Fenton in 1902. They were married at the home of her parents, Lucien and Belle Fenton. Samuel remarried but she died in 1917. He passed away in 1937 at the age of 90 and was buried in St. Louis with his second wife.

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By Joyce Porter and Florence Bryson

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