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 Basketball officiating class being offered in October Peebles rolls by West Union in straight sets Par for the course, Dragons sweep SHAC Golf titles Greyhounds hang on late for first win of 2016 season You have to understand the process to understand the job Alex K Miller Ann E Campbell Scott N Atkinson Senior Profile: Tyler Fowler Martin named to All-Tourney Team in North/South Battlefield Classic 200 years on the banks of the Ohio, in a little town called Moscow Edwin P Prince ACRMC Emergency Care Center renamed after Dr. Bruce Ashley Volleyball teams honor young cancer patient

FSB celebrates opening

The First State Bank of Adams County held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new Winchester Operations Center on Tuesday, Dec. 8. Work on the project began just over a year ago on the home-site of the bank’s founder, Lucien Jerome Fenton.

Those attending included: local elected officials, members of the bank’s board of trustees, bank employees, and community members. Following the ribbon-cutting, food and drinks were served and those attending the ceremony were given guided tours through the new facility.

The newly constructed, two-story building features 44 work stations, two conference rooms, 1,100 square feet of training space, a kitchen, and 36 new parking spots.

The first floor of the new operations center will house the bank’s deposit and accounting departments. The second floor will hold the loan, credit and compliance departments. The facility will be approximately 60 percent occupied at the time of the opening, allowing for future growth.

“We plan to be the premier financial institution in our community, dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and high value products, while enhancing shareholder value,” Mike Pell, President and CEO of First State told the more than fifty people who attended the ceremony.

As of Jan. 1, 2016, the spacious, state-of-the-art training hall will be available for community members and organizations to use for meetings, events and trainings. The room includes a projector screen, white boards, and enough space to accommodate more than 60 people.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have the new operations center completed,” said Pell,“The additional space will allow our departments to continue to grow and we are so excited about the training facility and the learning potential it holds for our company as well as others within our community.”

The first phase of the project, the revitalization of the village park and Veterans Memorial, opened in August during the Winchester bicentennial celebration.

“Since our inception, First State Bank has chosen to invest in our future,” Pell told those in attendance, “We invest in our customers, employees, products, facilities, and communities. We stick to our mission to serve our community with passion.”

During the ceremony Pell recognized Charlie Stratton and Gail Longacre, the primary contractors for the completed project. He also recognized the internal team: Adam Poole, Dan Ferguson, Brad Jones, Shalana Shreffler, and Mike Davis – all of whom partnered with local contractors, subs, and vendors to bring the project in below budget.

The First State Bank was founded as the Winchester Banking Company in 1884 by Lucien G. Fenton, a U.S. Representative and clerk of the United States Treasury in Washington DC in the late 1800’s.

Today, the bank offers customers a full range of products including traditional, personal, commercial and agricultural loan and deposit solutions. Additionally, First State Bank customers have the option of convenient online and mobile banking. FSB Mobile App users also now have the option of mobile check deposit, so checks can be deposited anywhere, anytime.

First State Bank has location in Adams, Brown, Highland, and Fayette Counties, and one coming soon to Clinton County. To learn more about the bank, visit

The people pictured above attended the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for First State Bank’s new Winchester Operations Center. Those attending included local elected officials, bank employees, the bank’s board of trustees, and community members. President and CEO, Mike Pell, cut the ribbon to officially open the new facility. people pictured above attended the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for First State Bank’s new Winchester Operations Center. Those attending included local elected officials, bank employees, the bank’s board of trustees, and community members. President and CEO, Mike Pell, cut the ribbon to officially open the new facility. Patricia Beech | People’s Defender
Training space to be used by community members

By Patricia Beech

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