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 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

Looking back at four years in office

First, I want to remind all of us for a moment that we serve at will by the people and for the people. We have a lot of rich history that runs through the village of Manchester and I am truly thankful that I have had an opportunity to serve.

I trust that I have served the way our village founding forefathers envisioned it, that we would be led by citizens who recognize that the blessing of governing ourselves requires that we give something of ourselves.

Being sworn in to serve the people makes no mention of party, faction, or title, contains no reference to agendas or platforms, but only to the Constitution, Laws and Ordinances.

Put simply, we are sent here not to be something, but to do something – to do the right thing. It’s a big job, and it comes with big challenges.

Over the past four years we have turned on $15,000 worth of street lights, over-seen several dilapidated houses torn down, (This, previous administrations ignored and didn’t want to participate in. We started when the program was ending). In the past four years six properties were torn down.

We have seen fruitful efforts of the Karma Points, Inc. and with the efforts of private citizens together with their involvement of using our FEMA property to produce a bountiful harvest that has been distributed to the Manchester Community Care Center and other places.

The Storm Sewer (Broadway, Pike and 5th St.) Project was completed and when it rains it doesn’t flood the intersection and along 5th Street and Pike and 5th.

When I came into office I urged the council and members of the public that the main arteries of the village such as US Route 52 (2nd Street), St. Rt. 136 (Jack Roush Way) and the riverfront to be clean, nice and appealing. For the most part we had done just that. Efforts first led by Wayne Blythe to start painting the buildings in the Business District and then others followed. Lights were finished up on Front Street at the River Park and park benches installed along Front Street towards Broadway Street

The Jack Roush Committee installed the Street Light Project on 2nd Street in the Business District.

We had no tornado sirens in operation. Over the past four years we fixed that problem by installing and repairing the broken sirens for the east and west side of town. Now our citizens can be alerted if storms should strike.

We had a severe drug problem in Manchester four years ago when I took office. Other police agencies were combating OUR drug problem. Under my administration we put a crack down on that and I appreciate what Chief Jeff Otis Bowling and K-9 Officer Jason Mallott have done to stop this problem. I recall before I ran for Mayor I was standing in the bay of the Manchester Firehouse and witnessed a drug exchange in the middle of the streets. We called the police then, but it was a long delayed response. Today, it certainly isn’t that bad. The police protection and presence has greatly impacted Manchester and I trust it will in the future and that this Council and Mayor-Elect Hilderbrand will continue to strengthen the department which I built.

Some members have went on the record in public meetings saying we have done nothing. I have just taken a few moments and explained what we have done and it was only made possible by people working together.

As former U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner said, “Public service was never meant to be easy.”

In closing, I am reminded that there is a time to every purpose under Heaven. May God have mercy upon us, The United States of America, the State of Ohio, Adams County and us as the Village of Manchester.

Mayor Troy A. Jolly

Manchester, Ohio

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