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 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

Shaping tomorrow’s leaders

“Leadership is not about titles, positions or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another.”

This axiom by John C. Maxwell might well serve as the guiding principle of the Leadership Adams organization that was established in Adams County in 2010.

Some people believe great leaders are born, not made. While there are some born leaders, most people have to develop their leadership skills through dedicated and diligent practice.

In 2008, the world economy faltered and swayed on the edge of a global depression, there was widespread worker layoffs, and American morale, which had only begun to rise out of the long shadow of 9/11, began sinking. Life as we had known it seemed balanced on the edge of a blade.

It was during this period of time that a group of concerned citizens from Adams County began asking themselves what they could do to make things better. Mike Pell, CEO of First State Bank (FSB), was one of those people.

At the time, Pell was involved with a group in Brown County called Leadership Brown, and he also had several close friends who participated in a similar Leadership Highland program. Bringing the ideas that he had been exposed to in those groups, he and the others began exploring the idea of developing a similar leadership group in Adams County.

“In 2009, myself and handful of leaders in Adams County recognized that our community needed to develop leaders,” said Pell. “When things are not going well, it becomes very important that we work together to cast a positive vision for the future.”

Pell and the others believed that the best way to create and actualize that vision was by giving local leaders an opportunity to development their leadership skills.

“Effective leadership requires vision, collaboration, planning and a serious commitment to honing your leadership skills,” he explained.

Together the group, consisting of Pell, Don Bowles, CEO Dreamcatcher Communications; Chris Johnson,Pastor W3CU; Russ Brewer, Enterprise Center SSCC; David Richey, CFO at FSB; Michael Parks, Pastor Church 180; John Caldwell, Adams County Attorney; Peggy Chalker, SSCC; Nicole Roades, SSCC; John Condon, retired banker; Dan Harrison, Pastor W3CU, and Deana Swayne, Adams County Chamber of Commerce – began to develop and articulate their guiding vision and mission.

They developed their mission guidelines: To improve the quality of life for all who live and work in Adams County by developing and preparing individuals to assume leadership responsibilities in their communities and organizations.

And, their vision: To create a well informed, civically active community where individuals are able to influence the prosperity of the Adams County community through their strong leadership and interest in building the future.

In 2010, the Leadership Adams group was officially founded as a non-profit corporation under the laws of Ohio and was certified as a tax-exempt organization.

That year they began their first leadership class, inviting twelve local individuals to participate in the year-long program.

Since that time the Leadership Adams alumni has grown to include 70 members who have participated in the program. Additionally, in 2014 the group added a Youth Academy which provides local high school students the opportunity to participate in leadership projects.

The program, which focuses on the development of leadership skills, begins in September and lasts through June. Each month students have the opportunity to participate in a new skill-building project including: Team Building at Butler Springs in Sept.; Travel and Tourism Adams County in Oct.; Infrastructure in Nov.; Non Profits in Dec.; Health Care in Jan.; Education in Feb.; Commerce in March; Government Day in April; Leadercast in May; and Graduation in June.

Each month’s class provides students with unique learning opportunities. For instance, the Leadercast project each May features speakers such as Jack Welch, John C. Maxwell, and Peyton Manning; during Government Day in April the class members visit the state capitol and have the opportunity to meet elected leaders; and in December the students had the opportunity to present five local charities with a donation of $1,000 each.

The members of the 2016 class are Time Carter, Randy Chandler, Susan Huff, Michael Hughes, Amy McClellan, Scott McFarland, Beth Pistole, Richard Seas, Shalana Shreffler, and Carl Trotter.

For more information about Leadership Adams, go to

Members of Youth Leadership Adams were on hand to present a $1,000 check to the Peebles Community Food Pantry of Youth Leadership Adams were on hand to present a $1,000 check to the Peebles Community Food Pantry Submitted photo

The Winchester Church of Christ in Christian Union Food Pantry accepts a $1,000 check from Leadership Adams. Winchester Church of Christ in Christian Union Food Pantry accepts a $1,000 check from Leadership Adams. Submitted photo
Leadership Adams looks to the future

By Patricia Beech

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