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

Lots of dates to remember

The Beef School locations will be in the Hillsboro area and in Adams County this year, as we were in Brown County last year. The dates are Jan. 19, Feb. 2, and Feb. 16. These are all Tuesdays and will begin at 7 p.m. sharp. The following is from the OSU Beef Cattle Letter:

On Jan. 19, 2016 the focus will be squarely on the markets and marketing including outlook, and risk management. Dr. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, will kick off the program with his insight into the beef cattle markets- where they’ve been, where they may be going, and how they will get there. Peel will discuss the factors that have pressured the market and suggest if and when they will subside, and to what level they might recover. Sam Roberts of Producers Livestock will also join the broadcast and offer suggestions on market risk management and capturing profitable pricing opportunities in the coming year.

During the second session on Feb. 2, the attention will turn back to the basics in an effort to bust some myths that may be negatively affecting our bottom line. Members of the OSU Extension Beef Team will take turns addressing some of the management questions and comments we’ve received during Beef School sessions over the years. This will be a fast paced look at a variety of profit centered concepts including calving windows, genetic choices, breeding management, crossbreeding and economic traits that will be the most meaningful in coming years.

The series will conclude on Feb. 16 with a focus squarely on the end product. Dr. Lyda Garcia, Assistant Professor of Meat Sciences at Ohio State University, will discuss enhancing end product values from a point of view through the live animal.

The New and Small Farm College will be conducted at three locations this year. The first college will be held in Brown County at the Southern State Community College, Brown County Campus, 351 Brooks-Malott Road in Mt. Orab on Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 20, 2016 and continuing through Monday, March 16, 2016. Classes run from 6:30 – 9 p.m. each week. This class will be limited to the first 50 registrations. The other locations are Athens and Miami Counties.

The cost of the course is $150 per person, $100 for an additional family member. Along with the vast resources and knowledge gained, participants will receive a notebook (per each $150 registration) of all resource materials, a soil test, refreshments, and the bus tour.

Registrations are now being accepted. Individuals interested in the program may contact the Brown County Extension office at (937) 378- 6716, the Athens County Extension office at (740) 593-8555, or the Miami County Extension office at (937) 440-3945. Registration brochures for the program can also be found online at the following websites , , , or at and are also available in area Ohio State University Extension offices. It is also available at

For further information contact Tony Nye, OSU Small Farm Program Coordinator at (937) 382-0901 or E-mail at .

Pesticide and Fertilizer Dates

With the new year approaching quickly, I have had a few questions concerning the requirements, and/or need for, a fertilizer certification. Who will need it and who will not need this certification is a common question. First of all we all need to remember that this does not go into effect until Sept. 30, 2017. However, as people become certified they are required to keep records and follow the requirements.

The Ohio Agricultural Fertilizer Applicator Certification Requirements states the following to these questions.

Do I need a fertilizer certification? Fertilizer certification is required if you apply fertilizer (other than manure) to more than 50 acres of agricultural production grown primarily for sale. If you hire a co-op or other custom applicator to make the applications, you do not need the certification.

Do I need the certification if I raise forage for my livestock? The term “agricultural production” is defined as the cultivation, primarily for sale, of plants or any parts of plants on more than 50 acres. If you raise forage (e.g., hay, silage, corn) for use on your farm, and have questions please contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture by phone at 800-282-1955. This part is not in the flyer, but basically if you are raising crops, like hay or corn, that is going to primarily be fed to your livestock, you will not need certification.

The other thing that must be clearly understood is the difference between a 2-hour certification and a 3-hour certification. If you have a pesticide license, you are only required to attend a 2-hour certification. If you do not have a pesticide license you must attend a three-hour certification. Without a pesticide license a two-hour session will not get you the credit needed for certification.

Pesticide testing is available on the second Monday of every month except October (third Monday) at the Old Y Restaurant at noon. You must pre-register through or call the Ohio Department of Agriculture at 800-282-1955 and extension 3 followed by a 1.

The sessions are as follows: Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 at North Adams High School. This session will begin at 5 p.m. with Fertilizer training until 7 p.m. Then we will break for pizza followed by the pesticide re-certification from 7:30- 10:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 at Southern State Community College in Hillsboro. This session begins at 10 a.m. with Fertilizer training until noon. Then we will break for pizza followed by pesticide re-certification from 12:30- 3:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 at Southern Hills Board Office on Hamer Road in Georgetown. This session begins at 10 a.m. with Fertilizer training until noon. Then we will break for pizza followed by pesticide re-certification from 12:30- 3:30 p.m.

Remember to pre-register early. You can also e-mail Cindy at Please mail payment to the Brown County Extension office at 325 W. State St. Bldg. B, Georgetown, OH 45121.

I will have more dates including programming on GAP for Tobacco Growers, Vegetable Programming, Bee Keeping Programs and more in the coming weeks.

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