Local business donates shotguns to WUPD Senior Profile: Shannon Runyan Reds employees recognize Dr. King’s ‘Spirit of Service’ Saving Adams County’s power plants North Adams High School announces annual Science Fair Winners Board of Developmentally Disabled holds Jan. 11 swearing-in ceremony Peebles Elementary honors December Students of the Month Adams County villages receive Bike Racks and Fix-it Stations College Credit Plus Program available to high school students Wenstrup selected as Chairman of Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health 2017 Manchester Homecoming is ‘Super’ Lions put damper on Manchester Homecoming West Union athletes honored by OSSCA Senior Profile: Story Kremin Bickett, Runyan lead Lady Dragons to victory in Manchester Indians improve to 8-3 with Saturday night rout of Portsmouth West Farm Bureau scholarships available to HS seniors Wilbur named to the Wilmington College Dean’s List Opal Van Hoose Ruby Yazell Chris Volk North Adams High School holds annual Homecoming ceremonies Six workers injured in power plant explosion Commissioners hold proclamation ceremony for 4-H Week Senior Profile: Shyanne Tucker Coach Young Classic is Saturday at NAHS Helen Kerr Anna L DeMint The garden that got us through the winter months Virginia L Fricker JV Devils top Northwest 51-34 Senior Profile: Caitlin Young North Adams moves to 7-5 with 16-point Homecoming win over Northwest Held to a higher standard Claudia J Purtee Shaylee E Prewitt Questions still linger in Stuart explosion Richard Holsinger J Ruth Madden Frank E Swayne Robert Bechdolt Sara D Hatfield Barbara Goodwin Jeffrey Frederick Grace E Myers Johnny A Sullender Sr. Senator Joe Uecker sworn-in for second term Wenstrup sworn in for third term in House Ronald L Chochard Patrick P Clift Samuel W Freeland Senior Profile: Casey Mullenix Lady Dragons win ugly, taking Classic consolation game over Manchester, 48-45 Greyhounds roll by West Union to take Classic consolation game, 82-58 History made as Ward takes oath of office Peter A Bennington Tangela R King McDonald’s Classic crowns 2016 champions MVP Arey leads Peebles to McDonald’s Classic title, Indians outlast North Adams 82-76 in double overtime thriller Lady Devils get Classic three-peat, make it 10 of 11, 14 titles for Coach Davis Senior Profile: Raegan Dick Teaching students the power of giving Kids at Children’s Home gifted with shopping spree Marion Liming Dorothy Huff John R Murphy Michael L McAninch Rita Rogers Edward L Combs Ronald W Staggs Mary H Grooms Gladys Wilson Donald Barnhill Monda Van Vorren Deborah Spires Senior Profile: Andre Wolke Indians pull away in second half, get past Manchester 71-58 in Classic semis On home floor, Lady Indians move to Classic title game North Adams handles West Union, Devils move to Classic finals with 68-53 victory Lady Devils roll into Classic championship Beth E Rowley Leatrice Lewis Senior Profile: Justin Aldridge Mary Helterbridle Wanda Huffman PES Performing Arts entertains at Hometown Christmas Adams County Manor sends holiday wishes Peebles Lions Club hosts Christmas breakfast Elusive Elf on a Shelf makes a return visit to PES Santas in blue spread Christmas cheer in a very special way Senior Profile: Aubrey McFarland WUHS holds Hall of Fame induction ceremonies WUHS Academic Team has undefeated season Serving those who served their country From Pearl Harbor to ‘America’s Got Talent’, 93-year-old WWII vet is still going strong Yester Years brings a touch of old to the new Merry Christmas to you all North Adams Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners Peebles High School hosts Homecoming ceremonies Children in need receive gifts at PES

Teens killed in accident

Friends, teachers, co-workers, and extended family members all expressed their shock and sorrow on social media Sunday evening, in response to the tragic deaths of two local teenagers.

Dillion Grooms, 18, of West Union and Hayley Grooms, 18, of Blue Creek were making plans to spend the rest of their lives together following Dillion’s Christmas Eve proposal of marriage.

Both Dillion and Hayley attended the Ohio Valley Career and Technical Center (CTC) in West Union.

The CTC principal, Jason Vesey told the Defender, “Hayley completed the APS (Administrative Professional Support) program and Dillion completed the Auto Tech program at the CTC. They were both were very successful, earning high academic marks and making positive contributions to their programs. As a part of her program, Haley worked in the office and always provided staff and students with a bright smile and was eager to help out with anything she could do. Dillion was active with demolition derby cars and always worked with other Auto Tech students to prepare their cars for upcoming derby events. Students like Haley and Dillion represent the best of what we do at the CTC, it is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to these two CTC alums.”

The Ohio State Highway Patrol and other first responders were called to the scene of the two-car accident near the Timber Ridge Apartment complex on State Route 247 and Jane Street, at approximately 5 pm.

According to State Highway Patrolman Joshua Hunter, Dillion Grooms was driving southbound on 247 in a 2001 Ford Mustang. Hayley Grooms was a passenger in the car. After cresting a hill with a slight left curve Grooms entered a counter-clockwise spin, went left of center and stuck an oncoming car driven by Ivan Ward, 73 of West Union.

Ward was traveling northbound in a 1999 Cadillac Deville. Road conditions are believed to have been a factor in the accident.

Both teens were pronounced dead at the scene by the Adams County Coroner’s office.

Mr. Ward was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in Cincinnati by the West Union Life Squad. His injuries were not life threatening. He was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

Patrolman Hunter reported that neither teen was wearing a seat belt.

Drugs and alcohol are not considered to be factors in the accident.

The West Union Police Department, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, and the West Union Fire/Emergency Medical Services assisted at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Georgetown Post.

According to records kept by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the deaths of the two teens raises the number of car accident fatalities in Adams County in 2015 to five.

The OSHP encourages all motorists to buckle up. From 2011 — 2013 more than half of the people killed on Ohio’s roadways were not wearing a safety belt. Safety belts save lives and reduce injury in crashes. It is the easiest thing you can do to protect yourself, your family and your friends.

This 2001 Ford Mustang was involved in a deadly accident Sunday evening on State Route 247 near West Union.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_Accident1.jpgThis 2001 Ford Mustang was involved in a deadly accident Sunday evening on State Route 247 near West Union. Patricia Beech | People’s Defender

This 1999 Cadillac Deville was also involved in the accident that took the life of two teenagers in West Union.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_Accident2.jpgThis 1999 Cadillac Deville was also involved in the accident that took the life of two teenagers in West Union. Patricia Beech | People’s Defender

A community mourns as recently engaged Haley and Dillion Grooms both tragically lost their lives in a Dec. 27 auto accident near West Union.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_Grooms1.jpgA community mourns as recently engaged Haley and Dillion Grooms both tragically lost their lives in a Dec. 27 auto accident near West Union. Courtesy photo
Driver of second car escapes serious injury

By Patricia Beech

pbeech@civitasmedia.com

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