Junior Fair BBQ again a big success Beulah B James Senior Profile: Josie Myers Lady Indians place second at Ohio Classic in Hillsboro MVCA dominates Greyhounds in 45-0 triumph For Lady Devils, SHAC streak goes to 55 matches 9/11: Sixteen years later Gertrude Gibson Defender Bowl coming Sept. 16 Joyce A Walker Virginia R Young Senior Profile: Abby Campton West Union hosts 2017 Dragon Run New gridiron history begins for Peebles Trout, fire, and blueberry fields forever Senior Profile: Baylee Justice Lady Devils win SHAC thriller at Eastern Brown From Blue Creek to the Beaneaters Tough loss for Greyhounds in season opener Turning tragedy into hope What we learn from failure Absolutely had to get the wrinkles out Frances S Kidder Leo Trotter 41st Bentonville Festival set to begin Sept. 8 Winchester celebrates its history during three-day street fair Cruisefest returning to streets of Peebles Blue Creek- a community in transition honors its history and heritage Cuteness Galore – Winchester Homecoming Festival Baby Show Ronnie L Day Cast your vote for the Adams County Fairgrounds Nelson E Atkinson Ryan L Colvin Richard Tackett William L Tadlock Penny Pollard Wendell Beasley West Union soccer drops pair at Mason County Lady Indians go down in straight sets Senior Profile: Michael Gill Senior Profile: Katie Sandlin Royals dominate in big win over North Adams Dragons continue County Cup domination Archaeology Day returns to Serpent Mound Hourglass Quilt Square is back up again Manchester family hosts International Guests History, farming, and family- the bedrock of Cherry Fork’s community Bus drivers, emergency responders prepare for coming school year Working up a real good sweat What’s behind the motive? Rondal R Bailey Jr Thelma J Yates She’s all grown up now Scott A Yeager Soccer talent on display at 2017 SHAC preview Baseball community mourns the loss of Gene Bennett Winchester Homecoming Festival is Aug 25-27 Eleanor P Tumbleson Felicity man killed in Ohio River boating accident WUHS golfers take Portsmouth Invitational It was pretty cold that day Volleyball kicks off with SHAC Preview Night Young awarded Women’s Western Golf Foundation Scholarship One Mistake Senator Portman visits GE Test Facility in Peebles Adams County school districts facing some major challenges for the coming year Family, friends, and roots: the ties that bind residents of one Adams County village What is your strength? Just the chance to take a look back Ronnie L Wolford Dale J Marshall Herbert Purvis Great American Solar Eclipse coming Aug. 21 BREAKING NEWS: West Union wins fifth consecutive County Cup Wallace B Boden John L Fletcher Lady Indians golfers learning the links North Adams, West Union golfers open 2017 seasons This Labor Day, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Blanton announces candicacy for Court of Appeals Local student attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders MHS welcomes new principal Made in America When it feels like you’re spinning plates Bonfires and “building” a farm Lady Devils looking to take that next step 50 years of Bengal memories Ag Society delivers donation to Dragonfly Foundation Young Memorial Scholarship awarded to a pair of local seniors ‘Musical passion is in his blood’ Naylor named NAHS Principal Boldman retiring after 17 years as Homeless Shelter director Manchester concludes another River Days celebration Drug Treatment vs. Prison James R Brown Bobby Lawler Jr Adams County man charged with killing estranged girlfriend Lexie N Hopkins Volleyball, soccer previews coming this weekend Michael A Cheek

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

Reach Patricia Beech at 937-544-2391 or at pbeech@civitasmedia.com

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