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 Volleyball teams honor young cancer patient MHS honors veterans during pregame Kirker Covered Bridge gets a ‘Brown Goose’ facelift

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


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

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