David Kierzek Theresa C Davis Edward F Storer Ralph Rader DP&L to stick with planned closings Preventing tax season identity theft 4-H awards 11 local scholarships Peebles Elementary holds Spirit Week Humane Society to hold Radio Auction Local business partners find historical treasure in old bank building DP&L employees meet with union leadership GE-Peebles Test Operation joins the campaign about Distracted Driving North Adams Elementary recognizes February Students of the Month Senior Profile: Sydney Michael Stars will shine for the 34th annual C-103 All-Star Game NAHS Track/XC host Shamrock Shuffle 5K Associated Press names All-Southeast District Teams Senior Profile: Hannah Howard Nice to finally be a small part of March Madness The tractor has always been special Jimmy Nelson Kathryn Boldman James E Downs Manchester grad enjoys a “Super” Experience Taking Adams County patriotism to the state capitol John P Sininger Jo Ann Hayslip Harvey U Schrock Eunice G. Burgess Senior Profile: Kaulen St Michael Cox Racing returns to Brushcreek on April 2 Southern Hills Athletic Conference holds Winter Sports Awards ceremony County provides multiple walking venues Adams County parks are tobacco-free Rhoads Memorial 5K Run/Walk is April 9 Peebles Elem. Staff of the Month Floyd E Maddy Raymond A Holt Derrick Poe Spencer E McFarland Mintie F Rogers Roberta Eylar Big Time Wrestling coming to NAHS Carl Tomlin CTC students help with storm clean-up Opening the door for high-tech jobs Jack R Slyger Thomas Stratton Jr Eastern Lady Warriors headed to Final Four Senior Profile: Logan Rogers Southern Hills Athletic Conference names 2016-17 All-Conference Basketball Teams Winchester PD continues assault on drugs Alonso joins Defender staff Sheriff to set up outpost in Manchester Johnson named OEDA Membership Chairperson Sherman E Young Ruth Jackman ‘Kitten Season’ comes to Ohio Manchester Council votes to disband PD Olde Wayside Inn under new management Two overdose on heroin Senior Profile: Ethan Parrett Adams/Brown Youth League holds postseason tourney Three nights of pain Furious rally falls short, Lady Devils again eliminated in Div. III district finals, 45-42 Oscar Moore Barbara J Finnegan Ohio Senate and House honor Miss Ohio USA Michael Eldridge Frances Towner Thelma R Williamson BREAKING NEWS: Manchester council votes to eliminate police department Before all dogs go to heaven Adaptive Bikes delivered in Adams County Adams County Junior Fair Market Hog Identification plans announced for 2017 Local couple takes ownership of two local businesses Jo Hanson to retire after nearly 50 years in banking Sierra Club, hero or villain? Greyhounds, Devils are runners-up in SHAC Tournaments Harold L Purdin Senior Profile: Jacob Wickerham 98-year old author publishes first book Early March storm packs destructive punch Jeeps rally in second half to end the Peebles season How about some post season awards? Thanks for all the great sports coverage PHS Principal hopes to expand students’ world view When spring becomes a promise Greg Lorenz Clay shoots the lights out, shoots down Greyhounds’ season Senior Profile: Savannah McFarland Devils put up a good fight, but fall to Portsmouth in sectional final, 50-43 Second half comeback sends Lady Devils to district finals for third straight year Butts honored by Southeast District Athletic Board North Adams Elementary holds Random Acts of Kindness Week Chester W Eyre BREAKING NEWS: March makes its entrance with force WUES kicks off Right to Read Week with guest readers WUHS students see Aronoff show on the life of Edgar Allan Poe Local high school seniors winners of Wendy’s Heisman Awards

2016 Primary candidates announced

Officials with the Adams County Board of Election have released the names of candidates vying for offices in the 2016 election. While most of the candidates are running unopposed, two incumbent seats will face competition in this election cycle.

Commissioner Paul Worley (D) will face opposition from Republican candidate Teresa Diane Ward for the Jan. 2017 term; and former Adams County Sheriff’s deputy Shawn Cooley will go up against his former boss, Kimmy Rogers, in the March 2016 primary.

Among those running unopposed in the 2016 primary are incumbents Stephen P. Caraway for the Commissioner’s term ending Jan. 3, 2017, and Larry W. Best for Adams County Coroner. Judge Brett Spencer (Dem) runs unopposed to retain his seat in the common Pleas Court, as does incumbent Republican David Kelley for Adams County Prosecutor.

Also running unopposed are incumbents: Larry Heller (Rep) for Clerk of Courts, Mark A. Tolle (Dem) for Adams County Recorder, Lisa Newman (Rep) for Treasurer, and David Charles Hook (Rep) for County Engineer.

Several levy options will also appear on the 2016 ballot.

The village of Manchester will ask its citizens to consider an Additional/Street Construction/5mills/5 years levy.

The township of Manchester is seeking passage of three levies: Replacement/Maintaining and Operating Cemeteries/2 mills/5 years; Replacement/Maintaining and Operating Cemeteries/0.5 mills/5 years; and Replacement/Maintaining and Operating Cemeteries/1 mill/5 years.

The residents of the village of Winchester will vote on a Renewal/Current Expenses/3 mills/5 years levy; they will also cast votes on an Aggregation of Electricity.

Sprigg Township voters will consider two local options: Hilltop Recreation Inc. DBA Humphrey’s Hilltop Golf Course-Sale of Beer, and Hilltop Recreation Inc. DBA Humphrey’s Hilltop Golf Course-Sunday Sale of Beer.

Also on the ballot are candidates for the Democratic and Republican Central Committees.

Republican Central Committee members are Gerald Hart Wallingford for Bratton Township; Dennis Gustin for Brush Creek Township; Lee Pertuset for Locust Grove; Micah Poe for Liberty South; Tyler G. Sheeley for Libery North; William E. McFarland for Manchester United; David Kelley for Peebles East; Ty R. Pell for Meigs Township; Brian B. Williams for Oliver Township; Dewey West for Seaman village; Eddie Geeslin for Scott Township; Jimmy R. Thomas for Sprigg Township; Tanya M. Drinnon for West Union A; Stephen P. Caraway for West Union B; Randy F. Ralston for Tiffin East; Dale Mendenhall for Tiffin West; Jon C. Moore, Jr. for Wayne Township; William C. Foster for Winchester village; and Dana N. Whalen for Winchester Township.

Democratic Central Committee members are Thomas Conroy for Bratton Township; Jack Hazelbaker for Brush Creek Township; Vicki L. Brady for Locust Grove; Eugenia Grooms for Green Township; Dennis J. Grooms for Jefferson Township; Ruth Pence for Liberty South; Janet K. Campbell for Liberty North; Judy Peterson for Manchester United; Linda D. Worley for Peebles East; Jerry O. Grooms for Peebles West; Summer Drummond for Meigs Township; Sheena White for Monroe Township; Racheal Stephenson for Oliver Township; Ethel Chambers for Seaman Village; Patricia Shoemaker for Scott Township; Linda Sue Naylor for Sprigg Township; Bonnelene Hawkins for West Union A; Sheila Roush for West Union B; Virginia B. Grooms for Tiffin East; John E. Hendrix for Tiffin West; Linda J. Stepp for Wayne Township; Roger Taylor for Winchester Village; and Dennis Pence for Winchester Township.

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Challengers vie for Sheriff’s office and Commissioner’s seat

By Patricia Beech

pbeech@civitasmedia.com

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