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 Adams County Manor holds annual Door Decorating Contest WUHS celebrates with numerous Christmas activities Halftime lead quickly vanishes, Dragons fall to Northwest 73-62 in Saturday night non-conference match up Tammy S Scott Oscar Hilterbrandt Neil R Swayne Beulah M Daniels McDonald’s Classic begins Dec. 27 Letters to Santa Senior Profile: Tyler Swearingen Leadership Adams donates to local outreach programs North Adams student/athletes are part of Holiday Sharing Event Senior Profile: Kylie Lucas West Union Elementary holds Academic Fair on Dec. 2 WUES holds annual Spelling Bee NAHS Art students help out the Humane Society Peebles Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners

Health Commissioner retires Dec. 31

Bruce Ashley MD, Adams County Health Commissioner, Medical Director, and Registered Sanitarian, will retire on Dec. 31, 2015. The Adams County Health Department staff would like to thank him for his competent leadership through the years. Bruce has been someone we have trusted and leaned on for many years. He has served as a leader through many changes in employees and has made each of us better in our roles.

Adams County has been under his guidance for the last 40 years maintaining the health and safety of all who reside here. Many changes have occurred over these 40 years. Dr. Ashley has handled many issues that involved our county. Words cannot express all that he has done and given to Adams County.

Ashley moved here from his hometown of Louisville, Ky. He graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1971. He bought a farm in Cedar Mills where he still resides. He has a great love of nature and the outdoors and is an avid horseman and belongs to the Mountain Men.

When he first came here to live he started his medical career at the Adams/Brown Community Action Program (ABCAP) general medical clinic in Panhandle. Later he practiced at the Celebration of Health Clinic in Peebles. Only Dr. Ashley knows how many babies he helped to deliver safely into their mother’s arms. He has cared for the old and young alike.

Carolyn Work, RN PNP, and Garnet Hughes, RN, were working at the Adams County Health Department when Dr. Ashley began his tenure as Adams County Health Commissioner. For a time Dr. Ashley was obliged to administer immunizations to the children in need of them when a nurse was not available. Carolyn has several stories regarding what they did during their years together. They were a great teamwho were able to accomplish many things.

Dr. Ashley worked at the Adams County Hospital, now known as Adams County Regional Medical Center, as the Emergency Room Director, where he is still actively working. At this time he has no plans to retire from the hospital.

Some of his activities over the last 40 years include, Chief of the Adams County Hospital Medical Staff, Chairman of the Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee, Medical Director for the Adams County EMS, Manchester and West Union Life Squads. He belongs to the Ohio Association of Health Commissioners and the Ohio Environmental Health Association, is a member of the South West Ohio Public Health Steering Committee, part of the Regional Epidemiologist Disease lnvestigators (REDI), and, since its inception, amember of the Regional Physician Advisory Committee (EMS) for the Southwest region of Ohio.

Besides being a physician in our county, he has raised his family. He is married to Sharon Copas Ashley. He has worked with Sharon at the hospital throughout these years. She recently retired as the Chief Nursing Officer at the Adams County Regional Medical Center. He has two sons, two daughters and five grandchildren.

The Adams County Health Department has evolved through the years also. Dr. Ashley has seen changes in home visits, immunizations practices from a few shots to several vaccines given to keeping a person free from disease, along with water and sewage changes. 9-11 brought its own changes as emergency preparedness became a priority. Disaster drills and policies have been developed to keep Adams County prepared to face any type of disaster. The Adams County Mass Casualty Response Committee was formed, bringing counry departments together to work and plan how to protect the residents of Adams County from natural or manmade disasters.

ln the beginning of Dr. Ashley’s commissioner duties, communication consisted of the U.S. Mail , use of rotary telephones on “pafi lines”, Ham radios, and word of mouth. The advances now include smart phones, digital and computer access to the world, use of T1 lines, MARCS radios connecting our office to the Ohio Department of Health and other county agencies by a touch of a button. He is leaving as our Health Commissioner at this time, but will still be here in Adams County and all hope that he will be an active volunteer as needed. He is a true inspiration as a person, boss, friend, advisor, and represents the ideal physician.

Bruce Ashley MD, Adams County Health Commissioner, Medical Director, and Registered Sanitarian, will retire on Dec. 31, 2015.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_2015-Photo-Dr.-Ashley.jpgBruce Ashley MD, Adams County Health Commissioner, Medical Director, and Registered Sanitarian, will retire on Dec. 31, 2015. Submitted photo

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