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 CTC FCCLA / Culinary Arts class holds Cancer Awareness Drive Amen receives Distinguished Service Award ‘Tis the season for family-past, present, and future MHS Computer Class aces MOS Exam

Commissioners hold Dec. 21 meeting

The Board of Adams County Commissioners met in regular session on Dec. 21, 2015, with the following members present: Brian Baldridge, Paul Worley, and Stephen Caraway. Clerk Becky Brodt was also present. The meeting was opened with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Commissioner Brian Baldridge.

The minutes of the previous regular session were approved and spread upon the pages of the Commissioners’ Journal. Roll Call Vote: all yea

Commissioners examined, approved and ordered the bills paid.

The Board conducted a Directors’ meeting at 9:30 a.m. To review the current projects and status of each department under the jurisdiction of the Adams County Board of Commissioners. Those in attendance were as follows: EMS Director Etta Sparks, Special Projects Director Donnie Swayne, Facilities Director Sally Hayslip, ECD Director Holly Johnson, JFS Director Sue Fulton, GIS Director Angelena Newman and H.R. Director Diane Ward.

It was moved by Brian Baldridge and seconded by Paul Worley to approve the Intergovernmental Agreement for Adams, Brown, Pike and Scioto County effective as of the 1st day of July 2016 by and between the County Commissioners in Adams, Brown, Pike and Scioto Counties of the State of Ohio, referred to as SO Consortium. Roll Call Vote: all yea

It was moved by Paul Worley and seconded by Stephen Caraway to amend resolution 2015-469 the partial vacation of A. J. Nixon Road that runs south approximately 860.62 feet and terminates at a one acre tract owned by Mike and Sharon Anderson. The Monroe Township Trustees signed a letter of approval. Roll Call Vote: all yea

JFS Director Sue Fulton met with the Board to discuss a service contract to be approved. Ms. Fulton also discussed the maintenance agreement MOU.

It was moved by Paul Worley and seconded by Brian Baldridge to approve the Addendum of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), between the Board of Adams County Commissioners through Adams County Department of Job and Family Services, and Adams Brown Community Action Partnership (ABCAP) for staff coverage at OhioMeansJobs Adams County Ohio Stop Center, upon the recommendation of JFS Director Sue Fulton. Roll Call Vote: all yea

It was moved by Stephen Caraway and seconded by Brian Baldridge to approve the blanket travel for Adams County Department of Job and Family Services for the Director and for all employees as approved by the Director, to travel to and within the following counties in order to perform the normal course of their duties. Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Fayette, Franklin, Gallia, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Union, Vinton, Warren, Washington Counties in Ohio and Mason County in Kentucky. Authorization period is Jan. 1, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2016 as needed. Roll Call Vote: all yea

EMS Director Etta Sparks met with the Board to discuss Adams County EMS policies and procedures.

Mr. Larry Bennett met with the Board to discuss Katzman Logan Halper and Bennett Consultation Agreement.

It was moved by Stephen Caraway and seconded by Paul Worley to approve the $50 cell phone stipend for January through December 2016 for employee Rick Setty. Roll Call Vote: all yea

It was moved by Brian Baldridge and seconded by Stephen Caraway to establish the following new funds in preparation for 2016, no appropriations will be made in 2015 but funds need to be established for January 1, 2016 appropriations, upon the recommendation of ECD Director Holly Johnson. Roll Call Vote: all yea

HR Director Diane Ward met with the Board to review the 2016 county general fund budget.

It was moved by Paul Worley and seconded by Brian Baldridge to approve the bid proposal from Prestress Services Industries LLC for Nichols Ridge bridge beams, in the amount of $94,500. Engineer David Hook determined the selection Prestress Services LLC bid proposal due to the expedited delivery date agreed upon. Roll Call Vote: all yea

It was moved by Stephen Caraway and seconded by Brian Baldridge to approve the Agreement for Services between Adams County Commissioners and Randalyn C. Worley to provide legal representation for all indigent persons who have child support contempt charges brought against them, at the request of Court Administrator Angie Richmond. Vote: Baldridge, yea Worley, abstain Caraway, yea

It was moved by Paul Worley and seconded by Brian Baldridge to approve the Agreement for Services between Adams County Commissioners and Sarah Shelton to provide legal representation for all indigent persons who have child support contempt charges brought against them, at the request of Court Administrator Angie Richmond. Roll Call Vote: all yea

It was moved by Stephen Caraway and seconded by Brian Baldridge to adjourn.

For more information on County Government, visit adamscountyoh.com or call the Board of Commissioners at 937-544-3286.

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