Geneva E Vogler Susan L Kremin 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

Winchester Happenings

Well, winter has arrived and I must share that I am not too happy about it. I’m just a little envious of some of our snowbird friends in Florida.

Josh and Erin Edminsten are at the hospital awaiting birth of their triplets. We all pray that everything goes well with the delivery for mom and babies.

Our community is saddened by so many deaths due to heroin overdose. It is an overwhelming issue because it impacts so many families and friends on all socio-economic levels. If you are aware of dealers, you can make an anonymous notification to local law enforcement.

Dayla Porter still needs our prayers as she has been a patient at University of Cincinnati. We have lots of folks who are experiencing illness so remember your neighbors and check on them during this cold weather.

Dorothy Walls was a patient at Adams County Regional Medical Center and was recently moved to Ohio Valley Manor. I had the pleasure of visiting with her and she is just as pleasant and thankful as she was many years ago. She has been a blessing to so many lives and I am sure she would appreciate visitors.

Winchester’s Past (Florence Bryson): I have an envelope that has The Miller House, Winchester, Ohio, on it. I never knew where it was until I was doing research on Johnson Miller. His uncle, Robert A. Miller was born in Brown County in 1832. He married Martha Blair and they had 6 children. In 1880 he came to Winchester and bought the former Bunn Hotel and livery stable. In October of 1886 the Hotel burned down. He rented another building until 1891 when he bought the building that stood on the parking lot next to the Southern Hills Therapy office. He remodeled and enlarged it so it could accommodate 40 guests. The Miller House was the finest hotel in the area. Robert died in1898 and his wife in 1911. At some time the building was made into apartments and their daughter Elizabeth “Lizzie” lived in one of them. She and a brother Wylie ran the Corner Grocery where the Hair Company is now located. Robert, Martha, Lizzie and Wylie are all buried in the Winchester Cemetery.

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By Joyce Porter and Florence Bryson

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