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

Optimism abounds on Reds Caravan

No matter which side of the fence you sit on concerning the 2016 version of the Cincinnati Reds, thoughts of warm weather, spring time, and a day at the ball park came to mind last Thursday, Jan. 29 as the annual Cincinnati Reds Caravan made its annual media stop in Maysville.

The Conference Center in downtown Maysville hosted this year’s East Tour Caravan stop which included broadcasters Marty Brennaman and Chris Welsh, catcher Tucker Barnhart, minor league pitcher Amir Garrett, former outfielder. first baseman Dmitri Young, Assistant General Manager Nick Krall, and the mascot Gapper.

Obviously, the main topic of conversation in the hour-long stay in Maysville was the off-season moves of the Reds and what fans can expect from the 2016 team. Brennaman is not one who minces words and he spoke to WFTM Radio about the direction the team is taking.

“I think the club has been very honest about it,” said the Hall of Fame broadcaster. “This is a rebuilding situation. When you lose 98 games, there is no other way to look at it and there will be new faces on this team. You never like to see a team in this rebuilding mode, that’s a dirty word in most cases. This team lost 98 games last year but on the plus side, it’s an opportunity for some young players to come out of nowhere based on their performance in spring training.

“I’m in favor of trading them all. I don’t think that when you lose 98 games you can fall in love with anybody. I know this organization was looking down the road with all the moves they made. I don’t disagree with anything this team has done because I think in three years maximum, maybe as early as 2017, there will be people who will look back and understand the reasons why the team did what they did.”

Trading away some of their established players like Todd Frazier and Aroldis Chapman gave the Reds an opportunity to build up a farm system that had been lacking in talent in recent years and Brennaman sees that as a promising sign.

“They’ve moved up to having the number eight farm system in the major leagues,” said Brennaman. “I think by the time the season is over it will even be better than that. Pitching wise by 2017 or 2018, this team could realistically have 10-11 guys in the rotation or the bullpen that are going to be throwing 95 miles an hour or better.”

Krall, in his first season as Assistant Manager, also is optimistic about the upcoming seasons.

“Obvious to everyone, we’re in a rebuilding process with the players we’ve gotten back in trades to develop our minor league system,” said the Assistant GM. “Our future is very bright. We have some great young pitching at all levels and it’s going to take some time to get some of these young kids up to speed, but fans are going to see some exciting young players.”

The annual Reds Caravan, split into four groups, travels over 3,300 miles in four days, with this year’s tour holding the finale on Jan. 31 at Florence Mall. The Reds’ spring training schedule begins on March 1 with a game against the Cleveland Indians and 2016 Opening Day is set for Monday, April 4 when the Reds host the Philadelphia Phillies.

Reds Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman introduces the members of the East Tour of the Reds Caravan to the gathered media and guests in Maysville last Thursday morning. Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman introduces the members of the East Tour of the Reds Caravan to the gathered media and guests in Maysville last Thursday morning. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

Former Reds outfielder/first baseman Dmitri Young signs autographs for fans at the Reds Caravan last Thursday morning in Maysville. Reds outfielder/first baseman Dmitri Young signs autographs for fans at the Reds Caravan last Thursday morning in Maysville. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender
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