Future looking grim for county’s coal-fired power plants Lady Hounds grab win number two, downing Augusta 51-35 Greyhounds down North Adams in SHAC action, 61-50 PHS inducts pair of girls’ squads into Athletic Hall of Fame Michael G Rogers Local business donates shotguns to WUPD Senior Profile: Shannon Runyan Reds employees recognize Dr. King’s ‘Spirit of Service’ Saving Adams County’s power plants North Adams High School announces annual Science Fair Winners Board of Developmentally Disabled holds Jan. 11 swearing-in ceremony Peebles Elementary honors December Students of the Month Adams County villages receive Bike Racks and Fix-it Stations College Credit Plus Program available to high school students Wenstrup selected as Chairman of Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health 2017 Manchester Homecoming is ‘Super’ Lions put damper on Manchester Homecoming West Union athletes honored by OSSCA Senior Profile: Story Kremin Bickett, Runyan lead Lady Dragons to victory in Manchester Indians improve to 8-3 with Saturday night rout of Portsmouth West Farm Bureau scholarships available to HS seniors 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

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.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Caravan1.jpgReds 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.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Caravan2.jpgFormer Reds outfielder/first baseman Dmitri Young signs autographs for fans at the Reds Caravan last Thursday morning in Maysville. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender
New-look team is main discussion

By Mark Carpenter

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