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

Epilepsy Benefit held at PHS

A “David’s Dream” epilepsy fundraiser held on Tuesday, Feb. 2 during the Peebles/Eastern Brown basketball game raised several thousand dollars. The benefit was in honor of David Sowards, the son of Mike and Maria Staggs Sowards, of Peebles. David, now 15, was diagnosed with epilepsy as a toddler, and suffers from debilitating seizures that are symptomatic of the disease. Those attending had the opportunity to bid on silent auction items, buy tickets for a Split the Pot Drawing, purchase a David’s Dream T-shirt or bracelet, or bid in the live auction of two basketballs signed by each team. All proceeds went to the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati and Columbus.

“Just four days after the community raised an amazing amount of money at the Keller Strong night, the Peebles Athletic Boosters asked our community once again to support an extremely important cause,” said Amy Huffman Swango, Vice President of the Peebles Athletic Boosters. “The Peebles Indians fans along with Eastern Brown showed wonderful support and allowed us to raise $4,000 for the Epilepsy Foundation. Our community is blessed with loving and generous people, and we want to thank everyone who helped make this another great night at PHS.”

In an emotionally charged speech, David’s mother, Maria, addressed the crowd explained, “Epilepsy is the third most common neurological disorder, only behind Alzheimer’s disease and stroke. There are more than twice as many people with epilepsy in the U.S. as the number of people with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and cystic fibrosis combined. Research shows that 1 out of 26 Americans will develop epilepsy and 1 out of every 10 will have at least one seizure in their lifetime.”

The following businesses and community members for donated items for the auction: Dr. David and Jodi Parrett, Darlene Wilson, Jessica McDonald, Adams County Regional Medical Center, Sherry Turner Bennington, Roush Insurance Agency- Tammy Hoop Crothers, the Epilepsy Foundation, Kathy Rhoads, the Peebles Fire Dept, Swango Logging, Kate Wright Ryan- Studio 50, J. McCoy Lumber Company, Monica Gannon Huffman, Pam Tong- Nature’s Harvest, and Joyce Compton Ryan.

The auction bidders and buyers were Jack McCoy Lumber Company, Dr. David and Jodi Parrett, Jodi Seaman, David Mills, Edward Jones Investments, Jeff and Lisa Naylor- Youth Sports, Joshua Ryan- Ryan Farms, Sara Mcfarland- McFarland Blacktop Sealing, Stephen “Moose” Brown and Brenda Brown, Jerry and Stacey Camp, Stephanie McCoy- Shear Magic Beauty Salon, Carla Wesley- Meigs Twshp Fiscal Officer, Wayne and Jo Hanson, Jim Fraley, David Arey, Mary Bennington and Dean Brown, Auctioneer. The silent auction raised $400.

Eastern Brown fan Matt Layton won the Split the Pot drawing and donated his winnings back to the cause.

The “David’s Dream” T-shirts were provided by Jodie Hixon-Gabel of Brushcreek Valley Screenprinting and Embroidery, and Larry and Patty Shiveley of the Peebles Flower Shop provided helium for the balloons that decorated the gym.

Dean Brown served as auctioneer.

“I would like to thank everyone who participated in Epilepsy Awareness Night,” said David’s mother, Maria. “Epilepsy is a very serious condition and people do die from seizures. Epilepsy is extremely underfunded. There are still many unanswered questions about epilepsy, and thousands of people and their loved ones suffer from the disorder and/or the side effects of treatments. We need to get the awareness out there. Let’s seize hope and not let another moment get lost to seizures.”

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Thousands raised for Epilepsy Foundation

By Patricia Beech

pbeech@civitasmedia.com

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