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 WUES recognizes November Bus Riders of the Month NAHS Beta Club sponsors canned food drive Peebles Elementary announces November Students of the Month Crisis text line reaches out during the holidays Paul Wesley Ailshire Joan Cockrell

Caraway wins State Meet

Commissioner Stephen Caraway is the winner of the 2016 Ohio Farm Bureau Discussion Meet. The final round of the competition was held during Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals Leadership Conference Jan. 29 in Columbus.

The annual contest tests participants’ subject knowledge, problem solving abilities and personal and small group communications skills.

Caraway won $1,000 from Nationwide Insurance, a Polaris Most Versatile Generator and an expense-paid trip to the 2017 American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Phoenix where he will represent Ohio in the national Discussion Meet contest.

“It was an honor to represent Adams County in this discussion meet. I am humbled that I will now have the opportunity not only to represent Adams County, but our entire next year as we work to address the challenges that agriculture faces today.”

Caraway, an Adams County Farm Bureau member, serves as an Adams County commissioner. He is a member of West Union Lions Club and numerous other civic organizations. He grew up on an 124-acre pumpkin and agritourism operation.

“I recognize that agriculture is one of our biggest industries in Adams County. So many families depend on a productive farm to live. Agriculture is a business. Its a tough business. And I will continue to advocate and stand up for local farmers and those they employee.”

The other finalists were Mike Derringer of Eaton, Andy Korb of Oxford and Joy Sizemore of Monroeville.

The Discussion Meet is hosted by Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals – singles and married couples ages 18 to 35 who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills.

The meet addressed two main topics. The first asked how should Farm Bureau protect and encourage producers’ ability to use new technology, and how can Farm Bureau work with government and the public to ensure public acceptance while encouraging innovation?

“Farmers are starting to adopt and utilize the resources that are currently available to them,” Caraway said, “We must continue to build coalitions of organizations to make sure that government and the public understands the importance of our need for better technology in order to have higher yields and a more efficient operation. We must have higher yields to produce enough food for a the world’s growing demand. In order to continue meeting the demand to feed the world, we must double our current production by 2050.”

The second point of discussion asked whether the Farm Bureau should draft policy to protect livestock producers from false accusations regarding animal welfare.

“Ohio has been a leader on this issue and I’m proud of the work that Farm Bureau completed in 2011 with Governor Strickland and the General Assembly to lead a statewide initiative and create the Ohio Animal Care Standards Board,” said Caraway, “More government regulation isn’t necessarily the answer. It is honoring the laws that we already have on the books. We must continue to find areas that Farm Bureau and animal welfare groups agree on and to have productive discussions with one another. We must respect one another’s position – and I believe we are doing just that in Ohio.”

To learn more about Discussion Meet and the Young Ag Professionals program, visit experienceyap.com.

Stephen Caraway addresses the Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals Leadership Conference on Jan. 29 in Columbus.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Caraway.jpgStephen Caraway addresses the Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals Leadership Conference on Jan. 29 in Columbus. Photo courtesy of Ohio Rural Life

Adams County Commissioner, Stephen Caraway, left, was the winner of the 2016 Ohio Farm Bureau’s Discussion Meet
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Caraway2.jpgAdams County Commissioner, Stephen Caraway, left, was the winner of the 2016 Ohio Farm Bureau’s Discussion Meet Photo courtesy of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
Commissioner will represent Ohio in National Discussion Meet contest

By Patricia Beech

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