Peebles Elementary hosts PBIS showcase NAES student starting Christmas Card project Try and tell them that nobody cares Senior Profile: Ethan Thompson 15-point lead vanishes, Hounds fall in season opener Deer Gun Season results down all across Ohio Hometown Christmas in Peebles rings in the holiday season Manchester Elementary receives 2016 Momentum Award Drug bust in West Union Stephen C Foster Donna Rivers WUES students perform as part of Honor Choir Ohio Brush Creek Canoe/Kayak access completed Hall of Fame Christmas in Portsmouth Thyme to trim the Christmas Tree Junior High Lady Hounds get season-opening sweep Lady Devils roll past Paint Valley in season opener Senior Profile: Jessica Johnson Michael E Roberts Sr Evelyn L Jones Thomas M Calvert Ryan, Sowards lead Lady Indians to easy win in season opener, 57-36 over Felicity Senior Profile: Wes Hayslip Justice off to hot start at VSU County boys’ squads on display in annual SHAC Preview Night ‘Operation Christmas Child’ collects 1,707 shoe boxes for needy children Two animal cruelty cases investigated in Adams County DP&L considers closing power-generating plants in county Holiday spirit makes an early appearance in Adams County Chester A Mann Jeffrey A Daley Sr Michael G Tincher DAR sponsors Good Citizen Award Ohio’s young hunters harvest nearly 6,000 deer during Youth Gun Season Senior Profile: Kayle Thomas Helen N Hiestand Rev Walter R Egnor Sr Betty Beam Jamie L Corrill Jeffrey L Heppard Edsel L Massey Jr It is time to stop and take time to give thanks on a special day Another year to be very thankful for Senior Profile: Savannah McCoy McCoy signs to continue golf career at SSU North Adams hosts SHAC Girls Preview DAR commemorates 50th anniversary of Vietnam War Historical Society honors veterans Star Wars routine leads Fancy Free Cloggers to ‘America’s Got Talent’ A Day at the Opera Eagle Creek draws community to Thanksgiving celebration Ward ekes out victory over Worley in county commissioner race Mary A Garman Ronald L Palmer Joseph S McClanahan II Emma O Hayslip Devils slip by Georgetown in Foundation Game Hupp, Hunter, Wolke named OSSCA Second Team All-State Senior Profile: Kain Turner Lady Devils romp in Foundation Game Oh, those aromas coming from Mom’s kitchen What Became My Biggest Project Deer gun season set to begin ‘Trees to Textbooks’ shares revenues with local schools and communities BREAKING NEWS Winchester’s Baxter wins Miss Ohio USA 2017 pageant Genny Elkins Pauline S Stevenson Donald E Lewis Sr Charlotte R Seaman Ruth Prater Bennie Skaggs Gertrude Swayne West Union High School hosts impressive Veterans Day ceremonies Peebles Elementary hosts ceremony to honor local veterans Duke Energy exits Killen and Stuart Plants GE Aviation hosts annual Veterans Day celebration Senior Profile: Logan Gordley Jeffrey A Brown Sr Peebles Library welcomes local author and survivor on Nov. 19 Homer C Eldridge Robert W Schomberg One Commissioner race too close to call in unofficial count Voters approve majority of county levies on Tuesday’s election ballot NAES Sixth Graders practice the democratic process Honoring one who gave the ‘last full measure of devotion’ Overcoming adversity, veteran of Iraq War opens local business Senior Profile: Ben Figgins Senior Profile: Macy Mullenix SHAC Basketball Previews are set for Nov. 18 and 25 Trio of local golfers finish careers with trip to the highest level of high school competition Peebles sophomore Jenny Seas finishes sixth in OHSAA state cross-country meet Upset win sends Trump to the White House ACRMC awarded plaque for 50 years of service Peebles Elementary releases Honor Roll for First Nine Week Grading Period BREAKING ELECTION NEWS! Senior Profile: Jordyn Kell Orlie H Kirker Military homecoming at NAES
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Winchester Happenings

Hope everyone had a Happy Valentine’s Day and hope at least some of you enjoyed the snow. Thanks to Mike Swackhammer who was out and about clearing the roads. If you dislike the snow, it is only 33 days until spring. Yeah.

Steve Darby continues to need our healing prayers. Juree Burns had surgery last week and I understand she did great. Mike Harper also had surgery last week and is doing well but they both need our prayers.

A former resident, Ralph Beighle of Amelia, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 9 at the age of 96. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy (Moore) Beighle and one son Rex. He is survived by five children including Ted and Sheila Beighle of Vandalia and many grandchildren. Services were held Friday. Sympathy is extended to the family.

There was a memoriam for Dr. Ronald Seaman of San Antonio, Texas, in Sunday’s Defender. Ronald was the son of the late Tom and Pauline Seaman of Winchester. He graduated from Winchester High School in 1965 and from UC in 1970. He went on to earn his PhD from Duke in Biomedical Engineering. He also had an MBA from Louisiana Tech where he was a Professor for several years. He was known as a brilliant research scientist and is credited with influencing 5,000 young and future engineers in the area of central Texas. He leaves his wife Nancy of San Antonio, two sons and a daughter. He was preceded in death by his brother Joe of Winchester and Gary of West Union. The family has our sympathy.

Bill Penrod, 90, of Winchester, passed away Monday, Feb. 8 at the Adams County Regional Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his wife Frances. He is survived by two children, Connie Sayyah of Batavia and William Charles Penrod, Jr. of Lewisburg, Tenn., grandchildren and great grandchildren.

W3CU Compassion Ministries will be hosting the monthly food and clothing program on Thursday, Feb. 18 from 2:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the building adjacent to the church. If anyone is interested in attending the nutrition class prior to the food pantry, it is provided by OSU SNAP-Ed, Marsha McCormick. Marsha educates us on healthy eating. The class is held in the main church at 1:30 p.m.

Winchester’s Past (Florence Bryson): The next child of John and Mary Darlinton was a daughter Nancy Jane born in 1829. She married John H. Allison in 1852, died in 1869 and is buried at Cherry Fork. They had five children. Mary Adaline (Addie) was born in 1852 and married Carey Alexander of Eckmansville in 1877. They had seven children and her husband formed Alexander’s Band and several of the children, including the girls played in the band. They later joined the Liberty Band. Next child was James Allison born in 1855. He married Nettie Pittenger and they went to Kansas and then Tulsa, Oklshoms. Next was John Franklin born in 1857 who married Anna Pflummer. He farmed and moved to Seaman when he retired. Howard “Irve” born in 1859 never married and farmed in Kansas before moving to Tulsa where a cousin Ellsworth Darlinton was living. Etta Margaret born 1863, married Frank Williams and they moved to Kansas. Only two of them stayed in Ohio. continued

Information is due by Sunday evening and can be sent by calling 937-695-9977 (leave a message) or by email @ japorter45697@gmail.com.

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By Joyce Porter and Florence Bryson

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