Flora Hilderbran Commissioners to meet with DP&L officials New state graduation requirements called a ‘train wreck’ Catching up with Keller Senior Profile: Justin Knechtly Piketon size is too much for Lady Indians, Peebles falls in sectional finals Greyhounds grab Senior Night win Indians finish regular season riding six-game winning streak Harper, Hupp, Defense lead Lady Devils to fourth consecutive sectional championship West Union Elementary recognizes Students of the Month for January Second Healthy Hero awarded by Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition Coal company files to intervene in power plant closings Senior Profile: Jessica Sowards Senior Profile: Dennis Welch Dorothy E Walls Mabel Chamblin Michael R Jones Marie I Simmons Ray Johnson One thing to remember this President’s Day Adams County Deer Harvest down over 21% MLSD amends five-year budget, prepares for future with power plant closings Lady Dragons triumph in sectional opener Lady Hounds eighth graders capture SHAC Tournament title Gary L Fetters Sr Boys Sectional brackets released ‘We’re only as good as the way we treat others’ Another round of smiles Adams County Board of DD members recognized Terry L Unger 8th Grade Lady Devils ousted in tourney semis WU’s McCarty signs with Ohio Christian Joyce A Huddleson Carolyn Spires BREAKING NEWS: Peebles police search for man accused of selling marijuana-laced sweets Decision Time BBN Senior Profile: Summer Grundy Lady Devils fall to Southeastern, 56-48 Devils outlast Manchester 47-44 in double overtime Peebles holds second Hall of Fame Ceremony Senior Profile: Patrick England Sowards hits 1,000, ties PHS three-point mark County agencies prepare for sweeping budget cuts Manchester Council votes to cut police chief’s hours Wrestling debuts in Adams County Peebles Library hosts book signing As plants power down, community must step up Raymond P Dryden Alva Palmer Billie L Shoemaker Judith Long Brent A Arn Girls basketball sectional pairings announced WU’s Weeks will continue gridiron career at next level West Union JH Boys drop pair at Ripley Eighth Grade Lady Hounds roll into SHAC semi-finals Janet A Kennedy DP&L moving ahead with plans to close power plants Outreach Center in Peebles is a hub of giving River Sweep contest winners announced Gordley hits 1,000 mark, but Indians drop crucial SHAC contest to Lynchburg Manchester lifters compete at Piketon Senior Profile: Madelyn Sanders Charles L Hurd Randy Casto Bobby Strunk Dorothy J Scott Chester A Lanter Coach David Smalley picks up 500th career win at Rio Grande Dustin Holbrook Senior Profile: Camron Gordley As usual, optimism abounds on 2017 Reds Caravan Breeze, Beasley newest members of NAHS Athletic HOF Two humble men Adams County Manor Home Health Care makes road to recovery easier Don and Venita Bowles named as Outstanding Fair Supporters ‘Tip off For Tammy’ is a huge success, joint effort by two schools Husted campaign makes stop in Peebles Benefit held for double-lung transplant recipient I loved that muddy water, building in the creek Margaret E Broughton Larry A Hanson DP&L press release confirms closing of power plants Eighth grade girls showdown lives up to hype, North Adams wins in overtime, 45-43 Senior Profile: Raeanna Stamm North Adams Football sign-ups coming soon North Adams JV girls go 11-4 with win over Peebles Harper wins MaxPreps/JJHuddle Athlete of the Week West Union duo headed to the college gridiron Lady Devils make it 11 straight with win at Peebles Adams County residents attend Trump Inauguration A Look back at our Archives Peebles native comes home to film documentary Ohio Valley Wrestling Cub hosting home match on Jan. 31 Ruth A Branscome Velma Hughes Carol L Lewis Betty L Greiner Devils top New Boston 63-53 in finale of Coach Young Classic Lady Devils rout Eastern Pike in Young Classic

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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