Robert D Hill Lady Devils blank West Union 7-0 in SHAC soccer finale Vikings invade and conquer the Greyhounds Outpouring of community support for local business woman with cancer Manchester mourns teen killed in single-car crash Kylie S Lucas Sharon R Grooms Steven L Wootten Forest J McDaniel Ralph O Grooms Adams County teenager dies in auto accident Charles N Vance Wesley M Baldwin James Kennedy Tom A Mihalovich Brand hat trick leads North Adams past West Union 5-2 in SHAC soccer action Senior Profile: Bryant Lung Lady Hounds pull off thrilling Senior Night win Volleyball milestones continue to pile up at North Adams Banner season for Lady Indians soccer SHAC holds Junior High Volleyball Tournament Tournament match ups set for volleyball and soccer Senior Profile: Morgan Edmisten Hounds dominate, improve to 3-4 Is this not the best time of the year? Volley For The Cure is another big success Getting everything we ask for Oh, that dreaded leaf project Manchester: Adams County’s oldest community looks to the future with hope Congressman visits Manchester’s newest business Six candidates vie for MLSD School Board Highway 41 road work stalls MFD holds annual Safety Day for kids, families Lenora Mckee Virgie Cole Helen J Damron Karen S Lockhart Donna M Pelfrey Russell D Pollitt, Sr Karen S Lockhart Harris named Director of Shelter for the Homeless Local candidates abundant on November ballot Senior Profile: McKinlee Grooms Lady Dragons finish third in district golf tourney Lady Devils challenged, but survive to extend SHAC streak to 60 Rally falls short, Lady Hounds fall in five sets to Fairfield Senior Profile: Jessica Newman Lady Indians get shutout win over West Union, 2-0 Erwins host annual Herb Fair Bentonville: A community at the crossroads of Adams County history Tranquility, Wilson Homestead host annual Heritage Days Why we get back up Your local newspaper, the real deal Welcome to the morning klatch Oleda F Saunders Frank A Golden Shirley A Tully Hubert Knauff John T Shupert Celebrate the sports pages Gould, Woolard, defense lead Hounds to second win George E Lucas Betty A Johnson Hayes sentenced Sue Day Devils headed back to state golf tourney Earl R Fields Alberta L Steward Gregory Terry Linda Taylor Levies slated for November ballot Manchester residents forming neighborhood watch group West Union teachers receive prestigious award Crum arraigned in Brown County Common Pleas Court Seaman: A small town with a big heart and a family spirit Seaman Fall Festival again draws large crowds NAES participates in weekend food program AES Ohio Generation assumes control of DP&L assets West Union, Peebles take home county XC crowns Lady Devils win a soccer buzzer-beater Senior Profile: Brooklyn Wylie Lady Dragons move to districts Green Devils win sectional golf title West Union hosting fourth annual Alumni Volleyball Game Gray breaks Lady Indians’ single season goals record Senior Profile: Chase Cummings Lady Dragons cruise to SHAC title Hupp ties school record with five goals in Lady Devils’ win over Southeastern For 14th time in 15 years, Dragons claim SHAC Boys Golf Championship Getting life in order See those signals of the season Jury returns verdict in former Manchester police officer’s trial Larry Peters Gary L Hughes Sr Deanna L Parker Stephen R Fetters Bonnie Hawkins Clifton J DeMint Steven L Kimberlin When you just know

Rural Living takes over Facebook

Three thousand and counting! That’s the number of people who tapped “Follow” on the new Facebook page, Adams County Rural Living, in its first week online. The page, created by Robin Bayless and Larry Heller, has taken the local Facebook community by storm.

In less than three weeks, the site, has gained more than five thousand followers.

“Larry and I have always enjoyed putting our landscape and nature photos on Facebook,” said Bayless, “I thought it would be neat to create a page where we and other people could post our pictures.”

The page may have began as an album for photography buffs who shared Bayless and Heller’s love of nature and picture- taking, but it has developed into something much more far-reaching.

Friends to the page have uploaded both a gallery of landscapes, and a virtual library of historical photographs dating back to the late 19th century.

“It’s kind of like a history lesson, you can learn quite a bit about the county from the older photographs,” said Heller.

There are portraits and casual shots of family members, photos of towns and homesteads, pictures of events such as the great flood of 1937 and the blizzard of 1950, to name only a few. The site has become a treasure trove of memories, as well as a testament to the aesthetics of Adams County.

Bayless believes the page has brought the community together, “Everyone’s talking about it, people really like the old photos and seeing their family members. The page is bringing history alive and tying the community together by creating connections between people and allowing them to rediscover their roots. They’re finding relatives they didn’t know they had.”

The page’s following isn’t only limited to Adams County.

“We have people from Arizona, Florida, and New York who grew up here and left, the page is giving them an opportunity to reconnect,” said Heller, “Some of them even want to come back.”

Every weekend Heller and Bayless travel the roadways of Adams County, stopping to take photographs of compelling landscapes and scenes. Heller uses his cell phone camera, and Bayless, a Samsung Galaxy Smart Camera.”We just drive around and look at the scenery, and if something catches our eye, we pull over and take a picture.”

They divide their time between different sections of the county. Heller explains, “One week we go to the southeast and shoot photos in Shawnee Forest, Blue Creek, and Lynx, another week we’ll drive north around the Peebles and Seaman area, and so on. People see the photos, and want to know where they were taken, then they go out and try to find the landscapes.”

Bayless admits she has a weakness for rustic homesteads and barns, but doesn’t limit herself to that subject matter. “I like shooting little streams, waterfalls and sunsets, I just love to photograph the beauty of nature.”

The couple is selective about the photos they post. “We take hundreds of pictures,” says Heller, “but we will only pick three or four to put on the page.”

As the year progresses they plan to do seasonal shots of the same landscapes. “Spring is going to be great,” they agree, “We’ll be shooting a lot of photos of flowers.”

They’re also very excited about getting more kids and teachers involved with the page. “Young people are always posting photographs, they’re really excited about it.”

There’s even talk of putting a book together, “We’re looking at that, but right now, it’s just a day to day thing. We’re really enjoying it, and we’ll see where it goes from here.”

Robin Bayless and Larry Heller created the new Adams County Rural Living Facebook page.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_BaylessHeller.jpgRobin Bayless and Larry Heller created the new Adams County Rural Living Facebook page. Courtesy photo

Beautiful winter scenery photos, such as this one submitted by Dovie Michelle Puckett Roades, have adorned the Facebook page of Adams County Ohio Rural Living in recent weeks.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Scenery.jpgBeautiful winter scenery photos, such as this one submitted by Dovie Michelle Puckett Roades, have adorned the Facebook page of Adams County Ohio Rural Living in recent weeks. Photo courtesy of Adams County Ohio Rural Living
New page has 5,000 followers, and counting

By Patricia Beech

pbeech@civitasmedia.com

Reach Patricia Beech at 937-544-2391 or at pbeech@civitasmedia.com

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