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

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

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