Helen Kerr 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

Winchester Happenings

Join the Walk MS Adams County Committee for an evening of bunco next Monday, March 14 at the Legion Hall in Seaman. The entry fee of $20 includes snacks, supplies and an evening of fun for a good cause. Registration is between 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. and play begins at 6:30 p.m. There will be door prizes, food, and a silent auction.

Nancy Darby and her family would like to let folks know how grateful they are for the prayers that are being said for Steve and the cards that have been sent. He is out of ICU and is improving a little bit each day. They hope he will be able to go to rehab either this week or next. Thank you all so much.

The Winchester United Methodist Church welcomes everyone to a free community election day lunch on March 15 from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. We will be having several different kinds of soups, sandwiches, and lots of desserts. Please come amd join in the fellowship.

Our community welcomes two new baby boys born March 3 and 4. Kalee Stout and her fiancé Josh Schweickart welcomed Jaxson Zayne Schweickart born at Anderson Mercy on March 3. He weighed 7 lbs 3 oz. and was 21 1/2 inches long. Chris and Kristy DeAtley Watters fourth son, Kase Raylon was born on Kristy’s birthday, March 4, at Highland District Hospital. He weighted 9 lbs 1 oz. and was also 21 1/2 inches long. His brother Cole and twin brothers, Atlee and Brody can’t wait for him to come home. Congratulations to both sets of parents, and of course grandparents. Moms and babies are doing fine.

Daylight Savings Time begins next weekend, a sure sign that spring is truly on its way.

Sympathy and prayers are extended to the family of Marjorie Holbrook, age 91 of Peebles, formerly Winchester, who passed away March 3 at Clermont Mercy Hospital. She is survived by four daughters, Connie and Donald Keller, Joyce and Neal Gresley, Sue Sheeley, Bonita and Amos McCleese, 12 grandchildren, and several great and great great grandchildren. Funeral services were this week and memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

I have a correction from last week. We thanked Patsy for the Easter decorations in our downtown flower pots but I was told it was actually her grandson Zayne who did all the decorating. Thanks Zayne, they are very pretty.

Winchester’s Past (Florence Bryson): Continuing with the children of Newton Darlinton, Martha born in 1875 was the next child. She married Thomas “Jeff” Jacobs and they lived in Winchester and raised their 10 children. Jeff died in 1933 and Martha was 90 years old when she died in 1965. They are both buried in the local cemetery. Their first child was Edward born in 1892 when Martha was 17. He graduated from Winchester H. S. in 1909 . He went to Dayton and married Nell McColly in 1910. They later moved to Cincinnati, where he died in 1952 and they are both buried there. Next was Charles who was born in 1895 and graduated in 1914. He was working in Dayton in 1917 when he enlisted in the 1st World War. He served in France and was discharged in 1919. He married Mary Mechlin in Norwood in 1927. She was from Winchester and in his graduating class. She died in 1933 and Charlie died in 1960 and they are buried here. continued

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By Joyce Porter and Florence Bryson

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