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

Bengals helping WU Football

Good news came this week to the football program in West Union and in came from pretty high up, the National Football League. In an announcement from the Public Relations department of the Cincinnati Bengals and the NFL Foundation, it was revealed that the West Union Football Organization had received a $10,000 grant to help provide permanent lighting at Freedom Field, home of the Dragons and the football teams from North Adams also. The WU Football Organization was one of eight groups chosen to receive grants.

Following is the entire press release from the Bengals:

“As a part of their commitment to Greater Cincinnati, the Bengals and NFL Foundation have teamed up to recognize organizations that stand out for their commitment to our community. The Bengals distributed $80,000 to eight area charities in recognition of their work in Greater Cincinnati.

Three groups (American Heart Association, Cincinnati YMCA and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cincinnati) were recognized with grants from the NFL Play 60 program, which encourages youth to be active for 60 minutes each day in order to combat childhood obesity.

Two groups (Salvation Army and Armed Forces Ticket Association – AFTA) were recognized for their volunteer work in the community. AFTA is a long-time partner of the Bengals, through which the Club has donated more than $200,000 worth of tickets to Bengals games over the past two years.

Two youth football organizations, West Union Football Organization and Madeira Schools Foundation, were recognized for their commitment to developing the sport at the grassroots level.

Finally, the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation was awarded $5000 to assist women in need of access to free mammograms.

“Greater Cincinnati is blessed with many charities that help make our community better,” said Katie Blackburn, Bengals Executive Vice President. “Large or small, each one touches people in need. We are proud to be associated with these organizations and appreciate the work they do each and every day”.

Following is a review of the individual grants:

National Partnership Fund – Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation (TriHealth)-$5,000

This grant will allow the Good Samaritan Free Health Center to provide 36 free mammograms to women in our area.

Youth Football Grant- West Union Football Organization (Adams County)-$10,000

Funding will help provide permanent lighting on Freedom Field in Adams County, Ohio. Freedom Field serves as the home field for nearly 200 football athletes ranging from eight to 18 years of age.

NFL Play 60 Grant- Cincinnati YMCA-$5,000

This grant will allow the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati to provide inner-city children with bus service to Healthy Kids Day on April 23rd, 2016. This regional program, sponsored by the YMCA as part of a nationwide initiative, provides a day of kids’ fitness activities and nutritious snacks.

NFL Play 60 Grant- American Heart Association-$15,000

This grant will provide support for the annual Recess at the Stadium event on June 4th, 2016. Recess at the Stadium is a free annual event at Paul Brown Stadium, with the goal of educating children and families on living a healthy lifestyle, through physical activities and interactive health stations.

NFL Play 60 Grant– Boys & Girls Clubs of Cincinnati-$15,000

These funds will support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati and the FITFORLIFE program. This health and wellness program is designed to promote fitness and healthy lifestyles among at-risk youth ages 5-18 by providing both fitness instruction nutrition education.

Volunteerism Grant– Salvation Army-$5,000

Funding from this grant supports the Salvation Army’s Annual Civic Luncheon each fall. The Annual Civic Luncheon serves a dual purpose of fundraising for the Salvation Army as well as highlighting programs and services provided to community.

Volunteerism Grant– AFTA-$5,000

Funding from this grant will help support AFTA’s Annual Military Bike Giveaway in June of 2016. As part of the annual event, bikes and helmets will be provided to children of active duty military members.

Youth/High School Football Matching Grant – Madeira High School/Madeira Schools Foundation-$20,000 (matching $20,000 provided by the Madeira Schools Foundation)

This grant will support the renovation and purchase of new weight training and cardio equipment for the Madeira High School Fitness Center. The new fitness center will provide the students of Madeira High School with a state of the art facility more than double the size of their previous facility.

Look for a further report on this story with the check presentation in a future issue of The People’s Defender.

The West Union Football Organization will be receiving a $10,000 grant from the Cincinnati Bengals and the NFL Foundation.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_WUfootball.jpgThe West Union Football Organization will be receiving a $10,000 grant from the Cincinnati Bengals and the NFL Foundation. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender
Youth Football Grant will provide lighting

By Mark Carpenter

The People’s Defender

Reach Mark Carpenter at 937-544-2391 or on Twitter @adamscosports.

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