Peebles celebrates Hometown Christmas Health Department to begin random inspections of septic systems across Adam County Adams County Pound hosts Holiday Open House, Adoption Event Be-Deviled Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain G Leroy Disher William L Ivarson Jr Senior Profile: Braydan Gaffin Senior Profile: Ethan Pennywitt Senior Center spreading Christmas cheer Stout named Administrator of Monarch Meadows Richard Francis Frank B Young William Scaff Gregory A Silvia Jr Davis now the winningest coach in Lady Devils basketball history Clutch plays give Green Devils OT win Eighth grade Greyhounds go on the road, grab 55-41 conference win at Whiteoak Lady Indians can’t hang on, fall to Eastern Brown Indians open up with big Homecoming win Greyhounds drilled by Fairfield in season opener How to sell 94 losses NAES leads local schools represented at PBIS Showcase PHS Beta Club recognized as National School of Distinction MES wins Momentum Award for second year running Fire destroys Winchester business Martha Becraft Cynthia A Sopher Clarys Holliday Basketball Special: 2017-18 Justice girls lead Peebles to win over Felicity Senior Profile: Adison Wright Lady Dragons slain by buzzer-beater Freshmen double-doubles lead Lady Hounds to win in opener County mourns passing of OVSD Board member Tom Reed Peebles man arrested in connection with woman’s disappearance Leaving a written legacy Not really ready to go back to pioneer days Peebles Jr./Sr. High School awarded PBIS Bronze Award North Adams High School named National Beta School of Distinction Operation Christmas Child collects 1,867 boxes Samantha Jameson honored as Young Professional of the Year Youth Deer Season again plagued by bad weather Humane Society hosting Ugly Christmas Sweater contest Dec. 9 Local centenarian celebrates birthday number 100 with family and friends Jerry R Pratt Edward Lykins Jr NAES students focus on spreading kindness Leland P Sautter Kelly B Anderson Dorothy Grooms Sharon D Brumley Anna J Grooms Local student/athletes awarded Wendy’s Heisman Awards Lady Devils JV triumph in opener Senior Profile: Colten Ball Peebles hosts SHAC Boys Preview Lady Devils fall in tough opener Janet A Pedicord Nettie R Fleshman Senior Profile: Sianna Mills North Adams boys ride the ‘3’ train to victory Lady Devils trounce Georgetown Senior Profile: Austin Stamper North Adams’ Williams named OIAAA Administrator of the Year County hoops squads on display in SHAC Girls Preview Going off the grid Michael L Chamblin A newer, kinder county pound takes a more humane approach TAG students are winners at Invention Convention Adams County Florist decks the halls Thomas J Reed Shirley A Stiffler Sharon G Wright Lottie J Meade June R Williams Lions and Cowboys and no Bengals, thankfully Senior Profile: Tyler Horsley North Adams sweeps Manchester Cheer Championships Indians face tough test in first pre-season scrimmage Senior Profile: Abby Faulkner Seas reflects on second state tournament experience NA’s Harper signs to continue hoops career at Rio Grande Hendrickson named Assistant Coach of the Year in Division III girls soccer Take the hint, it’s Thanksgiving time again Small Business Saturday in Adams County Art Council’s newest production will have you ‘laughing through your tears’ North Adams students working to help the homeless Grateful Richard A Graham #SawyerStrong Billy L Smalley With some help from Adams County, Ohio Statehouse now has wheelchair charging station Wenstrup announces re-election campaign Delta Dental provides two local schools with new drinking fountains Ernie McFarland honored by Ohio Bankers League Veterans Day parade, ceremony held in West Union Adams County schools celebrate Veterans Day Being the change November: As Mr. Seas it

Adams County Library News

During March, the Adams County Public Library is hosting several special events. On Thursday, March 24 at 5:30 p.m., the Peebles Library Book Club invites you to join them for a short video chat with Sam Quinones, author of “Dreamland.” Sam Quinones is an author and journalist based in Los Angeles who wrote “Dreamland: The True Tale of Americas’s Opiate Epidemic” after extensive research in Portsmouth. Seating at the library is limited, so please call 937-587-2085 to help us plan ahead.

The Friends of the North Adams Library are hosting their annual All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Supper at the McDonald’s in Seaman on Tuesday, March 22 from 5-7 p.m. For a $5 ticket, you’ll receive all the pancakes you can eat, a side of bacon or sausage, and a small coffee or soft drink. Tickets are available in advance from Friends members and from the First State Bank in Winchester and Seaman. Funds raised benefit the Friends of the North Adams Library, who help support programs and events at the library. Redeemed tickets will be entered into a drawing for Kroger and McDonald’s gift cards. Join the Friends for this fun community event, and thank you for your support of the library.

On Saturday, March 19, the Adams County Genealogical Society will present a one-day workshop at the Manchester Library from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Come hear from Becky and Ethel of the Genealogical Society about how to begin your own family history research project, avoid common mistakes, and access local resources. AmeriCorps technology trainer Melissa will discuss resources available through the Adams County Public Library, and provide hands-on help starting your own genealogy project in the afternoon. Bring a laptop, or use one of ours. Space is limited, so please register by calling 937-549-3359.

Sherri Carter describes the wellness and relaxation benefits of natural essential oils at the Peebles Library on Thursday, March 24 at 5:30 p.m. Come learn how you can use natural essential oils to adjust mood, promote relaxation, and improve wellness, and enter to win a door prize. For more information, call 937-587-2085.

Does Bigfoot roam Adams County? Join Mike and Mike of the Ohio Night Stalkers at the Manchester Library on Saturday, March 26 at 2 p.m. for “Bigfoot in Ohio?” They’ll share stories of tracking Bigfoot near Lynx, with sound recordings, footprint casts and more. Watch the 1967 Patterson Gimlin Bigfoot film. Have you encountered Bigfoot? Share your experiences with us! For more information, call 937-549-3359.

A new book club is forming at the West Union Public Library. On Thursday, March 31 at 6 p.m., come to the first meeting to help us choose future dates and times and select our 2016 reading list. We’ll discuss “The Paris Architect” by Charles Belfoure, a thrilling WWII novel set in Paris. Have questions, or are you interested in a book club that meets online? Call Amy at 937-544-2591 to share your thoughts.

The North Adams Library book club meets the last Thursday of each month. On Thursday, March 31 at 5:30 p.m., they will read “Ethan Frome” by Edith Wharton. Join moderator Julia each month for a relaxed discussion, quizzes, prizes, and food. Read along with our 2016 list, even if you can’t attend every meeting. For more information about all the libraries’ book clubs, visit adamscolibrary.org/book-club.

The Adams County Public Library is open from 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Follow us on Facebook to keep up with the latest events.

Members of the Loose Thread Quilters created a beautiful display at the Peebles Library. Their five-year anniversary Quilt Show is April 16.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Quilters-Display.jpgMembers of the Loose Thread Quilters created a beautiful display at the Peebles Library. Their five-year anniversary Quilt Show is April 16. Submitted photo

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