Junior Fair BBQ again a big success Beulah B James Senior Profile: Josie Myers Lady Indians place second at Ohio Classic in Hillsboro MVCA dominates Greyhounds in 45-0 triumph For Lady Devils, SHAC streak goes to 55 matches 9/11: Sixteen years later Gertrude Gibson Defender Bowl coming Sept. 16 Joyce A Walker Virginia R Young Senior Profile: Abby Campton West Union hosts 2017 Dragon Run New gridiron history begins for Peebles Trout, fire, and blueberry fields forever Senior Profile: Baylee Justice Lady Devils win SHAC thriller at Eastern Brown From Blue Creek to the Beaneaters Tough loss for Greyhounds in season opener Turning tragedy into hope What we learn from failure Absolutely had to get the wrinkles out Frances S Kidder Leo Trotter 41st Bentonville Festival set to begin Sept. 8 Winchester celebrates its history during three-day street fair Cruisefest returning to streets of Peebles Blue Creek- a community in transition honors its history and heritage Cuteness Galore – Winchester Homecoming Festival Baby Show Ronnie L Day Cast your vote for the Adams County Fairgrounds Nelson E Atkinson Ryan L Colvin Richard Tackett William L Tadlock Penny Pollard Wendell Beasley West Union soccer drops pair at Mason County Lady Indians go down in straight sets Senior Profile: Michael Gill Senior Profile: Katie Sandlin Royals dominate in big win over North Adams Dragons continue County Cup domination Archaeology Day returns to Serpent Mound Hourglass Quilt Square is back up again Manchester family hosts International Guests History, farming, and family- the bedrock of Cherry Fork’s community Bus drivers, emergency responders prepare for coming school year Working up a real good sweat What’s behind the motive? Rondal R Bailey Jr Thelma J Yates She’s all grown up now Scott A Yeager Soccer talent on display at 2017 SHAC preview Baseball community mourns the loss of Gene Bennett Winchester Homecoming Festival is Aug 25-27 Eleanor P Tumbleson Felicity man killed in Ohio River boating accident WUHS golfers take Portsmouth Invitational It was pretty cold that day Volleyball kicks off with SHAC Preview Night Young awarded Women’s Western Golf Foundation Scholarship One Mistake Senator Portman visits GE Test Facility in Peebles Adams County school districts facing some major challenges for the coming year Family, friends, and roots: the ties that bind residents of one Adams County village What is your strength? Just the chance to take a look back Ronnie L Wolford Dale J Marshall Herbert Purvis Great American Solar Eclipse coming Aug. 21 BREAKING NEWS: West Union wins fifth consecutive County Cup Wallace B Boden John L Fletcher Lady Indians golfers learning the links North Adams, West Union golfers open 2017 seasons This Labor Day, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Blanton announces candicacy for Court of Appeals Local student attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders MHS welcomes new principal Made in America When it feels like you’re spinning plates Bonfires and “building” a farm Lady Devils looking to take that next step 50 years of Bengal memories Ag Society delivers donation to Dragonfly Foundation Young Memorial Scholarship awarded to a pair of local seniors ‘Musical passion is in his blood’ Naylor named NAHS Principal Boldman retiring after 17 years as Homeless Shelter director Manchester concludes another River Days celebration Drug Treatment vs. Prison James R Brown Bobby Lawler Jr Adams County man charged with killing estranged girlfriend Lexie N Hopkins Volleyball, soccer previews coming this weekend Michael A Cheek

Some days turn out to be far from normal

By Mark Carpenter – People’s Defender

Most of the time reporting on news and sports in our rural area is a rewarding and gratifying experience. Sometimes it’s not. Last Friday was one of those “nots”. A day that began as normal for most people certainly didn’t stay that way for very long as the horrific news from near the Pike County-Adams County line began to trickle in. Eight members of the same family, killed in cold blood, murdered execution style. It quickly became obvious to many of us that our Friday was going to be far from anything considered normal.

We’ve had our share of tragic news to report and I think back to last December when the county tragically lost two teenagers far too soon or the tragic flooding deaths in Ripley last summer. But no recent event, with its horrible nature and unanswered questions, put a grip of fear on the area like what happened in the early hours of Friday morning. The reports were like nothing we had ever heard, once the accurate news finally began to be released.

It certainly was a challenge all day for the media gathered at Union Hill Road, a lot of waiting, wondering, and guessing. As it is in the news media, there’s always that race to be the”first” to break a story, a race which in this case began the day with reports that turned out to be inaccurate. That means very little, though, as no matter what the news reports, the true facts were that the surviving members of a family were left to deal with an unimaginable tragedy and many first responders who arrived on the crime scene were left with memories they will have a difficult time erasing.

Even if you did not personally know the Rhoden family, you cannot help but be affected by the events of last Friday. You cannot help but think of the long road of healing that the family faces, or of the three young children who were spared and their uncertain future. You cannot help but wonder why and like the rest of us, search your mind for any kind of explanation.

What you can be assured of is that as small communities always do, Piketon will pull together and provide the necessary strength for all to begin to cope. All of our thoughts and prayers will be with the family and the entire community.

On the back of the bulletin at the Ripley Church of Christ on Sunday morning appeared a poem titled “We”ll Get Through This” by Joanna Fuchs. It seemed appropriate after the events of last Friday.

“Lord, our troubles are so great, we don’t know what to do,

The price for our iniquity is finally coming due.

The world is crumbling all about, no safe place can be found,

Right is wrong, wrong is right, the change is quite profound.

Lord, we need your guiding light to lead us out of here,

We’ll focus on your Word and prayer to take away our fear.

Temptations of this dying world we’ll rule out and let go,

Give our burdens all to you, shed all our worldly woe.

That’s how we’ll get through this Lord, fixed on heaven above,

Assured of your protection, help, and everlasting love.”

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