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 Indians bounce back with 67-59 win over East OHSAA Baseball Pitch Count Regulation approved for 2017 At the buzzer, Rothwell gives Dragons an overtime win Greyhounds fall to Portsmouth Lady Indians roll past West Union 80-29 From Division II to the Senior Bowl COSI On Wheels visits West Union Elementary News from the Peebles PTO NAJH Basketball hosting ‘Play For The Cure’ Jan. 28 North Adams Elementary recognizes Students and Staff Members of the Month for December Honoring a coaching legend Benefit will assist double-lung transplant patient Peebles to be featured in new documentary Cleaning the stables-the worst job on the farm Wenstrup reselected to serve on House Intelligence Committee Venture Hawks and Sheriff’s Department square off on Feb. 12 Cecil R Dupree Harper wins MaxPreps/JJHuddle Athlete of the Week Star Wars costume exhibition coming to Museum Center

Turkey season so far…

A jake gobbler in full strut in Adams County.  Photo by Tom Cross.
A jake gobbler in full strut in Adams County. Photo by Tom Cross.

By Tom Cross – People’s Defender

By the numbers the 2016 edition of Ohio’s turkey season seems to be looking up. The past few seasons were pretty dismal as weather and other factors of past wet springs across Ohio have limited the turkey hatch. If the pleasant weather southern Ohio is enjoying now any harbinger of future turkey seasons, they should be great.

The statewide turkey season take thus far is up almost six percent through the first week of season. Ohio hunters have tagged in 8,629 gobblers during that first week.

Locally Adams County has had a nearly 20 percent increase in the take over last season. 56 gobblers were harvested opening day in Adams County and so far Adams County turkey hunters have bagged 220 gobblers through the first week of season. Brown County hunters have bagged 167 gobblers the first week and Highland hunters took 163 gobblers. Pike County checked in with 132 gobblers, and Scioto County turkey hunters have checked 129 bearded birds through the first week. Ohio’s spring turkey season opened April 18 and will continue through May 15.

Ohio’s recent youth season, April 16-17, concluded with 1,564 birds being taken statewide. In Adams County young hunters, ages 17 or younger, bagged 34 gobblers that weekend of youth season.

Just in from the Edge of Appalachia Preserve, spring turkey hunting is now being permitted on approximately 1,500 acres of preserve property located just north of Cedar Mills. The hunting is by permit only and must be applied for in person at the Eulett Center located at 4274 Waggoner Riffle Rd., West Union, from between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The permits are free and only a limited number of permits are issued for a limited length of time and that is to maintain the quality of the hunt and for safety reasons. Permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Fifty percent of the permits are reserved for Adams County residents. Proof of residency such as a driver license is required.

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2016 People's Defender