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

Ralph Sheets

SheetsOn Friday, May 6, 2016, Ralph Lee Sheets, age 87, left this earth to be with his bride, Peg. Ralph passed away peacefully in his favorite chair at his home in Jackson, Ohio. He was the second child born to Webster and Hazel (Campbell) Sheets on Nov. 1, 1928 in Gallia County. To this union was born a sister, Marcella Sandel and a brother, Sherley Sheets, all of whom preceded him in death.

Ralph lost his mother at a very early age. His father married Brookie Halley and to this union was born the following siblings: Raymond Sheets of Florida, Morris (Jenny) Sheets of Gallipolis, Hazel Brumfield of Crown City, and Danny Sheets of Gallipolis. With the help of his late uncle, Clarence and aunt Maude Campbell, Ralph was raised in Mercerville, Ohio. He attended Mercerville School where he graduated in 1946. Upon graduation, Ralph joined the United States Marine Corp. After the Marines, he became a State Highway Patrolman and that is where he met the love of his life.

Ralph and Margaret “Peg” Weiher were united in marriage on Dec. 25, 1954 in Gallipolis. They had 53 wonderful years together and he always called her his bride. Ralph had many careers in his life. He sold cars for Belville Motor Cars in Logan, Ohio, Sheets Chevy, Olds, and Buick in Peebles and Sheets Pontiac, Olds, Buick, GMC in Jackson. He was employed with Appalachia Realty till the time of his death.

He is survived by his children: Edna (Paul) Rickard of Chillicothe, Scott Sheets (Rhonda Baker) of Jackson, and Peg’s daughter, Sandy (Alford) Sellers of Columbus; grandchildren Brandon Sheets of Jackson, Lauren Rickard (fiance, Brandon Runyon) of New Carlisle, and Alford Jr. and Cicly Sellers both of Columbus; great-grandson, Rowland Runyon; great-granddaughter, Mariyah Sellers; his little pal, McKinlee Lizon; and his dear friend, Nea Henry.

He was preceded in death by his bride, Peg Sheets on March 8, 2008 and son-in-law, Mark Rickard.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 from 4-8 p.m. with Masonic Services at 7:30 p.m. conducted by Trowel Lodge #0132 F.& A.M. at the Lewis & Gillum Funeral Home of Jackson. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Tim Keeton officiating. Friends and family can meet for a graveside service with military honors at 3 p.m. at Ridgelawn Cemetery in Mercerville, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to: First Baptist Church of Jackson, Sheets Memorial Donations, 35 Broadway Street, Jackson, OH 45640.

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