Headed to the District Finals Betty D Cox Michael L Evans Thelma R Stamper Therese A Boerger Lady Indians go down in straight sets to Valley in sectional play Manchester hosts the inaugural Southern Ohio Cheer Challenge NAHS girls claim soccer sectional title Seas siblings are SHAC Cross-Country champions Lady Devils will collect fourth consecutive SHAC gold ball trophy Lady Hounds ousted in sectional tourney opener Peebles Lions Club holding Thanksgiving fund raiser FFA Fruit sales have begun, run until Nov. 18 Historical marker is repaired PES will present ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Eagle Creek Health and Rehabilitation Center Open House showcases new unit PES teacher honored by ACOVSD Board Friends of North Adams Library dedicate new brick Veterans Memorial Senior Profile: Landon Wright Geneva E Vogler Susan L Kremin Local golf teams complete play at state tournament Lady Dragons make school history with tournament win Browning gets hands-on look at NASA’s latest robotics Local beautician celebrates 80th birthday Health Department appeals to November voters Betty R Toller Senior Profile: Craig Horton Helen F Hoffer Super Saturday at Freedom Field Lady Dragons hang on for five-set victory over Manchester Seventh Grade Lady Hounds are SHAC Tournament champions Peebles Elementary announces September Students of the Month Rideout’s Muffler celebrating 40th anniversary this month Senior Citizens levy will appear on November ballot Bonnie J Orr Dorothy M Edenfield Senior Profile: Grace Barge Jerry Paquette Dragons get big 38-20 win at Green Manchester takes varsity team titles at West Union Invitational Lady Devils knock off Peebles on Volley For the Cure Night Manhunt ends with arrest of alleged bank robber Senior Profile: Kelsey Friend Lady Dragons finish as District Runners-Up Sectional pairings announced for volleyball and soccer 2 and 3 and worried is me Patricia Clift Adams County Humane Agent saves abandoned dogs and puppies Tourism had major economic impact on Adams County in 2015 Senator Portman brings his campaign to Adams County Betty E Lawson Sanborn NAHS holds National Honor Society induction ceremonies Harlan W Benjamin Joyce A Lafferty Senior Profile: Lee Hesler Dragons get SHAC win, 2-1 over Fairfield North Adams tops Peebles in ‘Kickin Cancer’ battles Double duty coming at Boys’ State Golf Tournament as West Union and North Adams both qualify Humane Society providing ‘Straws For Paws’ North Adams Elementary honors students and staff Russell Rockwell Julie L Wagner Hobert C Robinson Samuel D McClellan Brenda S Bare Clarencce Walker Jr Dolly M Hilterbrandt Jack Roush Day returns to Manchester West Union FFA has busy opening to school year ODOT opens new full-service Maintenance Facility Peebles Elementary introduces Peer Mentoring program Frost is recipient of Morgan Memorial Scholarship Peebles Fire Department has a new addition Heritage Days return to Tranquility Wheat Ridge Olde Thyme Herb Fair and Harvest Festival begins Friday Caraway Farm hosts annual Pumpkin Festival ‘Run Gio’ makes a visit to Adams County Senior Profile: Mackenzie Smith West Union, North Adams grab top two spots in Division III golf sectional tournament This memory will live with me forever Will M Stern West Union and North Adams-State Bound! Lillian N Smith Betty R Shelton Barbara ER Bohl Brenda Farley Senior Profile: Caitlyn Bradford Dragons roar to 40-0 Homecoming victory Greyhounds take three of four races at annual Adams County Meet Monarch Meadows holds grand opening Discovering a touch of glass on Erie’s Shores Junior L Conaway William B Brumley Sr Fred G Davis Ohio Valley FFA Officers for 2016-17 named ACRMC Emergency Care Center renamed after Dr. Bruce Ashley West Union holds football Homecoming festivities First graders pick the Sheriff Cross honored by ODNR with the prestigious Cardinal Award

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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