Wilbur named to the Wilmington College Dean’s List Opal Van Hoose Ruby Yazell Chris Volk North Adams High School holds annual Homecoming ceremonies Six workers injured in power plant explosion Commissioners hold proclamation ceremony for 4-H Week Senior Profile: Shyanne Tucker Coach Young Classic is Saturday at NAHS 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

Honoring the fallen

A Memorial Day Column by State Senator Joe Uecker –

Established in the wake of massive Civil War casualties, Memorial Day was initially called Decoration Day. Every year on May 30th, members of the military were joined by ladies’ societies, veterans, a band and schoolchildren towing wagons full of flowers. They would march in detailed precision to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers and afterwards, everyone would gather in local churches for memorial services honoring those who gave their lives fighting for our nation’s
freedom.

Since the beginning of the Iraq War in 2003, 275 Ohio soldiers have lost their lives in action. 275 stories of bravery and determination came to an abrupt end in battlefields far from the comforts of home. 275 families were left to pick up the pieces and carry on with their lives after receiving the news they dreaded the most.

Why did these soldiers give their lives? Ohio Congressman James A. Garfield asked the same question on May 30, 1868, as he addressed a crowd gathered in Arlington National Cemetery during our country’s first official Memorial Day Celebration.

The answer is the same in 2016 as it was in 1868. Our fallen soldiers gave their lives to protect our freedom. They sacrificed for the love of our country that was founded not on an ethnic identity, religion or shared history but on the idea that all people are created equal and the idea that each of us has a sacred God –given right to life and liberty. They sacrificed to defend our country from all threats to security and sovereignty. They demonstrated the true cost of living in freedom.

How can we as Ohioans honor those who lay down their lives for their country, from the Civil War to the conflict in Afghanistan? In the middle of this divisive election year, we can intentionally take a break from politics and unite as one nation to remember the sacrifice that knows no political party or candidate.

When we see a road named after a fallen soldier in our own community, we can pause for a moment to give thanks for a life lived in service to a higher cause. We can treat the parades, picnic and ceremonies we attend as more than an unofficial celebration of summer’s advent. We can further the cause of the fallen by fighting to make sure our soldiers are fully equipped in the line of duty and that our veterans have the resources needed to flourish in civilian life.

Wherever we happen to be on this last Monday in May, let us do whatever we can to honor the sacrifices of soldiers that, in the words of James A. Garfield, “made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”

Whether you take the time to place a bouquet on the grave of a loved one or march in a parade, this weekend is an opportunity for all of us to express gratitude for the sacrifice that preserves our freedom.

Senator Uecker represents the 14th District in the Ohio Senate, which encompasses all of Adams, Brown, Clermont, and Scioto counties as well as a portion of Lawrence county. Learn more at www.OhioSenate.gov/Uecker

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