ACRMC Emergency Care Center renamed after Dr. Bruce Ashley Volleyball teams honor young cancer patient MHS honors veterans during pregame Kirker Covered Bridge gets a ‘Brown Goose’ facelift Adams County Heritage Days are Sept. 30-Oct. 1 Lady Devils prevail 1-0 over Peebles on Kickin’ Cancer Night Senior Profile: Patrick Baldwin Michael W Milby James R Grooms Sr. Fall Festival crowns Little Miss and Mister UPDATE: Pike County multiple murder Investigation; redacted autopsy reports released West Union Elementary names August Students of the Month SHAC streak continues for North Adams volleyball West Union volleyball picks up a pair of W’s Animal Shelter booth sees record crowds at Old Timer’s Day Festival Dragons top Manchester in Defender Bowl battle, 28-22 Senior Profile: Kendall Gallowitz Lady Dragons grab early lead in SHAC Tourney, final round is coming Friday Another Old Timer’s Days in the books and successful Run Gio Foundation to hold Oct. 1 benefit in Adams County Betty L Kelley Tom Cross, ACTVB Director, to receive ODNR Cardinal Award Seaman Fall Festival begins Wednesday, runs through Saturday Dragons still lead after two rounds of SHAC Golf, McCarty tops individual leader board Lady Dragons get SHAC win, downing Fayetteville 3-1 Overcoming obstacles, Pennywitt etches his name in MHS record books Dragons take first day lead in SHAC Golf Tourney New drug treatment offers more hope for recovering addicts Ronnie G Nace Lucille Wright Lois M Bixler Time to change those soccer rules Senior Profile: Hannah Grimes ‘Cruising up and down the main drag all night long’ Community effort erects town clock S Bridge to be replaced on Graces Run Road Senior Profile: Brittany Caldwell Lady Dragons break ACCC course record Dragons roll in county gridiron battle Down to last play, Hounds fall in heartbreaker I never won, but those lawn games were special times Donnie Austin Shari R Hiltibran Bentonville hosts 40th Annual Harvest Festival West Union soccer teams sweep Williamsburg, St. Patrick “Rockin” the mats again Senior Profile: Brittany Caldwell Sylvester Mefford Local teens selected to State 4-H Teen Leadership Council Connect with Serpent Mound over Old Timer’s Days Guthrie to speak about pests and diseases in beekeeping Old Timers Days Festival Cornhole Tournament is this week Defender Bowl coming Thursday Bentonville Harvest Festival holds Toddler Pageants 40th Anniversary Bentonville Harvest Festival hosts Baby Show 9/11 Reminds Us That We Are All Americans Lady Dragons are 2016 County Cup winners Bob Birchfield Senior Profile: Ryan Henderson Dragons take JV golf match Another rough night for Greyhounds, Notre Dame rolls to big win Remembering 9/11-15 years later Hughes honored at GABP Concussions and Youth Sports Roberta Newman to retire after more than 46 years at First State Bank Reaching out to the Baton Rouge flood victims Bentonville Harvest Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary Fire it up! Annual Jr. Fair BBQ cooks up another savory fare Lady Indians take down Whiteoak in four sets Senior Profile: Zack Best Greyhounds produce three winners at the 2016 Dragon Run Lady Hounds win in five sets at West Union Teresa Houdeshell Rosa Grooms Roy C Shiveley Mathew R Potts Staggs and Louiso to visit nation’s capital MLSD board members disagree on the merits of drug-testing students Law enforcement will target impaired drivers Labor Day weekend Figgins goal gives Devils a 1-0 win over West Union Lady Devils soccer rolls past West Union 9-1 Senior Profile: Madison Jenkins Boys golf season in full swing in county Winchester Homecoming Festival beats the heat and the storm I learned a lot from Rusty Verona McRoberts Lester Boldman Elsworth Cook Jr Harold L Applegate Governor Kasich honors Defender’s 150th anniversary ACRMC offers Language Interpretation Greyhounds stumble in opener, Green rushing attack leads to big win Notre Dame drops North Adams in straight sets SENIOR PROFILE: Gavin Baldwin Lady Dragons win Friday match at ACCC Juanita Lee Annual Junior Fair Beef BBQ is Thursday night Earl Jackson It was really worth the wait Barnes retires from Water District Board of Trustees

William E. Fetters

William “Bill” Earnest Fetters, 90 years old, of Decatur, passed peacefully on Friday, June 17, 2016 at Clermont Mercy Hospital in Batavia, surrounded by his loving family.  He was born in Manchester on May 12, 1926, the son of the late Charles and Retta (Doyle) Fetters, whom he lost at a young age.  He was preceded in death by his beloved foster parents, George and Lillie (Fry) Vance.  The youngest of seven siblings, Bill was preceded in death by three brothers:  Orville “David”, Wilbur and Jullis “Jude” Fetters; three sisters:  Gladys Carrington, Mildred Claypool and Eleanor Prather and one grandchild, Ronald W. Hughes.  Bill was also preceded in death by his endearing wife of 37 years, Shirley Y. Fetters whom he happily married on June 10, 1970.
Bill is survived by his first wife, Lore E. (Swearingen) McClease and their three beautiful children:  Deatra Pistole, Roxanne (Ronnie) Hughes and Billy Joe Fetters;
10 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.
He owned and operated his Dairy and Tobacco Farms for 63 years from 1944-2007 as well as Bill’s Dry Cleaners for 25 years from 1956-1981.  He was a Veteran of the United States Army, PFC serving in WWII from 1944-1946, and Life Member D.A.V. and a member of the American Legion Post 180 in Georgetown.
Bill was a talented musician alongside his wife and friends.  He had a love for cars and motorcycles as well as his impressive cowboy boot collection.  Bill was always “dressed to the nine”.  Though our hearts ache dearly for this man built of courage and strength, they are also flooded with tears of joy that our beloved Daddy/Dad and Papaw will no longer feel pain but instead be free to Rest In Peace, hand in hand with his love, Shirley.
Visitation is Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 5- 8 pm at the Lafferty Funeral Home in West Union.  The funeral service is Friday, June 24 at 11 a.m. with Reverend Rodney Brewer officiating.  Burial will follow at the Decatur Cemetery with a Military Service conducted by the Adams County Honor Guard.
Tomorrow is the most important thing in life.  Comes unto us at midnight very clean.  It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands.  It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.” – John Wayne 1971

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