200 years on the banks of the Ohio, in a little town called Moscow Edwin P Prince 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

Thanks to NFL, Freedom Field will be a lot brighter for fans

Scott McFarland, left, receives the check from the Bengals and the NFL Foundation from grant writer Ed Salsbury.
Scott McFarland, left, receives the check from the Bengals and the NFL Foundation from grant writer Ed Salsbury.

Story and photos by Mark Carpenter –

Thanks to the penmanship talents of Mr. Ed Salsbury and a grant of $10,000 from the Cincinnati bengals and the NFL Foundation, Freedom Field in West Union will look a lot brighter to football fans this fall.  Because of the grant writing ability of Salsbury and the hard work of the West Union football program in building from the ground up, the program was able to purchase eight lighting towers which will be in place for the 2016 season.
“The lighting allows us to have Friday Night Football under the lights as well as the elementary football championship games at night,” said Scott McFarland, West Union’s varsity coach and one of the main organizers from the beginning of the Dragon football program.
Here is the text of the official release from the Bengals and the NFL:
As a part of their commitment to Greater Cincinnati, the Bengals and NFL Foundation have teamed up to recognize organizations that stand out for their commitment to our community. The Bengals distributed $80,000 to eight area charities in recognition of their work in Greater Cincinnati.
Three groups (American Heart Association, Cincinnati YMCA and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cincinnati) were recognized with grants from the NFL Play 60 program, which encourages youth to be active for 60 minutes each day in order to combat childhood obesity.
Two groups (Salvation Army and Armed Forces Ticket Association – AFTA) were recognized for their volunteer work in the community. AFTA is a long-time partner of the Bengals, through which the Club has donated more than $200,000 worth of tickets to Bengals games over the past two years.
Two youth football organizations, West Union Football Organization and Madeira Schools Foundation, were recognized for their commitment to developing the sport at the grassroots level.
Finally, the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation was awarded $5000 to assist women in need of access to free mammograms.
“Greater Cincinnati is blessed with many charities that help make our community better,” said Katie Blackburn, Bengals Executive Vice President. “Large or small, each one touches people in need. We are proud to be associated with these organizations and appreciate the work they do each and every day”.

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