Mabel Chamblin Michael R Jones Marie I Simmons Ray Johnson One thing to remember this President’s Day Adams County Deer Harvest down over 21% MLSD amends five-year budget, prepares for future with power plant closings Lady Dragons triumph in sectional opener Lady Hounds eighth graders capture SHAC Tournament title Gary L Fetters Sr Boys Sectional brackets released ‘We’re only as good as the way we treat others’ Another round of smiles Adams County Board of DD members recognized Terry L Unger 8th Grade Lady Devils ousted in tourney semis WU’s McCarty signs with Ohio Christian Joyce A Huddleson Carolyn Spires BREAKING NEWS: Peebles police search for man accused of selling marijuana-laced sweets Decision Time BBN Senior Profile: Summer Grundy Lady Devils fall to Southeastern, 56-48 Devils outlast Manchester 47-44 in double overtime Peebles holds second Hall of Fame Ceremony Senior Profile: Patrick England Sowards hits 1,000, ties PHS three-point mark County agencies prepare for sweeping budget cuts Manchester Council votes to cut police chief’s hours Wrestling debuts in Adams County Peebles Library hosts book signing As plants power down, community must step up Raymond P Dryden Alva Palmer Billie L Shoemaker Judith Long Brent A Arn Girls basketball sectional pairings announced WU’s Weeks will continue gridiron career at next level West Union JH Boys drop pair at Ripley Eighth Grade Lady Hounds roll into SHAC semi-finals Janet A Kennedy DP&L moving ahead with plans to close power plants Outreach Center in Peebles is a hub of giving River Sweep contest winners announced Gordley hits 1,000 mark, but Indians drop crucial SHAC contest to Lynchburg Manchester lifters compete at Piketon Senior Profile: Madelyn Sanders Charles L Hurd Randy Casto Bobby Strunk Dorothy J Scott Chester A Lanter Coach David Smalley picks up 500th career win at Rio Grande Dustin Holbrook Senior Profile: Camron Gordley As usual, optimism abounds on 2017 Reds Caravan Breeze, Beasley newest members of NAHS Athletic HOF Two humble men Adams County Manor Home Health Care makes road to recovery easier Don and Venita Bowles named as Outstanding Fair Supporters ‘Tip off For Tammy’ is a huge success, joint effort by two schools Husted campaign makes stop in Peebles Benefit held for double-lung transplant recipient I loved that muddy water, building in the creek Margaret E Broughton Larry A Hanson DP&L press release confirms closing of power plants Eighth grade girls showdown lives up to hype, North Adams wins in overtime, 45-43 Senior Profile: Raeanna Stamm North Adams Football sign-ups coming soon North Adams JV girls go 11-4 with win over Peebles Harper wins MaxPreps/JJHuddle Athlete of the Week West Union duo headed to the college gridiron Lady Devils make it 11 straight with win at Peebles Adams County residents attend Trump Inauguration A Look back at our Archives Peebles native comes home to film documentary Ohio Valley Wrestling Cub hosting home match on Jan. 31 Ruth A Branscome Velma Hughes Carol L Lewis Betty L Greiner Devils top New Boston 63-53 in finale of Coach Young Classic Lady Devils rout Eastern Pike in Young Classic Indians bounce back with 67-59 win over East OHSAA Baseball Pitch Count Regulation approved for 2017 At the buzzer, Rothwell gives Dragons an overtime win Greyhounds fall to Portsmouth Lady Indians roll past West Union 80-29 From Division II to the Senior Bowl COSI On Wheels visits West Union Elementary News from the Peebles PTO NAJH Basketball hosting ‘Play For The Cure’ Jan. 28 North Adams Elementary recognizes Students and Staff Members of the Month for December Honoring a coaching legend Benefit will assist double-lung transplant patient Peebles to be featured in new documentary Cleaning the stables-the worst job on the farm Wenstrup reselected to serve on House Intelligence Committee

Upset win sends Trump to the White House

Donald J. Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States in an upset win over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Donald J. Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States in an upset win over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Ugly campaign ends in Republican victory –

By Mark Carpenter –

In what is being described by many experts as the “biggest political upset in history”, billionaire businessman Donald Trump shocked the nation with a late come-from-behind victory in the 2016 presidential election, topping Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
A campaign that involved as much mud-slinging as seen in recent history came to a conclusion on Tuesday evening when Trump became the first person with no previous military or political experience to be elected President, denying Clinton the history of becoming the country’s first female Chief Executive as well as being part of the first husband and wife to hold the office.
In a stunning turn of events, Trump took control of the electoral college early Tuesday evening and never looked back, surpassing the 270 mark required for victory, leading Clinton 289-218 by Wednesday morning, with still three states left to report.  Social media exploded on Tuesday evening and overnight as Americans expressed either their outrage at the choice or their support for the platform of “change” promised by the Republican candidate, who received a concession phone call from Clinton around 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
When inaugurated in January 2017, the 70-year old Trump will become the country’s 45th President and has already scheduled a transition meeting with current President Barack Obama on Thursday as one of the biggest political upheavals in America’s history begins.
In his victory speech, Trump told his supporters, “It is time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be President for all of Americans, and this is so important to me. For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country.  As I’ve said from the beginning, ours was not a campaign but rather an incredible and great movement, made up of millions of hard-working men and women who love their country and want a better, brighter future for themselves and for their family.”
“It is a movement comprised of Americans from all races, religions, backgrounds, and beliefs, who want and expect our government to serve the people — and serve the people it will.
Working together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream. I’ve spent my entire life in business, looking at the untapped potential in projects and in people all over the world.”
In an election that also saw the Republicans keep control of Congress, Trump won the state of Ohio and its 18 electoral votes, with approximately 52% of the state’s vote.  The president-elect also controlled the vote here in Adams County, collecting 8,445 votes to Clinton’s 2.293.
Stephen Caraway, former Adams County Commissioner and Treasurer of the Adams County Republican Party, gave the Defender his thoughts on the election’s outcome.
“The bottom line is, Americans were sick and tired of being sick and tired with the Washington political establishment,” said Caraway.  “Donald Trump offered this country more than just lip service, more than just rhetoric, he offered real and meaningful change. The Adams County Republican Party is humbled by the outpouring of support for our nominee. These results are historic, even for a conservative area like Adams County – taking 75% of the vote is nearly unheard of.”
“Voters wanted to change and change they shall get. I commend Secretary Clinton and her supporters, it is now time for the country to come together after this divisive election.”

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