Marvin Setty Richard G Waldron Grand Marshals selected for West Union Fourth of July Parade Adams County, Maysville Vet team up to save injured dog Michael S Knauff Victor P Price Success builds from the bottom up Finalists named for 2017 Fair Queen Contest William Glenn DeWine, Reader Call For Tips in Rhoden Murder Investigation MHS principal to take superintendent post Peebles Skate Park now a reality 2017-18 Fur and Feather Ambassadors named Caley Grooms is Cattlemen’s Beef Ambassador Dr. Mueller leaving Health Department’s free clinic Hourglass Quilt Barn returning to Adams County Lung, Thornburg are First Team All-District selections North Adams hosts annual Boys Basketball Camps Walk-off winner Wanda Hill George D Johnson Life can be a juggling act My favorite thing to do on the farm Wolves in Adams County! Ronald L Wedmore Three lessons from Dad Donald D Morgan Wenstrup uninjured in Virginia shooting Portman staff to hold grant funding workshop Raymond E Applegate Keeping the Peebles tradition alive Back on the hardwood, local hoops squads compete in Monday Night League Seven county athletes recognized as All-SHAC Baseball honorees Stepping to the podium Lady Hounds host Youth Volleyball Camp Senior Profile: Bryan Young Junior Deputy Boot Camps kick off in Manchester Hayes pleads “not guilty” to 109 counts Six-year-old girl finds long-lost class ring Jefferson Alumni awards annual scholarships Paul Tate Jr Marcus I Cox Jewell Gill James M Hill Jr Jeffrey S Jones Samuel A Disher Jack Sterling BREAKING NEWS: Parents face charges after son overdoses on opiate License Hikes and Tall Turkey Tales Danger under every rock Reigning Miss Ohio USA will judge 2017 Adams County Fair Queen Pageant Gordley’s hoops career will continue at Mount St. Joseph Russell C Newman Kenneth C Thurman George Uebel Summer Reading Program underway Honor Flight carries local veteran to DC When rescuers become victims Passing the torch, West Union hosts week-long basketball camp for future Dragons SENIOR PROFILE: Sara Knechtly Terry L Powell Willie Shreffler James C Fitzpatrick Senior Profile: Austin Parks Six countians named to All-SHAC Softball squad Lady Indians get summer camp season underway Memorial Day services pay tribute to local veterans WUHS Steel Band will perform at Bogart’s SSCC announces Honors Lists for spring semester Peebles Elementary releases Honor Roll for final nine weeks West Union Elementary announces Honor Roll for fourth nine weeks Back to State! Mom calls daughter “living proof” seat belts save lives Rent-2-Own donation means new soccer scoreboard at WUHS NAHS student selected for Engineering Summer Camp Southern Hills Athletic Conferences honors Spring Sports athletes Senior Profile: Kailyn Boyd Madison Welch receives Riffle Scholarship Junior Achievement Volunteers visit county’s seventh graders Marcella J Abbott James Ratliff Gladys Davitz Harry G Shupert Memories on Memorial Day A soldier’s story, a family’s grief Thank You for your sacrifice Seaman community honors local veterans with special tribute Former PES teacher dies in tragic accident All County Senior Citizens Day celebrated Parks signs with SSCC Soccer Senior Profile: Lexie Bunn Jessie Rodgers Memorial Day services set for county Truly our greatest generation Bertha Lashley Maia Swartz Jessie Rodgers Errors spell the end of Devils’ baseball season Senior Profile: Carry Hayslip Lady Hounds’ season ends with tourney loss to Paint Valley

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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