Mary Wallingford Leslie V Lawrence Jr Fair hosts Cheerleading Competition Peebles FFA installs 2017-18 Officers Seniors Citizens and Armed Forces Day at the fair Cheers! It’s mocktail time! North Adams Beta Club attends National Convention at Disney ‘You won’t believe the chaos it rains around you’ McCarty’s receive 4-H Alumni award McKayla Raines crowned 2017 Junior Fair Queen Eastern knocks off Peebles 10-5 to capture 14 U baseball tourney Just listen for the answer Time to teach a little History Fair hosts Little Miss and Mister, Toddler shows Jason E Palmer Dorothy Stephenson Shane G Varney The weekend I joined the Army David Stutz Patty Davis Battle results in new chief at the Division of Wildlife Join in with ‘Adams County Rocks’ After 500-mile journey, pigeon ‘drops’ in for a visit Nine-run third inning leads Peebles to upset win in SHYL 12U baseball tournament finals Willie L White David A Presley Connie Greene Carolyn Belczyk retiring from OSU Extension Young’s reign as Fair Queen ends, new journey begins Robert L Boone Esther C Malone Independence Day parade puts patriotism on display Being an addict’s mom: a sad and scary place to be White House newest addition to People’s Defender mailing list Young leaving Manchester to become Ripley Principal Leadoff homer holds up, Manchester takes 10U softball tourney 1-0 over North Adams North Adams tops Manchester in 12U semis Monday Night League concludes with SHAC showdown How we see ourselves In the good ole’ summertime Ronnie L Roush Elizabeth A Gifford Tom White Ivan H Copas Kathleen Lewis Paul Minton Jessica A Edmisten Workhouse helps free up jail space Penguin ‘chills’ with kids in library visit ‘Heroin has taken me to my darkest places’ The beauty of the giant combine West Union gets past North Adams 5-2 in 10U baseball tourney play Eastern Brown hosts annual Girls Soccer Shootout “It’s been a real community effort” Summer ball winds down for local squads Submit your Knothole team photos! Gokey, Morgan, Young to perform at 2017 Festival of the Bells Just looking around the room When in the course of human events When your dreams seem out of reach Ricky A Smith Ricky A Smith Dean McClellan Ruby O Shell Peggy R Atkinson Caroline E Fulton Marcia R Baldwin Juanita N Lewis Mary K Hilterbran Jack D Reed ‘I had no gumption except to get high’ Long-lost siblings meet for the first time after nearly six decades apart Freedom Festival to honor the American Flag ‘Music and Memory’ at Adams County Manor renews lives lost to dementia Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy takes gold at 2017 Ohio Police and Fire Games Toole awarded Winchester Alumni Scholarship Lady Devils host Summer Varsity Shootout In 14U, Peebles finishes regular season with blowout win Der professionelle Basketball-Traum Local pair attend Wabash College Wrestling Camp Shootouts in the summer time Eight dollars and three keys When life gets messy Hot summer days were no sweat Janice McGlothin Jeannine O Evans Gerald Grooms 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

Shop With a Cop event is set for Dec. 22

image_538Local law-enforcement officers bring Christmas cheer to community kids –

By Patricia Beech –

Fifty Adams County children will have a merrier Christmas this year thanks to the efforts of local law enforcement agencies participating in the second annual Shop With a Cop program.
According to Deputy Randy Walters the purpose of Shop With a Cop  s two fold – providing kids a good Christmas while building positive relationships with law enforcement.
“Children often see the negative side of law enforcement when we have to come out to arrest their loved ones, so this event gives them the opportunity to see that we are caring people, that we do care about them,” Walters said.  “It’s an opportunity for us to reach out to children who are at risk or who don’t have the means to have a good Christmas – we want them to see us as friends.”
The two Shop with a Cop events will be held at noon and 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22 at the West Union firehouse on Logans Lane. The participating children will ride in a parade through West Union to Walmart where they will shop with an officer before returning to the firehouse for lunch, a visit with Santa, and a dance (with music provided by an officer acting as DJ).
The program, sponsored by the Adams County Sheriff’s office, is organized in conjunction with the Fraternal Order of Police by local police chiefs, including Rob Music from Peebles, Jeff Bowling from Manchester, David Benjamin from Winchester, Kevin Cross from Seaman, and Tim Sanderson from West Union. In addition to community police officers, other participating law enforcement personnel include troopers from the Ohio Highway Patrol and Rangers from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Additionally, the ODNR has donated 50 fishing poles and 50 fully stocked tackle boxes to the program.
Children participating in the program are chosen by school Resource Officers who work in both county school districts.
“We rely on the Resource Officers because they know the kids, they’re in the school with them everyday and they’re aware of each child’s circumstances,” said Alexa Breeze, Corrections Officer at the Adams County Sheriff’s Office. “We cross reference every child with every organization around Adams County that’s helping children to keep from duplicating and to get as many kids as possible in the program.”
Breeze says the success of the project springs from community effort.  “We all work together – law enforcement, local churches, businesses and individuals – to help the kids.”
The money collected is distributed equally among all the children.
“The community has come together and really helped us out a lot this year,” said Walters. “Some people might give 10 dollars and others might give 100 – it all goes into the same pot to help the kids – and it’s all divided up equally between them.”
Anyone interested in making a tax-deductible donation to the Shop With a Cop program should contact Alexa Breeze at (937) 474-1744 or stop by the Sheriff’s office with your donation. The deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 21 . Receipts are provided.
“Last year the program was very successful and I think this year it’s going to be even more successful,” said Walters. “We’ve really been out there talking to people and everyone we’ve talked to has been very receptive to helping out. I think we all agree it’s a very good thing for a police officer to have friendly one-on-one time with a kid.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© The People's Defender - All rights reserved