Sharon R Grooms Steven L Wootten Forest J McDaniel Ralph O Grooms Adams County teenager dies in auto accident Charles N Vance Wesley M Baldwin James Kennedy Tom A Mihalovich Brand hat trick leads North Adams past West Union 5-2 in SHAC soccer action Senior Profile: Bryant Lung Lady Hounds pull off thrilling Senior Night win Volleyball milestones continue to pile up at North Adams Banner season for Lady Indians soccer SHAC holds Junior High Volleyball Tournament Tournament match ups set for volleyball and soccer Senior Profile: Morgan Edmisten Hounds dominate, improve to 3-4 Is this not the best time of the year? Volley For The Cure is another big success Getting everything we ask for Oh, that dreaded leaf project Manchester: Adams County’s oldest community looks to the future with hope Congressman visits Manchester’s newest business Six candidates vie for MLSD School Board Highway 41 road work stalls MFD holds annual Safety Day for kids, families Lenora Mckee Virgie Cole Helen J Damron Karen S Lockhart Donna M Pelfrey Russell D Pollitt, Sr Karen S Lockhart Harris named Director of Shelter for the Homeless Local candidates abundant on November ballot Senior Profile: McKinlee Grooms Lady Dragons finish third in district golf tourney Lady Devils challenged, but survive to extend SHAC streak to 60 Rally falls short, Lady Hounds fall in five sets to Fairfield Senior Profile: Jessica Newman Lady Indians get shutout win over West Union, 2-0 Erwins host annual Herb Fair Bentonville: A community at the crossroads of Adams County history Tranquility, Wilson Homestead host annual Heritage Days Why we get back up Your local newspaper, the real deal Welcome to the morning klatch Oleda F Saunders Frank A Golden Shirley A Tully Hubert Knauff John T Shupert Celebrate the sports pages Gould, Woolard, defense lead Hounds to second win George E Lucas Betty A Johnson Hayes sentenced Sue Day Devils headed back to state golf tourney Earl R Fields Alberta L Steward Gregory Terry Linda Taylor Levies slated for November ballot Manchester residents forming neighborhood watch group West Union teachers receive prestigious award Crum arraigned in Brown County Common Pleas Court Seaman: A small town with a big heart and a family spirit Seaman Fall Festival again draws large crowds NAES participates in weekend food program AES Ohio Generation assumes control of DP&L assets West Union, Peebles take home county XC crowns Lady Devils win a soccer buzzer-beater Senior Profile: Brooklyn Wylie Lady Dragons move to districts Green Devils win sectional golf title West Union hosting fourth annual Alumni Volleyball Game Gray breaks Lady Indians’ single season goals record Senior Profile: Chase Cummings Lady Dragons cruise to SHAC title Hupp ties school record with five goals in Lady Devils’ win over Southeastern For 14th time in 15 years, Dragons claim SHAC Boys Golf Championship Getting life in order See those signals of the season Jury returns verdict in former Manchester police officer’s trial Larry Peters Gary L Hughes Sr Deanna L Parker Stephen R Fetters Bonnie Hawkins Clifton J DeMint Steven L Kimberlin When you just know The tradition of the Sunday dinner The emotions of leaving for college A hard habit to break Did it happen or did it not? Southern Ohio Trails Web Portal released Board of Elections announces polling place changes

Future looking grim for county’s coal-fired power plants

The possible closing of the local power plants has government and school officials scrambling to make budget decisions.

County officials meet with State reps and Union leaders –

Story by Patricia Beech –
Photo by Mark Carpenter-

Officials from various agencies across Adams County joined representatives from the Utility Workers Union of America on Tuesday, Jan. 17 for a meeting with lawmakers in Columbus to discuss the closing of the J.M. Stuart and Killen Station Power Plants.
DP&L has announced their intention to shut down all operations at the plants in June 2018 – a move that will cost the jobs of more than 500 workers from Adams and surrounding counties.
Union representatives are urging the energy companies to consider selling the plants so that operations can continue into the near future.
“They’re wanting to find an exit plan that will not impact the county so harshly and would give us time to gradually adjust to losing tax revenue from the plants,” said Commissioner Diane Ward.
Coal-fired power plants are closing at a rapid pace since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule went into effect last year, and it’s a trend that is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.
Representatives from the Manchester Local School District (MLSD) were among those who traveled to Columbus. The district – which lost approximately $1.5 million in revenue from the devaluation of equipment at the Stuart plant – is set to take an even harder hit when the plants cease all operations.
The district’s board met on Wednesday, Jan. 18 to begin exploring where cuts could be made. “The board is looking at all their options at this point,” said Treasurer Karen Ballengee. “We want to make cuts that will have the least negative effect on the students’ education.”
Adams County auditor David Gifford says the loss of over $8 million in tax revenue from the plants will impact many of the county’s social service agencies including, but not limited to the Adams County Developmental Disabilities, Children Services, Ambulance EMS services, Senior Citizens Services, Libraries, the Health Department, and the Hope Van.
“We have mandated services this county is required by law to provide,” Commissioner Ward said. “If our funding is cut, we’re going to have to trim our budgets back, and trim hard.”

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