Joe L Easter William E Foster Margaret Belcher John M Cheatham Ronnie Simpson Under new management county hospital is thriving against all odds Historic fairground gazebo demolished One year later, still no arrests in Rhoden family murders There will be trouble in River City! Monna L Fitzgerald Jesse Carrington Janice M Sowards Rhoden family members make plea for tips in Pike Co murders of loved ones Quilting – the art that’s no longer just for Grandma Young is Adams County recipient of Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award Wenstrup recognized as Community Health Advocate Ready, set, go! 25th annual Egg Hunt draws hundreds Applicants needed for Adams County Fair Queen Humane Society encourages responsible animal ownership ACCS holds annual Science Fair Peebles Elementary names March Students of the Month Pierce fires perfect game as Peebles blanks West Union Hunters preparing for 2017 Wild Turkey Season Lady Hounds fall 12-3 at Lynchburg Dragons lose early lead, drop SHAC match up with Fayetteville, 13-6 Senior Profile: Isaiah Anderson Devils roll to big SHAC win at Ripley Despite soggy night, WUHS hosts annual Invitational Meet Celebrities for a night George F Carr Jr Teresa S Hoskins Mary B McClure Richard B Collins Randall D Fetters Former Manchester officer indicted on five counts WUHS student wins state Beta Club Secretary’s seat OVCTC students part of state competition S.R. 73 closed for culvert replacement Peebles Lions Club holds first Easter Egg Hunt Weyrich graduates with honors from Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics North Adams Elementary releases Honor Roll for Third grading Period Scholarships available from Jefferson Alumni Olympic athlete speaks at April 6 SAAM event Venture Hawks end their basketball season with a victory at WUHS Devils baseball sweeps doubleheader from Northwest Greyhounds gain SHAC split, split twinbill with East England signs with Rio Grande golf Pierce fans 16, Lady Indians blank Eastern Brown 4-0 Maybe somebody on the river does have a plan Senior Profile: Ryan Dryden Enjoying the view Still a time for celebration Carl R Brown Lena R Staggs Adams County Crews Schedule Culvert Replacement Projects Merlan Shoemaker Dwayne E Thompson Help is on the line! West Union Elementary honors February Students of the Month WUHS hosts 2017 All-County Arts and Music Festival Ohio Brush Creek Canoe/Kayak Access Grand Opening set for April 20 Kasich cracks down on opiate-based prescriptions West Union High School students have successful trip to State Beta Convention North Adams Beta Club excels at State Convention ACRMC hosts annual Health Fair Robert H Bushman Senior Profile: Skylar Newman Nine-run inning leads Lady Hounds to run rule win over West Union WUHS foursome breaks school record First county baseball battle goes to the Greyhounds On the road, Lady Indians pick up two more SHAC victories Senior Profile: Christa Williams One more ‘shining moment’ for SHAC seniors at C103 All-Star Game Esie M Chandler Phyllis Adkins Former Manchester police deputy faces Grand Jury Indictments Cornell tosses no-hitter, Fenton goes deep, Dragons open season with 11-0 SHAC win over Whiteoak New Verizon store opening in West Union Stephen R Palmer Dual culvert replacements for SR 73 Deana P Grooms Tim Phipps Marcella Walker Alvin R Mitchum Senior Profile: Chase Darnell SHAC hoopsters shine at District 14 All-Star Game Greyhounds run rule St. Pat, 15-0 Indians drop SHAC opener West Union hosts early JH Track Meet North Adams student wins state Beta Club President’s seat Anna B Copas Charles A Nelson Nation’s #1 movie comes to stage Artectis hosts grand opening Waiting for the ax to fall, who’s to blame? WU Seniors going to State Sci. Fair Peebles Elem. releases Honor Roll Finding the strength to endure They fought for us Born and raised “free range”

Another round of smiles

By Mark Carpenter –

I am all for smiling. It’s why we love babies and puppies, they make us smile. In fact, myself included, I don’t think the world smiles enough.  It seems like in recent months the entire country has become one giant frown and that can’t be a good thing.  On Sunday afternoon at West Union High School, if only for a few hours, the smiles were restored to Adams County.  It’s a shame that the rest of the country couldn’t join in.
There have been a lot of news reports in recent weeks about young people with special needs becoming heroes of the moment-the young man named Seth in Ripley, our own Hunter Rapp in North Adams, and numerous others around the country came on the court and achieved moments that will not soon be forgotten by themselves, their families, or anyone in attendance.  Sunday afternoon at WUHS was three hours of those kinds of moments.
I am always honored to be invited to the annual Hawks-Sheriff’s Department battle and I am deeply indebted to Wonder Woman Liz Lafferty for her gracious invitation.  By the way, I think that at any moment Liz will start spinning around, there will be that red flash of light, and “poof”, she will be in full costume.  On Sunday afternoon, there were so many things going on at so many levels that it is really hard for one’s brain to process it all.
The first smile that caught my eye was that of a young lady named Maria, who sat down at her keyboard a good half-hour before she was supposed to perform the National Anthem, she was so anxious to get started.  She sat and waited, and smiled and waved at the crowd, and even threw a couple of smiles my way, which of course, warmed my heart.  When it finally came time for her to perform, she knocked it out as usual, throwing her arms up in triumph at the end amidst the cheers.  I would have dared anyone there on Sunday to kneel for that rendition.
When it came time to introduce all the players for the game, there were a few smiles coming from the members of the Sheriff’s squad, but most of their faces showed the fear of what was upcoming for them on the court.  Perhaps Sheriff Rogers put it best when he said, “It’s a lonely feeling when you are in a gym without one single fan.”  Things picked up considerably when the Hawks were introduced and they all came to the floor with that certain bounce in their step and of course, broad smiles across their faces.  “We’re gonna win and we are sure gonna have fun doing it.”
Some of these Hawks have become local folk heroes, for example one T.J. Liston, who as many of you know is one of the biggest supporters of West Union basketball and on Sunday, he was paid back in full with his own giant fan club on hand, including some lovely young women wearing shirts that said “T.J.’s Biggest Fans.”  You don’t think ol’ T.J. was smiling all afternoon?  He got as many cheers every time he touched the ball as Kevin Durant did boos in Oklahoma City over the weekend.
The smiles of the Hawks become infectious very quickly and for a couple of hours, you tend to forget what you didn’t get done over the weekend or the giant pile of work that awaits you on Monday morning.  In fact, most of your cares are swept away for the moment.  Just watch Charlie Gardner for awhile and try not to laugh or smile.  Charlie’s main duty on Sunday seemed to be to make sure that the Sheriff wasn’t trying anything underhanded with the officials, and let me tell you, Charlie was right on top of it all day.  Watch the on-court celebration of Michael Bailey whenever he fired one through the net and try not to smile right along with him.  You can’t do it and if you weren’t there on Sunday to forget your cares, you certainly missed out.
I must mention that one member of the Hawks doesn’t do a lot of smiling before and during the game, because he is focused on just one thing-winning.  Sometimes that might not be a good thing but for Darrel Grooms, it’s the Vince Lombardi-like only thing.  When it is all said and done, though, and Darrel has wreaked his basketball havoc on the helpless defenders from the Sheriff’s Office, then he smiles.  And brags, and even got to do a radio interview as the Snappy Tomato Pizza Player of the Game.  That is one pizza that is really going to be enjoyed.
I go to a lot of basketball games each winter and I often get frustrated about things I see and hear, but I usually try to keep those under wrap.  Sunday’s game is the polar opposite of that.  When the whistle blows, half the gym isn’t in an uproar like a typical high school game, but they are instead cheering all the way around, because of course many of the calls seemed to favor the Hawks, proving the Sheriff’s money is no good around here.
Other than a few fellows who played on the “losing” side, everyone left the gym on Sunday with a smile on their face, stories to tell, and if only for awhile, the ability to cast aside their worries after three hours of entertainment.  I bet, though, that those folks on the “losing” side didn’t really leave with big frowns-I think they had some fun too away from their usual work.  It was another outstanding effort by everyone involved and this reporter would just like to say a big “Thank You!”
I bet the Hawks are already starting to practice for next year.  And to add..thank you Gary McClellan for the kind introduction, but there was only one Hall of Fame journalist in the gym on Sunday, and it wasn’t me.

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