Pamela M Hampton Former county sheriff celebrates 80th birthday Missing Adams County man is found Lady Hounds fall to Whiteoak in slugfest Calvert’s walk-off gives Hounds 9-8 win over Whiteoak Charles A Benjamin Give My Regards to Broadway Joyce Berry 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

Coal company files to intervene in power plant closings

Murray Energy Corporation, the largest underground coal mining company in North America, filed a motion on Tuesday, Feb. 14 with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to intervene in the pending settlement of Dayton Power & Light’s Electric Security Plan (ESP) which calls for the plants’ closure.

County leaders demand answers from DP&L, state legislators –

By Patricia Beech –

Adams County has found an unexpected ally in its efforts to forestall the closing of its two coal-fired power plants. The company that supplies coal to the Stuart and Killen plants is hoping to intercede to keep the two from being shuttered.
Murray Energy Corporation, the largest underground coal mining company in North America, filed a motion on Tuesday, Feb. 14 with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to intervene in the pending settlement of Dayton Power & Light’s Electric Security Plan (ESP) which calls for the plants’ closure.
Murray Energy claims that before DP&L’s January announcement, the company had been working to keep the two power plants open through 2026 and stated that the closing of the plants would hurt business, in addition to negatively impacting Ohio employees and losing “substantial revenue”.
In their filing the coal
company states, “As the Commission is fully aware, coal-fired, base load electric generation has been a cornerstone of the state of Ohio’s ability to supply safe, reliable and affordable electric energy to its citizens for generations,” adding that the settlement’s Stipulation and Recommendation not only “subverts this critical, reliable cornerstone of Ohio’s sound energy policy”, but also has failed to “address the staggering Adverse Closure Effects being unloaded upon Murray Energy and the citizens of Ohio.  Rather, it focuses primarily on serving the private self-interests of the parties to the agreement, many of which, including Sierra Club, appear to stand ready to receive substantial payments under the self-serving agreement.”
Officials at the Murray Company, as well as local government officials in Adams County, believe they have not been properly represented in the PUCO proceedings.
“We’re trying our best to get answers,” Mike Pell, President of the First State Bank told Scott Sloan of WLW Radio.  “As community leaders we have reached out to DP&L and frankly, not until Commissioner Brian Baldridge stood up at a public meeting in Columbus on Feb. 1 – we were getting nowhere in our efforts to understand what DP&L’s long range plans are for our community.”
Pell said a meeting with DP&L officials was planned for next week.
Likening the impact of the plant closings to DHL’s departure from Wilmington – a move which devastated the local economy, Pell said, “We’ve got a storm brewing and it’s going to be here very soon. In June 2018 we’re going to lose our largest private employer by at least 50 percent, and we’re going to lose approximately $45 million in property tax revenue and salaries.”
Many county officials and leaders share Murray Energy’s goal to delay the plant closings. “Our main goal is to get a little more life out of these plants over a period of time,” said Pell. “Frankly, there is no legislation or plans in place to decommission the plants, and DP&L controls 5,500 acres in Adams County and seven miles of Ohio River front property, and as far as we know, they’re going to lock the gate – that will be devastating for Adams County.”
According to Power Magazine, “There is no legal requirement to demolish an old power plant management typically chooses not to spend significant money to decommission a site. Developers may purchase a site as-is and bear the decommissioning costs in exchange for a lower purchase price, or the government may step in with economic development incentives to decommission and redevelop sites and create jobs.
Thus far, Ohio legislators have taken no action requiring that companies properly decommission their coal-fired plants. Nor have they passed legislation to ensure coal-dependent communities like Adams County are provided opportunities for steady economic recovery in a post-coal world.
“We’re a small community – only 28,000 folks,” said Pell in his radio interview.  “We’re working very hard to raise awareness among our legislators and others about what is going on in Adams County – not only is the financial impact on our community going to be huge, but the environmental problem we’ll eventually be left with will be devastating to for many years to come.”

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