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 North Adams hosts Youth Volleyball Camp Time to get “Stroke Savvy” OVCTC, GE host Community Service Day 65 years in the pulpit Jamison, Richmond, Minshew conquer second race of 2017 Brushcreek season Manchester’s Cox signs with Rio basketball program Senior Profile: Andrew Weeks A dozen SHAC champions Thomas D Lute Sandra F Schwab Turning something broken into something beautiful Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide One dead, two injured in ATV accident 2017 Graduation Ceremonies West Union Alumni and Friends Educational Fund announces 2017 Scholarship Awards TAG students tour Pennsylvania Commissioners proclaim Older Americans Month Building an anti-drug culture one t-shirt at a time SECTIONAL CHAMPIONS NAES students awarded Science Camp scholarships SSCC’s Associate Degree Nursing program celebrates graduation Bauman selected to National 4-H Congress Lois Pertuset Hazel Nixon Philip L Paeltz Manchester Youth Volleyball Camp begins May 30 Jase Thatcher Figgins’ walk-off winner sends North Adams to Division III sectional finals Lady Hounds top East 10-3 in sectional opener Commissioner Pell, union reps travel to DC Forgotten experience brings back good memories for WUHS seniors Gordon Boldman Local teen injured in jeep accident BCI Investigation underway Rick Arnold Happy Mother’s Day- Do you want food? Robert Hodge Melvin Tipton Lady Dragons Basketball Camp begins May 22 Lady Devils Basketball Camp is May 30-June 1 National Day of Prayer celebrated in county NAES students enjoy day at GABP Car strikes Amish buggy near Winchester Eldon J Shoenleben Farming out life lessons to children and parents Proposed Medicaid changes could cost Adams County millions Annual ‘Redneck Run” returns to Manchester May 13 They really were the best of times West Union hosts Junior High, High School County Track Meets Figgins signs with SSCC Soccer Perfect again! Senior Profile: Caley Grooms James T Hughes Anderson signs with Rio Grande Basketball Senior Profile: Miranda Schiltz Playing for Dad, Part II Lady Indians win SHAC Big School title Danny Bryant Sadie Stamm Franklin E Brayfield Softball, baseball tourney match ups announced Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall coming to Georgetown next week Southern Ohio Genealogical Society offers program on ‘Family History Sources at the Ohio History Center’ Joseph A Johnson Jr Kramer tosses two shutouts in five days Trip to Akron = two more wins for Lady Indians softball Devils blank Dragons in non-conference battle Meade twins part of Rio baseball program Playing for Dad Senior Profile: Madison Welch As Mr. Seas It, for ACOVSD High School graduates We stayed up all night with Bob Clean up of Manchester’s abandoned gas stations continues Ribbon cutting held for canoe/kayak access sites Columbus Industries donates driveway repair to Animal Shelter North Adams Elementary recognizes March Students of the Month Animal Shelter Adoption Center announces new hours of operation Major road construction planned for summer months West Union Elementary honors March Students of the Month Charles D Jordan Betty Ginn Pamela M Hampton Former county sheriff celebrates 80th birthday

Commissioners meet in Columbus with DP&L CEO Tom Raga

Adams County Commissioners Brian Baldridge, Diane Ward, and Ty Pell met on Feb. 22 with the CEO of Dayton Power and Light to discuss all of the ramifications of the company closing two local power plants.

Looking for answers, Commissioners put county’s concerns front and center at statehouse meeting –

By Patricia Beech –

Adams County Commissioners Brian Baldridge, Diane Ward, and Ty Pell met on Wednesday, Feb. 22 with DP&L Chief Executive Officer Tom Raga and state leaders to discuss the closing of the Killen and J.M. Stuart Plants. The commissioners were joined by Adams County Economic Development Director Holly Johnson and Prosecuting Attorney David Kelley.
“We asked for this meeting so we could express our deep concerns about the plant closings in our county,” the Commissioners said in a joint statement released to The Defender. “We made an impassioned plea to those in attendance to make changes to the current planned closings to protect the thousands of Adams County families who will be hurt by this action.”
The plants, which employ approximately 700 local people, are slated for closure in June 2018 if the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) approves DP&L’s Electric Security Plan.
The Commissioners said they will continue to push for every available solution to change the timetable of the closings and find alternate job sources for those who are affected.
In addition to the loss of 700 jobs, the county stands to lose over $8 million dollars in tax revenue and the Manchester School District will see their yearly budget cut by nearly 55% when the two coal-fired plants are shuttered.
“We understand the worries and fears of our friends, families, and neighbors who will be affected by the plant closings,” the Commissioners said.  “We won’t rest until we can address and hopefully resolve these concerns.”
The Commissioners said they discussed not only the economic impact of the closures, but also the plants’ progress through decommissioning, remediation, and redevelopment.
A lack of information concerning DP&L’s plans for clean-up at the site has led to worries that the county could be left with a “brownfield”, a term used to describe land which was previously used for industrial or commercial purposes that is now contaminated with toxins and poisons.
According to the EPA, there are more than 450,000 “brownfields across the U.S. because there are no legal requirements for demolishing old power plants. Companies typically choose not to spend significant money to decommission them. Across America, retired generating plants have been left abandoned for years or decades, and their capped ash ponds frequently create environmental disasters for local communities. The cost of clean up for those communities runs in the tens of millions of dollars.
The Sierra Club, a principal player in the move away from coal, contends that people living within one mile of unlined coal ash ponds can have a 1 in 50 risk of cancer—more than 2,000 times higher than what the EPA considers acceptable.
Coal ash contains arsenic, lead, mercury, and selenium, as well as aluminum, barium, boron, and chlorine. All can be toxic, and all can be found in the ash ponds of retired coal-fired power plants.
Ash ponds fall into a dangerous regulatory gap since Ohio has no laws designating companies to be financially responsible for covering all the costs of closing and maintaining their toxic ponds.

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