Junior Fair BBQ again a big success Beulah B James Senior Profile: Josie Myers Lady Indians place second at Ohio Classic in Hillsboro MVCA dominates Greyhounds in 45-0 triumph For Lady Devils, SHAC streak goes to 55 matches 9/11: Sixteen years later Gertrude Gibson Defender Bowl coming Sept. 16 Joyce A Walker Virginia R Young Senior Profile: Abby Campton West Union hosts 2017 Dragon Run New gridiron history begins for Peebles Trout, fire, and blueberry fields forever Senior Profile: Baylee Justice Lady Devils win SHAC thriller at Eastern Brown From Blue Creek to the Beaneaters Tough loss for Greyhounds in season opener Turning tragedy into hope What we learn from failure Absolutely had to get the wrinkles out Frances S Kidder Leo Trotter 41st Bentonville Festival set to begin Sept. 8 Winchester celebrates its history during three-day street fair Cruisefest returning to streets of Peebles Blue Creek- a community in transition honors its history and heritage Cuteness Galore – Winchester Homecoming Festival Baby Show Ronnie L Day Cast your vote for the Adams County Fairgrounds Nelson E Atkinson Ryan L Colvin Richard Tackett William L Tadlock Penny Pollard Wendell Beasley West Union soccer drops pair at Mason County Lady Indians go down in straight sets Senior Profile: Michael Gill Senior Profile: Katie Sandlin Royals dominate in big win over North Adams Dragons continue County Cup domination Archaeology Day returns to Serpent Mound Hourglass Quilt Square is back up again Manchester family hosts International Guests History, farming, and family- the bedrock of Cherry Fork’s community Bus drivers, emergency responders prepare for coming school year Working up a real good sweat What’s behind the motive? Rondal R Bailey Jr Thelma J Yates She’s all grown up now Scott A Yeager Soccer talent on display at 2017 SHAC preview Baseball community mourns the loss of Gene Bennett Winchester Homecoming Festival is Aug 25-27 Eleanor P Tumbleson Felicity man killed in Ohio River boating accident WUHS golfers take Portsmouth Invitational It was pretty cold that day Volleyball kicks off with SHAC Preview Night Young awarded Women’s Western Golf Foundation Scholarship One Mistake Senator Portman visits GE Test Facility in Peebles Adams County school districts facing some major challenges for the coming year Family, friends, and roots: the ties that bind residents of one Adams County village What is your strength? Just the chance to take a look back Ronnie L Wolford Dale J Marshall Herbert Purvis Great American Solar Eclipse coming Aug. 21 BREAKING NEWS: West Union wins fifth consecutive County Cup Wallace B Boden John L Fletcher Lady Indians golfers learning the links North Adams, West Union golfers open 2017 seasons This Labor Day, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Blanton announces candicacy for Court of Appeals Local student attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders MHS welcomes new principal Made in America When it feels like you’re spinning plates Bonfires and “building” a farm Lady Devils looking to take that next step 50 years of Bengal memories Ag Society delivers donation to Dragonfly Foundation Young Memorial Scholarship awarded to a pair of local seniors ‘Musical passion is in his blood’ Naylor named NAHS Principal Boldman retiring after 17 years as Homeless Shelter director Manchester concludes another River Days celebration Drug Treatment vs. Prison James R Brown Bobby Lawler Jr Adams County man charged with killing estranged girlfriend Lexie N Hopkins Volleyball, soccer previews coming this weekend Michael A Cheek

Maybe somebody on the river does have a plan

By Mark Carpenter – 

Hold the presses! As I write this column on a Monday morning, the Cincinnati Reds are tied for first place with the World Champion Chicago Cubs in the National League Central. Let me repeat that, tied for first place. OK,it is only a small sample size of six games and by the time you read this it may have changed but for now, Reds fans are basking in the glow of beating the dastardly Cardinals two of three over the weekend.
All through the offseason, fans questioned the Reds’ “rebuild” plan, wondering when the trading off of many of their high-priced stars was going to start paying off. Fans were frustrated by the lack of progress shown by the young players acquired in those trades, but after one week of the 2017 season, some of the optimism is back.
Most fans did not expect four wins in the first six games, and perhaps the biggest surprise has been the dominant performance of the Reds’ bullpen, who as you all know set all kinds of dubious records of futility last season. Manager Bryan Price may be feeling a little “Piniella-like” with the back end of his pen shaping up to be one of the team’s big strengths, with some combination of Lorenzen, Iglesias, Wood, and Cingrani, looking like the Nasty Boys of old. Other than a couple of hiccups, the starting pitching has been solid,with rookie Amir Garrett looking like a seasoned veteran in blanking the Cardinals and Scott Feldman getting a nice bounce-back start after a rough Opening Day outing.
For those of you who haven’t figured it out, Bronson Arroyo is probably just a stop-gap until some of the young pitchers in Louisville get more seasoning and get enough days for the Reds to gain that extra year of control. (That worked out pretty well for the Cubs and some kid named Kris Bryant). Look for the name Sal Romano to be part of the big-league rotation sooner than later.
At the plate, the Reds have hit at least one home run in each of their first six games, with Zach Cozart hitting a robust .450, which may unfortunately be an audition for a mid-season trade. Adam Duvall is trying to prove that last year was no fluke and if Billy Hamilton hits .286 all year, the offense will be in good shape.
So, perhaps the “rebuild” plan for the Reds has some merit after all. At least the first week has been fun to watch and as always, fireworks and bobbleheads will always fill the seats. May I add here also that it is a travesty that television money has three games being played to open the season on Monday, taking away the traditional opener that belonged to the Reds. Money > History, but no one in baseball does Opening Day like Cincinnati.
While it seems the Reds plan has worked thus far, the residents to their west seem to be trying to come up with some plan of their own with the NFL Draft just two weeks away. The losses for the Bengals have added up in the offseason and fans are really wondering how the draft will go and if the team has any more free agent signings up their sleeve.
Maybe the Bengals are going for that “rebuild” mode too but it is safe to say that Who-Dey faithful won’t be quite as patient as their neighbors. We’ll know more in a few weeks.
For now, rejoice in the fact that the temperature outside seems to be rising and that means baseball, baseball, and more baseball. That’s good with me.

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