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

When in the course of human events

By Mark Carpenter – 

When in the course of human events. With those seven words penned by Thomas Jefferson, the world changed forever, or as the British band played at Yorktown in 1781, “The World Turned Upside Down.” A group of brave and patriotic men, all with different opinions and serving different factions, had gathered in Philadelphia and after months of haggling, negotiating, and long, hot days and nights, produced a document that this country will spend this weekend and the early part of next week celebrating.
The Fourth of July, or Independence Day if you rather, is a day where America celebrates the beginnings of its birth of freedom. That document, the Declaration of Independence, gave cause and purpose to a group of rag-tag soldiers, who rallied behind Jefferson’s words to win an unwinnable war. Today, 241 years later, we still owe those Founding Fathers an unpayable debt.
Were the men who put together the Declaration perfect? No. The document was published with slavery still intact, a compromise that had to be made to put freedom from England at the forefront, while at the same time keeping millions of Americans in chains. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” It took another 89 years and another brutal war to make those words totally true.
Fifty-six men assigned their names to the Declaration, many of them familiar names in American history- Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, Hancock-and many of them names that most do not remember- Wilson, Hall, Bartlett, Hopkins, Rodney. If you are a sharp historian, you will know that the Declaration wasn’t actually signed by all 56 until August of 1776, and next Tuesday we celebrate the day that the Continental Congress, with every one of their lives at risk, officially adopted the document.
In a July 3, 1776 letter to his beloved wife Abigail, John Adams, one of the biggest proponents for independence in the Congress, penned these prophetic words describing how America would react when they heard of the Declaration- “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”
If Adams were alive today, he would see that his words came true, each and every year as we all will find a show in the next few days that will find us looking to the skies to see a lot of “bonfires and illuminations.” Adams’ fireworks have become the staple of Fourth of July celebrations and are the highlight of the holiday for everyone, except perhaps some babies and dogs.
One of my Fourth of July traditions is to always watch the 1972 movie version of the original Broadway show “1776.” I have seen the stage version and the movie version hundreds of times, and I encourage you to seek it out on a channel this weekend and watch yourself. You will see some familiar faces and though they may have stretched history just a bit for the stage, you will still learn the story of the struggle that resulted in a document that will live forever.
“We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”
Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

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