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

A servant’s hands

By Denae Jones – 

I was sitting on the back deck with my laptop the other day, working on an article. My six year old walked over and sat on my lap, so I started scratching her back and typing at the same time. She said, “How do your hands do so many things at once?” Then she started listing the things she has seen my hands do. She said, “They always hold my hand. They color with me. They drive the four-wheeler. They toss ball with us. They hold me in church. They pray with me at night. They fix my hair….” As her list got longer, my eyes got teary. My little girl was observing all of the ways my hands had touched her heart. Nowhere in her list did she mention that my hands did practical things like cleaning the house, or pulling weeds, or mowing the grass. Not the things I had to do. She noticed the things I chose to do. The things that will make a difference many years from now.
As her list kept growing, it got me thinking about how many different hats most of us wear. We all have different networks of colleagues, acquaintances, community, family and friends. It’s really nice when the stars align and the core values of each of those things have common ground. I’m fortunate that the people that I work with are my friends, and the businesses I work for (Community Savings Bank and Money Concepts) are great servants of the community. I know I’m in the right place when I can look around and see solid, humble evidence of where the hands of our bank have been. In the schools, churches, community picnics, parades, ball fields, festivals, marathons, scholarships, and quite literally getting their hands in the dirt at a horse farm they donated to serve our community. I see evidence that they’ve not just been doing the things they have to do, but going above and beyond to do the extra things that they have chosen to do to help others.
At a conference a few weeks ago, Denis Walsh, CEO of Money Concepts, spoke about authentic leadership. He said there are four categorical truths. 1. Every child is deserving of love and respect. 2. We are all children of God, so every grown person still deserves love and respect. 3. Every engagement with another person can be a sacred event if we take time to recognize the divinity and integrity in one another. 4. We are here to add value to others.
He went on to say that we should be kind to ourselves, impeccable with our words, careful not to judge, and to be authentic as we love and serve other people. He was speaking of both business and of life. Money Concepts is one of America’s fastest growing private companies for a reason. Whether in business or outreach, they put others first. Their reps support charitable events across the country and the globe, not for recognition, but because it’s the right thing to do. There is evidence of their hands serving countless people. I am thankful for both of my workplaces for setting a great example for others to follow. Although they are in the business of finance, they know that a person’s self-worth is not based on their net-worth. Some things are just worth believing in.
The day that my daughter sat in my lap naming all of the good things my hands have done for her, I went to bed wondering if my networks of colleagues, acquaintances, community, family and friends could say I’ve done the same for them? Have I reached out to help before anyone had to ask? Used my hands to comfort, teach, praise, and labor? Have I used the gifts I have been given to serve others? Have I recognized the integrity in those I speak with? Is there evidence that my hands have chosen to go above and beyond? Have yours?
This week I challenge you to think about what you do now, or what you could do better to serve other people. What kind of list could others make of your hands reaching out? Not just the practical things. The things that will make a difference many years from now. The things that touch someone’s heart.
Have a blessed week, friends!

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