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Blue Creek celebrates Cowboy Copas Day

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The Adams County Board of Commissioners declared Saturday, Aug. 23 would be Cowboy Copas Day in Adams County. The date, Aug. 23, fell on Saturday this year, and the Adams County Historical Society held the sixth annual Cowboy Copas Concert that evening.Hot dogs, baked goods, and drinks were on sale for refreshments as people socialized before the concert got underway. Once the crowd had satisfied its hunger, the President of the Adams County Historical Society took the stage to welcome everyone to the event.


County Highway Dept. awarded John Deere Gator

The Adams County Highway Department has a new addition to the vehicles in the county garage. The Chevron Corporation through Glockner Oil Company has donated a John Deere Gator RSX850i with a blue print job rather than the traditional John Deere green.Every year the Chevron Corporation awards useful tools to clients by a random drawing. Glockner Oil Company is a first source marketer with Chevron with locations in Piketon, Cincinnati, and Columbus. The actual item that is awarded c...

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Accident along SR 125 detour

State Route 348 and Randalls’ Run Road have seen their share of accidents from the increase in traffic coming through the detour for state Route 125. One more can be added to the list, before state Route 125 reopens in early September.On Thursday, August 28 at 11 a.m., Brett Crothers, 29, of Piketon, attempted to turn left from Compton Hill Road onto state Route 348 in his maroon, 1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass registered in Peebles. He failed to yield the right of way to Roger That...

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Peebles Fire Dept. purchases new extrication tools

The Peebles Volunteer Fire Department Incorporated has purchased a new set of extrication tools to be used to access damaged vehicles and other similar circumstances where victims are trapped.“The tools we were using were 1997 models,” Chief Mike Estep said. “It’s not that they’re old - they still work fine, but they’re obselete. Cars are built with newer metal that the old tools have a hard time cutting.”The $19,000 Halmatro Ext...

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Wilson Sroufe VFW to hold car show in Mt. Orab

Wilson Sroufe VFW Post 9772, of Mount Orab, will hold its first Car Show on Sunday, Sept. 7, at the Mount Orab Park. Registration will begin 9 a.m., judging starts 12:30pm and awards will be presented at 4 p.m. Top 20 trophies, Best Ford, GM, Chrysler, Rat Rod and Foreign Tuner and Military will be presented as well a Veterans Favorite Trophy. The entry fee for participants is $10. There will also be door prizes, split the pot, vendors and a DJ playing music.The post appreciates th...

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MLSD holds grand opening of Valley View Health Center

The much anticipated Valley View School-Based Health Center held its grand opening on Friday, Aug. 22. Numerous dignitaries were present to speak and mingle as the ribbon was cut.Interact for Health, formerly the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati; Pike County Community Action Committee; US Representative Brad Wenstrup; The Ohio State Board of Education; and the Manchester School Board were all represented at the grand opening.Superintendent Craig Hockenberry served...

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About the Toledo water crisis

Over the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity to travel across our state and meet with Ohioans from all walks of life, from veterans to teachers to business owners, workers, farmers and families. They told me about the problems they are facing in their lives and what Washington can do to help. And while I was happy to see how much progress we are making in the Buckeye State, it was also apparent to me that the federal government isn’t living up to its responsibilities—either...

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Hounds roll in final tuneup

Last Friday night, Aug. 22, was certainly one of the most anticipated sports nights that Adams County had seen in quite some time. For the first time in 35 years, two varsity football squads from West Union and Manchester met on the gridiron and although the game was just an exhibition, an OHSAA Foundation Game, the atmosphere was still electric, with a crowd estimated at over 800 people filling the bleachers and the hill overlooking Greyhound Stadium to be part of this historic event.

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35 years of waiting

Friday, October 26, 1979. Do you remember where you were on that date? Myself, I was a nerdy college student likely sitting in the university’s science hall watching the Friday night movie. Many of you were gathered in Manchester that evening, watching a football game between the home Greyhounds and the visiting West Union Dragons. Little did you know that it would be 35 years until you could gather in Manchester again to see those two schools pit their varsity football teams against ea...

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Peebles tops West Union 4-1

It was an early all-county match up plus an early Southern Hills Athletic Conference match up on Aug. 20 when the West Union Dragons boys soccer squad traveled up Route 41 to face off with the host Peebles Indians. It was the first outing of the season for new West Union head coach Kevin Hunter and the Dragons while the Indians were coming off a very tough 3-2 loss on the road the previous evening at Lucasville Valley.

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SPORTS EDITOR’S NOTE: Each week, The People’s Defender will profile an Adams County senior student/athlete so our community and readers can get to know better these outstanding young people who participate both in athletics and academics in their high school.Name: Jessica SheltonSchool: Peebles High SchoolParents: Tammy SheltonSports played in High School: Basketball, Soccer, Softball.Favorite Sport: Soccer.Favorite...

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Manchester rules at Fayetteville Invite

Picking up right where they left off last fall, the Manchester High School and Junior High cross-country teams, affectionately known as the “Dog Pack”, turned in an impressive performance in their first outings of the 2014 campaign. Battling hornets and heat, the teams traveled to Chatfield College to compete in the 2014 Fayetteville Invitational and came back to Adams County with quite a bit of hardware.In the high school races, both the Manchester boys and girls captu...

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Kickoff Classic is a success

After the high school squads finished up their pre-seasons on Friday night, it was time for the younger gridiron stars to take the field on Saturday in the final tuneup for their regular seasons. The growing football program at North Adams hosted the “2014 Kickoff Classic” on Aug. 23, giving fans a chance to see some of the up and coming football talent that this area has to offer.“The day was a huge success,” said Justin Schmitz, one of the North Adams coac...

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Lady Devils golfers go 4-0

It was another winning outing on Friday, Aug. 22 for the North Adams Lady Devils golf squad, who have yet to taste defeat in the 2014 season, improving their overall mark to 4-0 with a 22-stroke victory in a tri-match at the Adams County Country Club, playing around a torrential downpour that struck midway through the match.

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Lady Indians fall in four sets

Coming off a tough four set victory over Lucasville Valley on the previous night, the Peebles Lady Indians circled the wagons and were back at home again on Thursday, Aug. 21 to battle another group of Lady Indians, these from Western Latham High School. Because of the unavailability of the Peebles High School gymnasium, this match was played in the Peebles Elementary gym and it was the visiting Lady Indians who rode home with the win, taking the match in four sets, 28-26, 25-16, 15-25, and 2...

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Lady Devils, Alexander tie 1-1

Girls soccer at Albany Alexander on Aug. 23 was a rematch of an opening round tournament game from last fall as the North Adams Lady Devils faced off with the Alexander Lady Spartans from the Tri-Valley Conference. Last season, it was the Lady Devils moving on in tourney play as they edged Alexander in a hard-fought game 1-0. The Lady Spartans were certainly looking for revenge but it would turn out to be a numb revenge on Saturday as the two teams battled to a 1-1 tie.

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Drama at Brushcreek

As the summer comes to a close the Brushcreek Motorsports Complex located just outside Peebles hosted one final event of the regular racing season on Aug. 23. The day was humid and hot and crews had to earn the wins this week as just preparing the cars in the heat was a tall task. Drivers readied as the sun began to set behind the hills. Not only was the air hot, but so was the action on the track as the first races began.

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Dryden’s Den: The playoff has arrived

The long awaited college football playoff is finally here. Although a four team system isn’t what most fans want, it is certainly an improvement. Why didn’t the powers that be simply install an eight team playoff? It’s the NCAA - no further clarification needed.The Heisman Trophy race, as always, will be a thrilling race. This season will feature another youngster, Jameis Winston, who has a legitimate chance at winning his second Heisman. Ohio State quarterback Br...

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