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SR 125 bridge construction nears completion

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The bridge on state Route 125 near Randall’s Run Road is expected to soon be open to traffic. The Ohio Department of Transportation said that they are planning to have the bridge open on Friday, Sept. 5.“They’re pouring the deck now,” Kathleen Fuller, Pyblic Information Officer for ODOT District 9 said. “Certain things have to be finished before the bridge can be opened to traffic. The deck, obviously, has to be done, but the guard rails have to be completed too.”ODOT expects to open the bridge once the deck and guard rails are complete. The stripping of the road and sealing and painting of the steel beams in the bridge can be worked on while the bridge is open to traffic.


Williams, Federer win W & S Open

After a week of record crowds, the 2014 Western & Southern Open tennis tournament came to a close on Aug. 17, with two familiar faces in the winner’s circles. The world’s number one female player, Serena Williams, lived up to that billing as champion on the women’s side while Roger Federer claimed a record sixth W & S Open title on the men’s side.“It is a great pleasure for us to host not only the best tennis players in the world, but some of the great...

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Decatur Post Office meeting to be held

The postal town meeting for Decatur has been set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 in the gym of the Decatur Community Center, located on state Route 125.This meeting is open to the public and all those concerned with the fate of this US Post Office are encouraged to attend.

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Hopewell site deserves UNESCO nomination

To the Editor:The UNESCO World Heritage Site program is considering three historic sites in southern Ohio for designation as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These sites are Fort Ancient, the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park and the Newark Earthworks.Within the tourism industry, recognition as a World Heritage Site is the equivalent of winning four stars for a restaurant or an Olympic gold medal for an athlete. Having the Hopewell sites listed would...

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A surprise in the leaves

As I finished up weeding the hillside next to the house last week I was surprised by something moving in the leaves of the groundcover. I was relieved to find a most unusual insect – a walkingstick! I had just been talking to someone about not seeing any Praying mantis or Katydids so far this summer and then this little walking stick appears.

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Drug bust leads to high speed chase

The Winchester Police Department wrapped up a drug investigation in an unusual manner on Tuesday, August 18. Two individuals were arrested for trafficking in crack cocaine after a high speed chase down county roads.Winchester Police established a sting operation, attempting to purchase one ounce of crack cocaine. When the sellers arrived to make the deal, Winchester Police Chief David Benjamin was waiting.

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Dragons take back County Cup

After one year nestled in the trophy case at North Adams High School, the Adams County Cup has made its way back to West Union High School. The cup, the trophy given each year to the team that wins the county boys golf tournament, is going back to West Union after the Dragons rolled to a 34-stroke victory in the 2014 tourney, held at Hilltop Golf Course on Aug. 13.

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An evening with Maria

What an exciting and exhausting and exciting week it was for me. From getting my son into his PSO college classes, to being stage side for my favorite band of all-time, to sitting court side with my camera at the Western & Southern Open. I’m typing this column on Tuesday and I still haven’t totally recovered.

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Lady Devils drop season opener

It was the first foray into regular season play on Saturday, Aug. 16 for Coach Dave D’Avignon and his North Adams Lady Devils varsity soccer squad as they ventured into Clermont County to provide the competition for the Bethel-Tate Lady Tigers. Unfortunately for the local girls, it wasn’t a fruitful trip as the Lady Tigers came from behind and handed their visitors a 3-1 defeat.Offense will be a strength of the Lady Devils in 2014 but on Saturday they were contained to ...

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Backups struggle, Bengals fall to Jets

For Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton and the first teamers on offense and defense, it was nearly a perfect night as the Bengals played host to the New York Jets on Aug. 16 in their second exhibition game of 2014. Unfortunately, when Dalton’s gang exited the game so did any perfection as the team’s backups, fighting for roster spots, turned in a dismal performance. A 17-3 lead achieved by the number 1’s dissolved into a 25-17 defeat to a feisty group from the Big Apple....

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West Union wins tri-match

Fresh off their win in the 2014 Adams County Cup, the West Union Dragons golf squad was right back in action the next two days, competing in the Portsmouth Invitational on Aug. 14 and hosting a tri-match at the Adams County Country Club the next day.

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Racing heats up, season winds down

Overcast conditions gave way to a tacky and fast race track at Brushcreek Motorsports Complex last Saturday night, Aug. 16. It was the final race before local schools got started and families came out to see a good night of racing action as the 2014 season winds down.The first cars on the track were the 4-cylinder Crazy Compacts. Keith Anderson picked up the easy win. Meanwhile, Kevin Howell of West Union and Tommy Stout, Jr. of Peebles battled it out for second place. Howell looke...

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5K Run/Walk held for good cause

Over 100 runners and walkers gathered on the riverbank in Manchester on Aug. 2, all for a good cause. They were there to participate in the “This Run’s for Sam” 5K Run/Walk, held as a part of the village’s River Days celebration. The race was organized to benefit Manchester resident Samantha Boling and her family as they continue Samantha’s brave battle against Cystic Fibrosis.Samantha is still in urgent need of a double lung transplant, ” new br...

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Lady Devils golfers go 2-0

Coach Rachel Herman and her North Adams Lady Devils golf squad remained perfect on the season at two wins in two outings as they grabbed another victory at the Adams County Country Club on Aug. 15. On the course with the Lady Devils were girls golf squads from West Union, Fairfield, and Peebles, with the Lady Devils coming out on top with an impressive team score of 198, 18 strokes better than second place West Union.Fairfield finished third at 228 and Peebles only had three girls ...

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WU Football schedules released

The 2014 West Union football program has released their schedules from the varsity level all the way down to the elementary as the Dragons prepare for another season of growth and building. Though not yet an officially sanctioned Ohio High School Athletic Association program, the Dragons have some big numbers at the high school level and are looking forward to their first pre-season game and it is a big one, the county battle on Friday night in Manchester.“It’s going to...

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Wells is new SSCC Athletic Director

Matt Wells, head coach of the Southern State Community College’s women’s basketball team, has been selected to serve as the college’s new Athletic Director.“We are proud to welcome Matt in his new role for Southern State athletics,” said James Bland, SSCC Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. “Matt’s background and accomplishments in coaching demonstrate his strong leadership abilities and his commitment to helping st...

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Still rockin’ after 47 years

It was a trip back in time for nearly 10,000 music fans packed into the Riverbend Music Center on Wednesday night, there to see and hear the music of two bands who have stood the test of time as well as any. REO Speedwagon and Chicago are spending the summer of 2014 touring together and for those in attendance on Wednesday, it was money well spent.The two groups made their names with hit after hit in the 70s and 80s but their show on Wednesday proved that they have not skipped a be...

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Did Bigfoot take the port-a-let?

Really haven’t had much time lately to write a column. You know I have been chasing Bigfoot and all…That really was an interesting program the Brown County Public Library put on at the Gaslight Theater. Just shy of 200 people showed up to hear all about the hairy, smelly creature.There’s a story in the Thursday News Democrat if you want to read about what happened.I know, you want to know what I think about Bigfoot.Well, I...

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