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Gas pocket ignites, closing 41

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Emergency services responded to reports of a gas explosion and fire just south of the State Route 41 and State Route 136 junction near Roy Pence Road north of Bentonville on Friday, Sept. 19 at 12:30 p.m.State Route 41 was closed by crews for over three hours, allowing southbound traffic access to State Route 136, but northbound traffic had to find alternative routes around.Workers were drilling a geothermal well at a private residence, when the drill struck a natural gas pocket. Normally the pocket vents without difficulty, but somehow the pocket ignited.One of the workers was flown by Air Evac off of the scene. He is reported as doing fine and was transported as a precaution.


Lady Dragons down Fairfield

Holding serve on their home court, the West Union Lady Dragons upped their record to the .500 mark for the season on Sept. 16 as they knocked off the visiting Fairfield Lady Lions in four sets, 25-11, 22-25, 25-22, and 25-18.The win improved West Union to 6-6 overall on the year, but more importantly saw them move their record in the Southern Hills Athletic Conference to an impressive 5-2.The Lady Dragons struggled early in the first set, then righted the ship, and took ...

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SHAC Golf completes Round 3

Round Three of the 2014 Southern Hills Athletic Conference boys golf tournament is in the books and with nine holes left to go, the West Union Dragons are still in the driver’s seat to win their 11th SHAC title in the past 12 years. Round three was played at Whiteoak Golf Course, the home course of the Lynchburg Mustangs, and the Mustangs made some advances but the Dragons still sit with a very comfortable 21-stroke lead going into the final round, which was played on Sept. 18 at Hillto...

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The outhouse was in centerfield

Right after I started editing the paper in West Union I received an email from a reader of the People’s Defender. He said, “loved reading your column about getting lost in Shawnee State Forest. Brought back many memories since I was there with you!”Randy told me he has read the People’s Defender for many years to keep up on news back home. I had literally not heard from Randy Russell since high school, so it was great to get email from him....

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Lady Dragons fall to Mason County

West Union’s Ashley Ross goes airborne to try and block this Mason County kick in action from Sept. 16 at West Union High School. Though they played solidly for most of the game, the Lady Dragons dropped a 7-0 decision to the visiting Lady Royals.

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Local runners compete in Kentucky

Cross-country runners from three county schools made the bus trip across the border last Saturday, Sept. 14, to compete in the Mason County Invitational held at the Carmeuse Complex in Maysville. A huge field of runners from all over the Bluegrass state greeted the Ohio crew, making it a field of tough competition all the way around.Though the numbers may not seem to reflect it, the county runners held their own against some of the best that eastern Kentucky had to offer. No less t...

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Ensuring clean Drinking water for Ohio communities

Earlier this month, I visited Put-in-Bay to tour The Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory. I met with Stone Lab scientists and accompanied them as they collected water samples of Lake Erie to better understand the rise in toxic algal blooms.A high level of phosphorous in the lake is a contributing factor to the algal blooms, and I’ve recently announced funds to help farmers implement conservation practices that reduce phosphorous runoff into the lake. But we must ad...

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Not a stamp too late!

One hundred years ago, Americans across the eastern United States could have looked up into the sky and seen it filled with passenger pigeons. Their flocks numbered in the billions and could turn day into night. Now they are extinct, the victim of overhunting and habitat destruction. The loss of this species is one of the greatest examples of what can happen if we are not committed to conserving our wildlife. We must learn from their example, and work to ensure that species such as the Africa...

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Try taking a walk in their shoes

I’m a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it’s a tougher road today.The minimum wage buys fewer necessities now than it did when I needed it to survive. And as a successful capitalist, it pains me to see that the American Dream, which so inspired me, is increasingly out of reach.As a young boy, I knew all too well the despair of empty pockets. I learned to be resourceful, making money by selling...

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Watch for deer

As the leaves change from green to red, orange, brown, and yellow and the wind gits a bit nippier, deer season approaches. The mating season for deer runs from October through January, which is when their activity is at its highest. It’s also the time of year that the number of deer-related automobile accidents reaches its peak, with November being the worst month.The state of Ohio’s largest automobile insurer, State Farm Insurance, said the odds of striking a deer have...

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Dryden’s Den: Week 3 NFL Picks

Another week of upsets leaves some Super Bowl contenders at 0-2. The Colts and Saints in particular are major surprises. The odds are against them but both have the talent to still make the playoffs. Certainly parity has resulted in my worst start ever in the fickle world of prognostication. Onward we go to week three:Last Week: 7-9 Overall: 16-16Thursday: Tampa Bay at Atlanta - The Bucs are a solid defensive team but will have a major test against an angry bunch of bird...

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Dead shark found in Ohio River

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.Manchester resident John Bays planned to collect fresh bait so he could fish for hybrid bass at the Manchester boat launch at Island Creek Campground on the morning of Friday, Sept. 12. He found more than bait.A shark measuring two-feet, nine-inches was floating along the shore. Bays stated that he thought it had been killed after being struck by a boat prop.Originally the shark was identified as a bull...

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Get in on the fun, get a libary card

What’s the best way to prepare children for a new school year? Make sure they have a library card! A library card gives students and adults access to e-books, online homework help, and other tools they need to succeed. A library card is your free passport to borrow thousands of books, movies, audio books, and CDs, access resources like Chilton Auto Repair and, and download ebooks from Your local library offers public computers and wireless Internet access. S...

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New Educational Program offered at Serpent Mound

Serpent Mound located in Peebles is the world’s largest surviving example of an ancient animal effigy mound, stretching 1,348 feet over the ground.Serpent Mound has been in Elementary School curriculum in Social Studies education. Yet over the years, Serpent Mound has seen a drop in school field trips. The staff at Serpent Mound have decided it is time to make a change, and are developing a new educational school field trip experience that we are offering to local county and ...

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New paving method planned for Cedar Mills Road

On Wednesday, Sept. 24, the first phase of the Cedar Mills Road Project will get underway. For the first phase, crews from the Gallagher Asphalt Company are scheduled to begin Hot-In-Place recycling of the asphalt. This portion of the project is expected to take four to five days to perform.Hot-In-Place recycling is a lower cost maintenance strategy that yields the same benefits as traditional resurfacing using existing materials.

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Accident results in injuries

A single vehicle accident that resulted in life-threatening injuries occurred on Saturday, Sept.13 at approximately 3:20 p.m. on state Route 247 south of Coleman Grooms Road.Matthew J. Podiak, 25, of West Union was heading northbound in a black, 1999 Honda Civic, when he lost control of the vehicle and drove off the left side of the highway. Podiak struck two trees before driving over an embankment and overturning his vehicle onto its top.

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Student recognized for national achievement

The Adams County Ohio Valley School District Board of Education met on Thursday, Sept. 11 for a regular board meeting.The dates for graduation were approved by the board, and they are not during Memorial Day weekend this year. West Union High School will hold graduation on May 15 at 7 p.m., North Adams High School will be on May 16 at 1:30 p.m., and Peebles High School will be May 17 at 2 p.m.

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Burke crowned OTD Queen

The Peebles Old Timers’ Days saw another successful year with great numbers. The four-day event, running from Sept.11 to 14, was packed with entertainment and festivities along Main Street in Peebles.According to Marie Palmer, festival chair, the cold weather over the weekend didn’t have much of an effect on attendance.“In the evenings it caused things to thin out a bit, and people wanted to be up and moving around, so there weren’t many people si...

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