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Archbishop visits Adams County

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The Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati visited Adams County on Friday, Sept. 5 to hold a special mass on a local farm.Congregants from parishes in neighboring counties, including St. Michael in Ripley and St. George in Georgetown, attended the service at the farm of a parishioner from Holy Trinity in West Union. Archbishop Schnurr was joined by priests from the Saint Martin Deanery, including Father Theodore Kosse and Father Bedel, former and current priests of Holy Trinity Church.


MLSD discusses properties with mayor

The Manchester Local School District Board of Education met for a regular meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 10 in the Round Room at Manchester High School.The majority of the meeting, as it usually is in the first part of the school year, was focused on staffing. No new full-time teachers were hired; however, six substitutes were approved, including Matthew Orin, Beverley Tadlock, Rhonda Bailey, LaShonda Owens, Margaret Morrison, and Alvette Spriggs.Additionally, all MLSD tea...

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Opinion Page SubmissionsThis newspaper welcomes letters to the editor and guest columns from area readers. Letters should be about current issues of general interest and should maintain a degree of civility and good taste. Letters that are potentially libelous will not be published.Letters are subject to editing for length, grammar, accuracy and clarity. Letters should be no more than 400 words and have the Letter writer’s signature. A daytime phone number should a...

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Lima prison break examined

LIMA — The intense manhunt for two inmates who escaped the Oakwood prison Thursday evening began seconds after they scaled the first security fence, setting off an alarm.At 7:38 p.m., three inmates climbed two security fences nearly 15 feet tall and topped with razor wire. They used crates to create a makeshift ladder. One inmate, Lindsey Bruce, a convicted murderer of a 5-year-old girl from near Columbus, was tackled by two correctional officers on the other side of the seco...

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Rep. Wenstrup visits county

Congressman Brad Wenstrup visited Adams County last Tuesday, Sept. 2 for a talk with local veterans to hear their concerns and answer any questions about Veterans Affairs healthcare. This session was one of many that Wenstrup has hosted around Ohio’s Second Congressional District.During the meeting, Wenstrup discussed what Congress has done recently to ensure a more efficient and accountable VA. One of the key actions was the passing of House Resolution 3230, the Veterans Ac...

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Yost: Proposed GASB rule wrong for Ohio

Ohio’s state auditor says that an additional reporting requirement for local governments to add future healthcare liabilities to their annual reports “would inaccurately state the position of the government and would be misleading.”Dave Yost traveled to Chicago on Thursday to testify before the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) in opposition to a proposal that would require local governments to begin reporting future healthcare liabilities for public em...

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North Adams blanks Peebles 4-0

After falling to the Peebles Indians in a 1-0 heart breaker on Aug. 29, the North Adams boys soccer team was looking for a bit of revenge on Monday, Sept. 8, as they hosted the Indians on their home field in Seaman. This time the tables were turned as the Green Devils exacted their revenge, shutting out the Indians by a final score of 4-0.The contest was a tight defensive affair for the first 34 minutes of play on Monday, with both teams having plenty of touches and opportunities, ...

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Lady Devils get fourth win

It was a girls county soccer battle on the field at North Adams High School on Sept. 8 as the Lady Devils welcomed to town the Peebles Lady Indians in a rematch of an Aug. 29 game won by the North Adams girls. The result was no different this time as the Lady Devils scored two goals in each half and behind the goalkeeping work of Madee Shipley and Tailor Mathews, defeated the Lady Indians by a final score of 4-0.The scoring for the home team began early as less than two minutes int...

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WUHS hosts 2014 Dragon Run

After one cancellation because of the resurfacing of the track at West Union High School, the 2014 Dragon Run cross-country meet was held on Sept. 9. The work on the track had still not been completed by Tuesday but the race went on as planned, even though the course had to be plotted out totally different than what most of the runners and spectators ewre accustomed to.Three county teams made up the field for Tuesday’s Dragon Run, host West Union, North Adams, and Peebles. Th...

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Dragonas lead after first day of SHAC tourney

Day One of the 2014 Southern Hills Athletic Conference Boys Golf Tournament is in the books and it was the West Union Dragons, led by the play of freshman Elijah McCarty, taking the early lead in the team standings. Round one (of four) was played on Sept. 9 at Buckeye Hills Golf Course in Greenfield and after nine holes of action, the Dragons held an eight-stroke lead over second place Lynchburg.Golfers from Adams County actually occupied the top four individual spots after the tou...

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Seventh graders enjoy Conservation Field Days

The Adams County Soil and Water District held the 11th annual Seventh Grade Conservation Field Days on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 9 and 10.The field days are hosted at Adams Lake State Park with assistance from the Brown County Soil and Water Conservation District, Scioto County Soil and Water Conservation District, Adams-Brown Recycling, Shawnee State Forest, Division of Wildlife, Division of Forestry, and the Natural Resource Conservation service.

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Defender Bowl is coming next week

The third annual People’s Defender Adams County is coming next week on Thursday, Sept. 18. In what has now become an annual county rivalry, it will be the junior high football squads from West Union and Manchester squaring off at Greyhound Stadium for the right to take home the trophy provided to the winners by The People’s Defender.For the first two seasons of the “Defender Bowl”, the trophy has found its way into the trophy case at Manchester, wit...

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NAHS volleyball goes to 6-2

The North Adams Lady Devils volleyball squad raised their record for 2014 to 6-2 with a straight set win over Manchester on Sept. 9. The scores in favor of North Adams were 25-13, 25-12, and 25-12, marking the 19th consecutive match win in the Southern Hills Athletic Conference for the Lady Devils, and the second in five days over the Lady Hounds.For North Adams, they were led by their one-two punch around the net of Rylee Copas contributing 15 digs, 9 kills, and 3 aces, with Madis...

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Dryden’s Den-Week 2 NFL Picks

The season opened with plenty of surprises. The on field action was overshadowed when TMZ released the video of Ray Rice punching out his then fiancée. The world seemed astonished as did the Ravens who subsequently cut the former All-Pro running back. The league then suspended Rice indefinitely. The question is, where was the outrage prior to the video? What did the Ravens and Goodell think happened in the elevator? Did they assume she tripped and Rice drug her out in barbaric fashion an...

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Playing toxic whack-a-mole

Popular activities like hiking, camping, and backpacking come with all kinds of risks. You can get heat stroke or hypothermia, run out of water, fall off a cliff, and bump into cougars or grizzly bears. If you get close enough to an infected ground squirrel for one of their fleas to hop onto your skin, there’s a chance you’ll catch bubonic plague.Perhaps the only way to actually avoid risk is to stay at home indoors. Only if you do that, you’ll be at risk of diabe...

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Burns receives scholarship to OU

Curtis W. Burns has received an Army ROTC scholarship to attend Ohio University, in Athens. Scholarships are awarded on a merit basis, reflecting academic achievement, extracurricular activities, physical fitness, specific performance or accomplishment, leadership abilities, and personal interviews. Scholarship recipients are enrolled as members of the Army ROTC battalion at their colleges.The scholarship entitlements include tuition and fees, as well as an annual book allowance, a...

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AEP proposes new $31 charge

Customers of American Electric Power Company Inc. that opt out of using the new smart meters could start seeing an extra fee on their bill, if the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approves the proposal.American Electric Power argues that the $31.80 charge is needed to cover the meter readers who will have to drive to read the traditional meters. The company argues that the majority of the fee will be used to pay for the travel time and salary of an electrician who earns $28.76 p...

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Mascot skews reality about Native Americans

Until recently, I never really paid much attention to the Native American mascot issue. “It’s not my fight,” I thought.I live in Los Angeles County, home of the largest urban Native American and Alaska Native population in the United States. When I first moved to L.A. in the 1990s, I was constantly being asked if I was Latina. Sometimes people would get upset because I wasn’t able to speak Spanish.Occasionally, I would resort to sticking two finge...

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