A Look back at our Archives

January 1942
Miss Alice Stewart of West Union was the first woman in West Union to bake a “War Cake.”  A piece of the cake was presented to the Defender office to pass their judgment on and met with full approval, along with that of Attorney Charles H. Wilson.

January 1957
The grand opening of the new IGA store in West Union will be held Friday and Saturday, it has been announced by Charles W. Prather, owner and manager.  The store is located in the Adams County Building and Loan Building and the same room formerly occupied by the local Kroger store.  Mr. Prather has opened his own business after being affiliatred with Kroger for 11 years.  He was the former manager of their stores in West Union and Ripley.

January 1963
Record low temperatures were recorded in Adams County as most of the nation suffered from the freezing blast.  The lowest recorded on Jan. 24 in a check revealed 25 below zero degrees while others ranged from 14 to 24 degrees below.  Mrs. Archie Moore of Dunkinsville reported a low of 24 below.

January 1977
The snow which blanketed the county last weekis reported to be the heaviest in almost 20 years.  this coupled with high winds made some roads hazardous and others impassable.
The schools in the district were closed Friday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday due to the conditions of the roads.  Snowfall in the county measures from 8 to 12 inches depending on what part of the county one resides.  Temperatures have ranged from eight below to 16 and 20 below.
County and state highway workers have been working crews around the clock to keep theh ighways as safe and clean as possible.

January 1984
Esther Greene, owner of Greene’s Super Valu, and Bob Miller, store manager, announced that opening day for the new supermarket will be Wednesday, January 25.
Located on SR 41 South in West Union, the building is located adjacent to Mrs. Greene’s department store and lawn and garden center.  Greene’s Super Valu will boast all of the latest in equipment and facilities for shopper convenience.  New innovations include a “sit-down, eat-in” deli restaurant.
Robert Daniels of Manchester will assist Miller in management and will also head the freezer and dairy departments.  JoAnn Pitzer of New Vienna is meat and deli manager and Greg Potts of Aberdeen will head the produce department.

January 1996
January has been a busy month for Paul Howelett, Director of the Adams County Emergency Management Agency.  A coupl eof weeks ago it was the heavy snow. This weke it has been the rising waters of creeks and the Ohio River.  The lower end of West Fork Road was closed due to high water, along with Waggoner Riffle, Blacks Run, Sulphur Creek, and Beasley Fork.  A section of Front Street in Manchester was also covered.