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Two Arrested for Cultivating Drugs

David R. Daulton

Jackie W. Riggs

Deputies from the Adams County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant on Thursday, March 29 at a residence in Blue Creek. Upon entering the home, authorities discovered 73 marijuana plants totaling 15 pounds of the illegal plant. The Sheriff's Office also recovered large amounts of equip-

ment used to cultivate the drug, including lights, transformers, and ventilation systems. Deputies arrested David R. Daulton, 55 and Jackie W. Riggs, 47, both of Blue Creek. They are being charged for cultivating and possession of Marijuana with the intent to distribute.

All County Arts and Music Festival

County Sherif Rogers may be cited by Ohio Fire Marshall's Office The Ohio State Fire Marshall's Office sent two state fire marshall's from Columbus last week to the county's newest jail. The additional facility is located in Peebles on Nixon Avenue. The building has been known for years by local residents as the Peebles Community Building. According to Sheriff Rogers, he has been housing female prisoners in the building for over two weeks now. The facility houses non-violent offenders. The State Fire Marshall's Office inspected the building on Thursday, March 29, due to an alleged complaint. State officials told Sheriff Rogers that the caller that compained said, "I just dont' feel safe." After the state investigated the complaint and reviewed the building, they told Rogers that it was a "Youth Group Assembly" and not livable, and does not meet the Ohio Building and Fire Code Standards. The compaint was made by someoen on Nixon Avenue in Peebles. According to local officials, the County of Adams has filed the proper paperwork with the state of Ohio, however, the paperwork has not yet been processed. The State Fire Marshall's Office found nothing wrong with the building, other than the change of intended use without proper approval. A citation will be issued to Sheriff Rogers and a hearing will be set. If the Sheriff wants to speak at the hearing, it will cost $200, if he chooses not to speak, a hearing would most likely still take place. "If i get a speeding ticket, I have the right to a trial, however, this is bureaucracy at its best," said Rogers. Rogers said that so far, the state of Ohio is

Sheriff Kimmy Rogers being fair and trying to work with local officials, but there is overcrowding in the state prison system. The Sheriff also said that his stand against crime and drugs will remain firm. "This has no effect on law enforcement in Adams County. If we arrest someone, they will be locked up somewhere". Currently, the Peebles Detention facility is housing 20 females. Nearly every night local churches come in and have church services. The churches are also providing personal hygiene items, and food is being prepared by local churches. The Ohio Department of Compliance will be reviewing the investigation.

Blue Creek man makes big catch �

Pictured: All County Choir.

Pictured: Visual Arts Display.

“Music in Our Schools” Month was officially celebrated in Adams County on March 28, with the All County Arts & Music Festival at West Union High School. This festival, held annually since its rejuvenation in 1984, showcased the amazing talents of our local students in the creative and performing arts. As with most flawless performances, much time and effort had gone into preparation and behind the scenes activities. Band and choir students from all four high schools practiced with their individual instructors: Tim Brown, MHS; Matt Williams, NAHS; Brian Meyer, PHS; Carl Schneider, WUHS band and Beth Huntley, WUHS choir. The students assembled and practiced as a group with the guest conductors for less than two days total time! In the area of Culinary Arts, the Restaurant Management/Culinary Arts Class at the Ohio Valley Career and

Technical Center, under the guidance of instructor Becky Foster, had a beautiful display of student work. As an instructor at Maysville Community College, Becky is able to offer dual credit, both high school and college, to her students in the class. In the area of Language Arts, Casey Reed, WUHS Language Arts instructor, displayed the winning selections in the Adams County Writing Contest. The student winners were: Fiction JH 1st Coal McClanahan, WUHS; 2nd Sierrah Grooms, WUHS. Fiction HS 1st Elizabeth Lewis, MHS; 2nd Kari Foster, MHS. Academic HS 1st Grant Blanton, MHS; 2nd Marissa Evans, WUHS. Short Poetry JH 1st Katlin Greathouse, WUHS; 2nd MacKenzie Lloyd, WUHS. Long Poetry JH 1st Taya Brown, WUHS. Long Poetry HS 1st Marissa Evans, WUHS; 2nd Kirsten Matthews, NAHS. See ALL COUNTY on page 9

ODOT Seeks Comment for Proposed Project As part of the Ohio Department of Transportation – District 9’s Planning & Engineering Department, the Environmental Office is seeking public input on the following proposed project. The proposed project is to correct a scour problem and a roadway embankment failure for a culvert along State Route 348 in Brush Creek Township in Adams County. No new right of way will be needed for the project and no homes, businesses, trees or bushes will be removed as part of the project. The project will be constructed by ODOT county forces with state funding. Additional information regarding this

project, including a complete project description, maps and plans sheets, is available online at ages/Public-InvolvementProcess.aspx The public may wish to comment on include the effect of the project on local residents, air quality, the local economy, and historic or cultural resources. Written comments should be submitted by April 10, 2012, or the deadline date that is posted on the web site, to: Greg Manson, Environmental Supervisor, ODOT District 9, P.O. Box 467; 650 Eastern Avenue Chillicothe, Ohio 456701. E-Mail:

Ralph Begley, of Blue Creek, caught a 37 1/2 inch Muskie in Brush Creek along Blue Creek Road on Tuesday, March 27. Begley caught it using a 12 lb. test line and a bass plug. "It took about 20 minutes to reel it in," said Begley. Begley mentioned that he uses the Brush Creek as a fishing hole about three days a week.

This really isn't a surprise to Begley this catch was on the anniversary date of a his 36 1/4 inch Muskie that he caught near the same place last year. Begley, has plans to mount this Muskie right beside of it. According to the ODNR Anglers catching a muskie 36-inches or longer should be sure to submit their first fish of that size

During a visit to the Peebles Detention Facility last week, Sheriff Kim Rogers allowed The Informer to interview several of the female prisoners about the situations they are faced with. As soon as the girls walked towards us they erupted, "Without Sheriff Rogers, we would be dead." Another prisoner said, "I get to have church services here, the Sheriff allows us to have our children here during church service, and he is good to us and all of the officers." Several of the prisoners mentioned how good the food was. One prisoner discussed that one female was released from jail, and later that night brought her child back with her to the nightly church service. Most of the females have plans when they get out of jail. Some will be

starting rehabilitation, some going to college, and other will be seeking employment. One prisoner said that she was within three months of becoming an RN, got divorced, and her life went down hill. The inmates mentioned that Judge Spencer gets them the resources that they need and they are very thankful for that. During the interview, the prisoners agreed that Lt. Larry Heller was the strictest Deputy in the jail. However, they say that they are always treated fairly. The question was asked, "What message do you want to send out to people?" The answer: "Take a look at where you came form and don't get here...drugs arent' worth it". A 40-year old prisoner said, "I'm retiring after this." Everyone agreed that it is the choices that they

each year for a Fish Ohio award through on-line registration of their catch! Begley mentioned that he has already filled out the necessary papers and he will receive a certificate and a pin. Catching a 42-inch muskie qualifies for a regular membership and catching a 30-inch muskie qualifies for an honorable mention membership. Since most anglers release their fish, weights are not required. Anglers who catch and release 10 or more muskie measuring at least 30 inches will receive an Honorable Mention Release plaque. Applicants must register catches during the same year the qualifying fish was caught. Application can be made on-line through the Division’s Muskie Log or by postcards available at most marinas, tackle stores at lakes having muskie, or by writing the ODNR Division of Wildlife 1076 Old Springfield Pike, Xenia 45385.

Female prisoners in county speak out made that led them to where they are at.

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Man Arrested for Murder of Step-Son, Ohio and Kansas Sign Concealed Carry Reciprocity Agreements, County Recieves Disaster Assistance, Make Children a Priority, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Ohio Sportsmen and Women Encouraged to Participate in Survey.


The following obituaries are on page 3 of this week’s edition: Barbara E Tomlin, Karen Bagford, Carol R Stout, Dessie Bowen, Richard Pollitt and Erma J Bradford.

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Man Arrested for Murder of Step-Son Ohio and Kansas Sign Concealed Carry Reciprocity Agreements Brown County Sheriff Dwayne Wenninger reported last week that on Monday, March 26, at approximately 5:35 p.m. the Brown County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a report of a shooting at 3910 Greenbush East Road, Mt. Orab. The Brown County Sheriff’s Office and the Mt. Orab Police Department both arrived at the scene at 5:43 p.m. The deputies and the police officers found the suspect, identified as Harry Donald Shafer, 56, had shot the victim, identified as Joshua E. Ahr, 33, after an argument between the two. The victim was the stepson of the suspect and sustained a fatal gunshot wound to the side. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene by Brown County Corner, Dr. Timothy McKinley. Harry Donald Shafer was taken into custody and transported to the Brown County Adult Detention Center, where he is being held with no bond. Shafer has been charged with Murder, 1st Degree felony and is awaiting arraignment on the charge. The case is being investigated by the Brown County Sheriff’s

Office and the Brown County Coroner’s Office. Sheriff Wenninger would like to thank the Mt. Orab Police Department, Mt. Orab Life Squad and the Mt. Orab Fire Department for their response and assistance at the scene.

Phil Swayne, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Executive Director, announced last week that Adams County will receive disaster assistance funding through FSA's Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) to help farmers and landowners recover from the March 2, tornadoes. The Adams County FSA office currently has a sign-up now and going through till May 1. Producers can apply for cost-share assistance to help remove debris from farmland, restore livestock fences and conservation structures and/or grade and shape farmland damaged by a natural disaster. The program is administered by FSA's State and County Committees. Eligible producers can receive cost-share assistance of up

to 75% of the cost of the approved practice, as determined by FSA county committees, based on funding allocations, because ECP is not an entitlement program, there is no guarantee of funding for all eligible applicants. For a producer's land to be eligible, the disaster must create new conservation problems that, if untreated, would further impair the water resources and affect its productive capacity. Conservation problems existing prior to the applicable disaster ae ineligible for ECP assistance. For more information on the ECP program, contact the Adams County FSA office at 544-2033 or visit FSA's web site at .

The Adams County Commissioners in their regular session Proclaimed April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Attending the proclamation presentation and pictured is: Commissioners Justin Cooper, Roger Rhonemus, Brian Baldridge, Ongoing Supervisor Sonya Evans, Supt. Wilson Children's Home Melissa Taylor, Ongoing Caseworker Ida Neal, Foster/Adoption Specialist Dawn Grooms, Executive Director Jill Wright, Adams County Prosecutor's Office Advocates Diana Young, Kimberly Newman, Sexual Assault Intervention Coordinator Cassandra Stroop, Non Residential Case Manager Ashley Silvis, Assistant Prosecutor Kris Blanton and Invetigator Kenny Dick. The Proclamation reads as follows: A non-stranger, stranger rape and sexual assault affect women, children and men of all racial, cultural and economic backgrounds. Sexual violence against the citizens of Adams County continues at an

alarming rate. Women, children and men suffer multiple types of sexual violence. This experience can be devastating for not only the survivor, but also for the family and friends of the survivor and to prevent future violation of our citizens, it is critical to foster greater public awareness of the causes and effects of sexual violence and to address this problem on every civic level. The Adams County Crime Victim Assistance Program’s staff and volunteers are committed to increasing public awareness of sexual violence and its prevalence and to eliminating it through prevention and education. Important partnerships have been formed among criminal and juvenile justice agencies, health providers, allied professionals and victim services. The Adams County Crime Victim Assistance Program will join with other Sexual Assault Service Providers and other interested organizations in public understanding of the issues surrounding sexual assault.

Harry Donald Shafer

County Recieves Disaster Assistance

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Ohio Sportsmen and Women Encouraged to Participate in Survey Deer and turkey hunters’ input sought on Ohio’s automated game-check system The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife invites anglers, hunters and trappers to visit to take a new online survey. The online survey asks fishing and hunting license buyers to provide feedback on their experience with the newly implemented license sales system. Deer and turkey hunters will also be given the opportunity to provide their input on the automated game-check system.

The online survey is available now and will run through April 30. Responses to the survey are confidential. Information provided by anglers, hunters and trappers is important to the successful management of Ohio's wildlife resources. The Division of Wildlife encourages all sportsmen and women to participate. ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit ODNR’s website at

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt have signed an agreement permitting reciprocity between their states for citizens who have valid concealed carry permits. "This agreement between Ohio and Kansas allows Ohioans with valid concealed carry permits the same rights to carry a concealed handgun in the State of Kansas," said Attorney General DeWine. "Likewise, it also allows Kansans who have valid concealed carry permits to do the same in Ohio." Ohio law permits the Attorney General to enter into written agreements with other states whose laws are "substantially comparable" to Ohio's eligibility requirements for a license to carry a concealed handgun. In Kansas, this authority falls under the state Attorney General's office. Concealed carry permit holders will be required to comply with all of the other state's laws regarding possession, transportation, storage, and use of concealed weapons and all other applicable laws except those regarding issuance, suspension, revocation and renewal of concealed weapons licenses, which remain within the power of the issuing state. Each state will make their verification systems available to the other to enable the status of the other state's concealed carry licenses to be checked. The agreement remains in force unless statutory authority for it is withdrawn by either of the state's legislatures or terminated in writing by either party upon 30 days of notice. Below is the list of states that Ohio has reciprocity agreements with: Alaska Kansas North Carolina Oklahoma Arizona Louisiana North Dakota Washington Arkansas Michigan Nebraska West Virginia Delaware Missouri South Carolina Wyoming Florida Kentucky Tennessee Virginia Idaho New Mexico Utah

Make Children a Priority

� Pictured is Adams County Commissioners Justin Cooper, Roger Rhonemus, Brian Baldridge, Ongoing Supervisor Sonya Evans, Supt. Wilson Children's Home Melissa Taylor, Ongoing Caseworker Ida Neal, Foster/Adoption Specialist Dawn Grooms, Executive Director Jill Wright, Adams County Prosecutor's Office Advocates Diana Young, Kimberly Newman, Sexual Assault Intervention Coordinator Cassandra Stroop, Non Residential Case Manager Ashley Silvis, Assistant Prosecutor Kris Blanton, Investigator Kenny Dick and Lt. Larry Heller of the Adams County Sheriff's Office. April is National Child Abuse Prevention alone more than 900,000 children suffer malMonth. This month and throughout the year, treatment each year according to the U.S. Adams County Children Services encourages Department of Health and Human Services. all individuals and organizations to play a role in More than one-half of these children are negmaking Adams County, Ohio a better place for lected. families. By ensuring that parents have the The different types of abuse are: Physical abuse - the misuse or maltreatknowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child ment of another person in a physical manner abuse and neglect by strengthening families and such as punching, kicking, or biting a child. Sexual abuse - the rape, molestation, proscommunities. Research shows that five important factors titution or incest of a child or using a child for are present in healthy families. Promoting these the purpose of making sexually explicit pictures factors is among the most effective ways to or videos. Emotional abuse - the verbal or psychoreduce the risk of child abuse and neglect. They logical abuse of a child including threatening, are: name calling, ignoring, shaming unfairly, shoutNurturing and attachment Knowledge of parenting and of child and ing, cursing, etc. "Mind games" are another form of emotional abuse. youth development Keeping children safe is a community Parental resilience responsibility, and prevention must be a comSocial connections munity task. Every segment of society must be Concrete supports for parents involved, including health and law enforcement "April is a time to celebrate the important professionals, schools, businesses, the media, role that communities play in protecting chil- government agencies, community and faith dren," said Dawn Grooms, public information organizations, and especially parents themofficer. "Everyone's participation is critical. selves. Teachers and physicians need to recogFocusing on ways to promote the five protective nize the symptoms of child abuse; parents need factors, in every interaction with families, is the to ask for help in overcoming addictions or conbest thing our community can do to strengthen trolling violent behavior; communities must be willing to fund programs and services to protect families and prevent child abuse and neglect." Each year, Adams County Children children from abuse; and the media needs to Services, hosts the Kids’ Community Breakfast, raise public awareness of the availability of in an effort to recognize outstanding youth with- those programs and services. For more information about child abuse in the county who rise above what is expected of them to help other individuals, for no benefit of prevention programs and activities during the month of April and throughout the year, contact themselves. Child abuse and neglect is a global problem Dawn Grooms, Adams County Children of staggering proportions. In the United States Services, (937)544-2511.

Adams County Sheriff Intake and Release Report March 23 - 29

Jeremy Allen, 32, Manchester, Trafficking in Drugs - Heroin. Booked 3/26. Christopher E. Arnold, 38, West Union, Felonious Assault. Booked 3/27. Evelyn C. Bennington, 37, Peebles, Disorderly Conduct. Booked 3/24 Released 3/27. Evelyn Laurarn Bond, 25, Manchester, Trafficking in Drugs - Heroin and Probation Detainer. Booked 3/28. Ricky L. Bowens, 40, Mt. Orab, Trafficking in Drugs. Booked 3/28. Amy Cheryl Bradford, 33, Manchester, Contempt of Court. Booked 3/7 Released 3/28. Stacy Lee Campbell, Goshen, 32, Theft. Booked 12/29/11 Released 3/28/12. Adam R. Chamblin, 22, West Union, Trafficking in Drugs Heroin. Booked 3/27. Winston R. Delk, 20, Seaman, Probation Detainer. Booked 3/11 Released 3/27. Marty K. Dotson, 36, West Union, Trafficking in Drugs Cocaine and Heroin. Booked 3/27. Jerry P. Eason, 44, Failure to Appear on Felony Charge. Booked 3/28. Della Fay Farley, 35, Manchester, Failure to Appear on Felony and a Misdemeanor Charge. Booked 3/24. Robert W. Fisher, 27, W. Portsmouth, Theft. Booked 3/20 Released 3/23. Jessilyn M. Gilman, 23, Winchester, Trafficking in Drugs. Booked 3/20 Released 3/23.

Shawn Anthony Goldberry, 35, Chillicothe, Failure to Appear on Misdemeanor Charge. Booked 3/8 Released 3/26. Crystal J. Hamm, 30, Peebles, Aggravated Trafficking Drugs. Booked 3/26 Released 3/28. Bobby Lee Hanshaw, 27, West Union, Contempt. Booked 3/25 Released 3/29. Ricky Darrell Henderson, 52, Winchester, Breaking & Entering. Booked 3/28 Released 3/29. Donald Thomas Hill, 25, Manchester, Probation Detainer. Booked 3/28. Roger J. Hodge, 58, Manchester, Disseminating Matter Harmful to Juveniles. Booked 3/17 Released 3/28. Glenn U. Jenkins, 26, Manchester, Theft in Office Property owned by State or Government. Booked 3/27. Mason Cole Jones, 20, West union, Burglary. Booked 3/23 Released 3/27. Colvie Allen Keen, 31, West Union, Domestic Violence. Booed 3/16 Released 3/25. James Daniel Land, 34, Manchester, Domestic Violence. Booked 3/24. Joshua Randall Luithle, 30, West Union, Failure to Appear on Misdemeanor Charge. Booked 3/19 Released 3/23. David Lee Madden, 40, Seaman, Trafficking in Drugs. Booked 3/23. David R. McClanahan lll, 26, West Union, Assault. Booked 3/27. Zachary Scott McKee, 22,

West Union, Probation Detainer. Booked 3/28. Mark Anthony Mefford, 39, Manchester, Violation of Protection Order. Booked 2/29 Released 3/23. Daniel I. Monk, 25, W. Portsmouth, Non-Support of Dependents. Booked 3/26 Released 3/29. Robert A. Mowen, 34, Aberdeen, Breaking & Entering. Booked 3/28 Released 3/29. James Richard Murphy, 30, West Union, Theft. Booked 3/16 Released 3/23. Lindsay Nicloe Nevil, 26, Peebles, Trafficking in Drugs. Booked 3/22 Released 3/28. Jeff Michael Osborne, 34, Manchester, Failure to Appear. Booked 3/28. Johnny M. Roberts Jr., 25, Manchester Trafficking in Counterfeit Controlled Substance. Booked 3/26. Gretchen R. Roberts, 32 Winchester, Trafficking in Drugs - Heroin. Booked 3/9 Released 3/23. Johnny M. Roberts, 47, Manchester, Trafficking in Counterfeit Controlled Substance. Booked 3/26. Timothy J. Schuler, 29, Peebles, Trafficking in Drugs. Booked 3/28. Steven Allen Sturgill, 24, West Union, Theft. Booked 3/16 Released 3/26. Samantha Marie Voris, 20, West Union, Failure to Appear on Felony Charge and Misdemeanor Charges. Booked 3/24 Released 3/25.

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Obituaries Barbara E. Tomlin

Barbara E Tomlin, 64, of Manchester, died Tuesday, March 27, at the Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley Inpatient Center. She was born in Maysville, Ky. on March 10, 1948 to the late Jim and Nora Blythe Tomlin. She was a former employee at the Hercules Trouser Pants Factory. She is survived by her son Darrin McNeilan of Boneridge, Va. an aunt Garnett Blythe of Manchester and several cousins. Funeral services were held Friday, March 30 at the Wilson Home for Funerals. Rev. Dale Little officiating. Burial followed at the Manchester Cemetery. Friends and family may sign an online guestbook at

Carol R. Stout

Carol R Stout, 70, of Manchester, died Sunday, March 25, at her home. She was born in Manchester, on April 19, 1941 to the late Leslie and Zelma Osman Lewis. She was the former owner of Bob's Bar and a former Caregiver. She belonged to the F.O.E. Auxiliary and the V.F.W. Auxiliary in Maysville, Ky. She and her husband Woody would have been married 50 years as of May 24. She is survived by her husband Elwood "Woody" Stout of Manchester, two brothers Dale Lewis and George Lewis both of Manchester, two sisters Paulina (Paul William) Stevenson of West Union and Marilyn Tussey of Manchester. Funeral services were held Thursday, March 29 at Wilson Home for Funerals. Rev. Dale Little officiated. Burial followed at the Manchester Cemetery. Friends and family may sign an online guestbook at

Richard Pollitt

Richard Pollitt, 90, of West Union, died Sunday March 25, at the Eagle Creek Nursing Home in West Union. Mr. Pollitt was born June 23, 1921 the son of the late George P. and Louise (Muir) Pollitt in Elkins, West Virginia. Mr. Pollitt will be cremated. The ThompsonMeeker Funeral Home in West Union, is serving the family. Friends and Family may sign Mr. Pollitt’s online guestbook at

Erma J. Bradford

Erma J Bradford, 69, of Bentonville, died Saturday, March 24, at her home. She was born in Manchester, on January 16, 1943 to the late William and Lucille Tully Bolender. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Robert "Bob" Bradford. She was a former factory worker and Sub-Aid. She attended the Bentonville Church of Christ in Christian Union. She is survived by two sons Russell "Rusty" Bradford of Bentonville and Christopher (Kelli) Bradford of West Union, one granddaughter Katelyn Bradford, two brothers George Bolender of New York, NY and Jim (Joy) Bolender of Cincinnati and one sister Sue (Gary) Neu of Manchester. Memorial services were held at the Bentonville Church of Christ in Christian Union on Saturday, March 31. Rev Jerrod Grooms officiated. Friends and family may sign an online guestbook at

Karen Bagford

Karen Bagford, 64, of Winchester, passed away Wednesday, March 28, at Christ Hospital. She was born in Belmont County, Ohio on April 17, 1947 the daughter of the late Taylor and Ruth (Alexander) Johnson. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Bagford, who passed away on December 2, 1999. Karen was an EMT for Wi n c h e s t e r / Wa y n e Township Life Squad. She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law Darren and Shannon Bagford of Lynchburg, one daughter and son-in-law Kimberly and Stuart Sparks of Seaman, one brother Richard Johnson of Lynchburg, one sister and brother-in-law Barbara and Mark Brock of Martinsville, one daughter-in-law Deanna Bagford of Lynchburg, eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren, two step grandchildren, one step great grandchild and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 31, at the Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home, BradfordSullivan Chapel in Winchester and Pastor Jeremy Griffith officiated. Burial followed in the Clarksville Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Winchester/Wayne Township Life Squad. To sign our online guest book, visit us at

Dessie Bowen

Dessie Bowen, 79, of West Union, died Friday March 30, at the Hillcrest Nursing Home in Peebles. Mrs. Bowen was born July 27, 1932 the daughter of the late Noble and Lydie (Blanton) Kepp in Adams County. Survivors include three sons Victor Lewis of Lynx, Randy Lewis and wife Brenda of West Union, Jake Lewis of West Union, one daughter Susie Leake of McDough, Georgia; two sisters Kathlene Lewis of Lynx, Ivadelle Douglas of Seaman, seven grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Following the cremation a memorial service was held Monday, April 2, at the Gospel Lighthouse Chapel in Blue Creek, with Mike Bender officiating. The Thompson-Meeker Funeral Home is serving the family. Memorials can be made to the Hillcrest Nursing Home; 3564 Lawshe Road, Peebles, Ohio 45660. Friends and Family may sign Mrs. Bowen’s online guestbook at

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Community News/Events

The Peebles Fire Department has joined in with the Peebles and West Unions Lions Clubs to help the tornado victims of our county and Scioto County. This will also included the Otway Fire Department. Every Friday in March and Good Friday in April a Fish Fry will be hosted at the Peebles Scout Building 175 Charolatte Ave. starting at 4:00 P.M. until we run out of fish each day. The regular meeting of the Adams County Board of Developmental Disabilities will be held on Thursday, April 12, at Venture productions at 6:30 p.m. Annual Quilt Show at Stone Chapel Church 89 Trefz Road West Union, Ohio. April 14, from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Bed Turning at 3:00 p.m.

Good Friday Gospel Concert to be held Fish Fry and Auction to assist tornado victims on Friday

Pictured: The Greene's will headline the Annual Good Friday Gospel Concert this Friday in West Union. Its a 32-year tradition that Gospel music fans across Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky look forward to each and every year. The Annual Good Friday Concert will be held on Friday, April 6, beginning at 7:30 p.m. This year, event promoter Dennis Jolly says that the lineup is one of the best yet. It includes The Greene's, The Gibbon's Family, and Family Heritage. "As always the event is free admission, and we encourage everyone to bring their friends to this annual, one of a kind event," said Jolly. The concert will be held at West Union High School located at 327 Lloyd Road outside of West Union. For more information, please call 937-544-0210.

Ohio Valley School District Breakfast Tuesday, April 3, Super Donut, Graham Crackers Wednesday, April 4, Mini Corn Dogs (3) Thursday, April 5, No School Friday, April 6, No School Monday, April 9, No School Tuesday, April 10, Cinamon Sugar Breadstick Elementary Lunch Tuesday, April 3, Chicken Nuggets w/breadstick, Steamed Lima Beans, Applesauce Wednesday, April 4, Hot Dog, Baked Beans, Cherries Thursday, April 5, No School Friday, April 6, No School Monday, April 9, No School Tuesday, April 10, Chicken Patty Deluxe, Steamed Carrots, Pineapple High School Lunch Tuesday, April 3, Cheese Jammer w/marinara sauce, Steamed Green Beans, Strawberries Wednesday, April 4, Chicken Nuggets w/breadstick, Baked Potato, Cherries Thursday, April 5, No School Friday, April 6, No School Monday, April 9, No School Tuesday, April 10, Buffalo Popcorn Chicken w/breadstick, Steamed Mixed Vegetables, Fruit Cocktail

Manchester Local School District Breakfast Tuesday, April 3, Cook's Choice Wednesday, April 4, French Toast Sticks w/Sausage Thursday, April 5, No School Friday, April 6, No School Monday, April 9, Cook's Choice Tuesday, April 10, Egg Omelet w/Toast Wedge Elementary Lunch Tuesday, April 3, Hot Ham Sandwich, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Green Beans, Easter Cookie, Easter Luncheon Wednesday, April 4, Cheeseburger or Mini Club Sandwich, Leetuce, Tomato, Pickle, Trail Mix, Pkg. Snack Thursday, April 5, No School Friday, April 6, No School Monday, April 9, Chicken Patty or Rib-A-Que, Broccoli & Cheese, Fresh Fruit, Snickerdoodle Cookie Tuesday, April 10, Nachoes w/Meat & Cheese or Stacked Turkey, Seasoned Corn, Fresh Fruit High School Lunch Tuesday, April 3, Turkey & Gravy w/Roll or Hot Ham & Cheese, Mashed Potatoes w/Gravy, Green Beans, Fruit Cup Wednesday, April 4, Cheeseburger, Mini Club or Cook's Choice, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickle, Trail Mix, Fruit Choice Thursday, April 5, No School Friday, April 6, No School Monday, April 9, Chicken Patty, Rib-A-Que or Pizza - Choice, Broccoli & Cheese, Fresh Fruit, Veggie Choice, Snickerdoodle Cookie Tuesday, April 10, Nachoes w/Meat & Cheese, Stacked Turkey or Cheeseburger, Seasoned Corn, Fresh Fruit, Lettuce, Tomato, Salsa, Cook's Choice Dessert

PUBLIC NOTICE Each Spring the Manchester Local School District holds a public meeting to solicit community input into the development of all state, federal and/or local projects and grants. This year the meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on April 11, 2012. The meeting will be held inthe Manchester High School Round Room. The district intends to apply for funds in the following prograrns: RttT (Race to the Top), Title I, Title II-A, Title VI-B, IDEA, Title Il-D, 21“ Century, other state and federal grants, etc. The district welcomes input from all community members. District residents who are parents of students currently attending non-public schools are invited. Written comments about any project should be directed to Chris Young, Manchester Local School District, 130 Wayne Frye Drive, Manchester, OH 45144.

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The local Lion's Clubs along with the Peebles Fire Department will hold an auction on Friday, April 6 to assist local tornado victims. On March 2, the county and the community of Otway in Scioto County were hit by several tornadoes. Local groups have pulled together to raise money for relief to those directly affected by the storms. The auction will take place in a tent outside of the Lions Building. There will be a 50/50 drawing and the Peebles Lion's Club will donate their annual Good Friday Baked Goods items to be auctioned. A fish fry will also be taking place from 4 until 8 p.m. that evening. It will make the fourth fish fry that has been held as part of the ongoing fundraiser. The auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact the Peebles Fire Department at 937-587-3811, the Peebles Lion's Club at 937-587-3749 or 3078, or the West Union Lion's Club at 937-515-1939.

Manchester Pee Wee Association to hold Cheer Clinic Manchester Pee Wee Association will be hosting a Cheer Clinic for grades K - 8 on Saturday, April 14 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Shawnee State cheerleaders will be at the Cheer Clinic to teach stunts, mounts, a short dance and much more. The First hundred registered gets a t-shirt and the cost is $25.00 per child. For more information contact Nicole 217-3376 Daphne 7799593 or Angela 205-6263. The First hundred registered gets a tshirt. Cost is $25.00 per child.

Adams County Public Library This Monday, April 9, come hear local author Caroline Rose Miller share her experiences while researching and writing Grapevine Dispatch: The Voice of Antislavery Messages, during a book-signing event at 7:00 p.m. at the Seaman Community Building. Grapevine Dispatch describes slavery and the abolitionist movement in Bracken County, Kentucky, and in Adams and Brown Counties in Ohio. “The ‘grapevine dispatch’ was actually what Conductor John Parker called his operation of moving slaves along to freedom,” Caroline tells us. She skillfully relates the stories of the conductors and abolitionists on both sides of the Ohio River, who risked their lives to aid fugitives in their quest for freedom. Caroline is a 1963 graduate of Seaman High School, currently living in Augusta, Kentucky, and is looking forward to renewing old acquaintances and making new friends as she shares about her book. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to meet a local author, and support the North Adams Library! Thanks to local voters, who approved a levy to support the Adams County Public Library, the Library is working to restore hours and services as soon as possible. As part of this effort, the Library is seeking applicants to fill two positions, Adult Outreach Specialist and

Youth Outreach Specialist. Applications and job descriptions are available at library branches, or our website, (No phone calls, please.) Those interested in applying can return sealed applications to any Adams County Public Library, addressed to the attention of “Outreach Specialist Search.” Join us for an Easter Egg Hunt at the Manchester Library on Wednesday, April 4, at 10:30 am, or at the West Union Library on Thursday, April 5, at 10:30 am. We’ll hunt for Easter eggs around the library outdoors, or in case of rain, inside. Program Schedule: Manchester: 937-549-3359 Preschool Story Time – Wednesdays @ 10:30 am. North Adams: 937-386-2556 Story Time –Tuesdays @ 3:30 pm. Peebles: 937-587-2085 Wednesdays @ 10:30 am. West Union: 937-544-2591 Preschool - Thursdays @ 10:30 am. Library Hours: Mon thru Sat 10 am – 5 pm Except Tuesdays, when Peebles & North Adams open at 10:30 am Days Closed: Tuesday – Manchester Wednesday – West Union Thursday – Peebles Friday – North Adams

Adams County Health Department

923 Sunrise Ave., West Union 544-5547 Free TD (Tetanus-Diphtheria) All children need vaccines to Limited Supply. Offer Ends April enroll in school, prepare your 14. child for Kindergarten register Free Flu Vaccines are avail- now. 6th grade children are able for all people ages 6 months required to have their Tdap and older. (Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis). Visit our table at the ACRMC All 7th grade children need to Health Fair on Saturday, April 14 have this before school begins from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. this August. Orthopedic Clinic Wednesday, Plan to stop by and learn about adult vaccines including the New April 4 in the afternoon at the Adams County Regional Intradermal Flu Vaccine. Medical Center. Call 386-3420 to make an appointment. Immunization Clinic Immunizations are given at the Dates and Times: Health Department on Thursday, April 5 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. The doctors clinic is Friday, April 6, in the afternoon.

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Hope Van Schedule Tuesday, April 3, Winchester, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. Cherry Fork, 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, Wheat Ridge, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, Blue Creek, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

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Easter Sunday, April 8 @ 1:00 PM * Easter Egg Hunt for the Children and Prizes Given. * Dinner and Singing. * Footwashing

Good Friday The Passion of Christ will be shown Starting at 7:00 PM 211 N. Cherry St., West Union (American Legion Building)

For more information call 544-4019 or 937-217-8199

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Cuffs and Collars

Field reports from Ohio Division of Wildlife Officers

Northeast Ohio In November 2011, Stark County Wildlife Officer Mark Basinger noticed an individual dressed in camouflage clothing walking through a field carrying a hunting arrow. He contacted the man and questioned him. The man indicated that he had shot a deer on his friend’s property and was tracking it. Officer Basinger asked to see his hunting license and deer permit. Somewhat surprised, the hunter responded, “I didn’t know I needed a hunting license and deer permit to hunt on someones property.” Officer Basinger took the opportunity to familiarize the man with the current hunting regulations and the new licensing system. He was charged with the violations, convicted, and paid $310 in fines and court costs. Northwest Ohio While working this year’s rainy deer gun season, Putnam County Wildlife Officer Jason Porinchok observed two hunters walking out of a woodlot. Officer Porinchok clearly observed both of them with hunting implements. One of the hunters was only wearing an orange stocking cap with no other hunter orange. The other hunter was complying with the law by wearing a hunter orange camouflage jacket. Upon contacting the men, Officer Porinchok learned that the subject in the stocking cap was the landowner. Officer Porinchok asked him where his hunter orange was. The man pointed to his hat. Officer Porinchok informed him that a hat did


not meet the legal requirement for hunter orange during the deer gun season. The landowner was shown the section of hunting digest that outlined the hunter orange requirement. The hunting digest also shows photos of acceptable examples of hunter orange vests, jackets, and coveralls. The landowner was issued a citation for hunting during the deer gun season without wearing a legal hunter orange garment. The subject decided not to appear in the Putnam County Court and paid a $300 bond. The bond was forfeited with a $225 fine and $75 court costs. State Wildlife Officers Scott Sharpe and Josh Zientek were working around the Little Portage Wildlife Area, in Ottawa County, on the opening day of teal season when they heard several gunshots just after sunrise. The officers located the area from which they believed the shooting had come. While on foot, the officers located two hunters in a mowed grassy field with dove decoys scattered throughout the area. When the officers made contact with the hunters, they learned that a father and his stepson were dove hunting together. During the contact, the officers quickly observed that the hunters were hunting over bait. Red treated wheat seed had been scattered throughout the area directly in front of the hunters, right where their decoys were setup. The officers gathered all the evidence and presented the case to the Ottawa County

Prosecutor’s Office. The father was later found guilty in the Ottawa County Municipal Court for hunting doves with the aid of bait. Central Ohio While patrolling the Deer Creek Reservoir spillway, Fayette County Wildlife Officer, John Coffman made several good fishing cases. Three fishermen, fishing together, were being observed when one fisherman was witnessed reeling in a Saugeye that had been snagged in the dorsal fin. The man unhooked the Saugeye and let it lay on the ground, later he placed it in his bucket. A second fisherman in the group was seen catching a Saugeye, he handed it to the first fisherman, who put it in his bucket. Later Officer Coffman saw the second fisherman catch another Saugeye and place it also in his neighbors bucket. The second fisherman then whistled to his neighbor and held up three fingers. Several minutes later the second fisherman placed another Saugeye in his neighbors bucket. A third fisherman in the group snagged a Saugeye and kept it. In all two men were issued summonses for snagging sport fish. The second fisherman had his daily limit of six Saugeye along with the three he had given away for a total of nine Saugeye taken. He was issued a summons for exceeding the daily bag limit. All men were found guilty and ordered to pay fines and court costs.

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SUMMERFEST Well the weather has changed and plans are being completed for the 6th Annual West Union Summerfest. At the present there are a few Vendor spaces still open. If interested in joining us this year contact one of the following: Chief Roy Stricklett - 937-798-0850 or Debbie Morrison - 937-544-9773

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Adams County Senior Citizens Can you believe that this coming Sunday (April 8th) is Easter already? Amid all the chocolate bunnies, fluffy chickens and colored eggs don't forget the real reason for the Easter Season! Happy Easter holiday! Remember the annual Good Friday Gospel Concert this Friday, April 6th beginning at 7:30 pm at the West Union High School. You get to visit with a lot of friends and neighbors and enjoy some very talented singers, too! The West Union Senior Citizens Club will meet next Friday, April 13th at 12 noon at the Senior Center. It's a covered dish; carry-in meal/meeting and YOU are invited. Whip up some goodies, get out of the house and join in the fun! Something new is starting at the Senior Center! Beginning on April 11th! On the 2nd and 4th Wednesday's of each month from 10 am - 3 pm the Scrappy Quilters Club will meet here at the Senior Center. If you've ever wanted to learn how to quilt or learn more about this age-old hobby - here's your chance! It promises to be interesting, fun, and informative. You don't have to be a Senior Citizen to attend the meetings. For more information, give us a call at 544-3979. Also, here's something else that you might be interested in attending. The 2nd annual Quilt Show will be held at the Stone Chapel Church located at 89 Treftz Road right off Compton Hill Rd. on Saturday, April 14th from 1 - 5 pm with a bed-turning at 3 pm. This is something we don't get a chance to see very often, so go on out and spend the afternoon viewing some beautiful quilts and visit with your neighbors. I hope you're about finished with your project for the 30th annual Senior Citizens Art Show/Photography/ Essay/Poetry Contest sponsored by Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc.! The show is May 14-18 and May 21-25 at the Esther Allen Greer Museum on the

University of Rio Grande campus. The Artist's Tea is Friday, May 25th. We have rules, regulations and entry forms at the Senior Center that you may pick up weekdays from 8 am-4:30 pm. All entries must be in our office by Friday, April 13th. Adams County has had some BIG winners in the past and we know you can do it again this year! For more information call us at 544-3979. We have a Hollywood Casino Trip coming up Thursday, April 19th. A limited number of seats are available. Cost: $39.00 per person. Call us soon! Then, looking ahead to June 18, 2012 we're going on a 15day, 4 Island (Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Hawaii) tour to HAWAII ! Make some memories! Cost: $2788.00 per person, double occupancy. For info, call 544-3979. Our generation is not quite as religious about Spring-cleaning as our Mothers and Grandmothers generations. But…the arrival of spring brings the need to open windows and get rid of that stuffy old winter air! It's truly amazing what can be found in the midst of several months of accumulated "stuff". Getting rid of the "stuff" or at least putting it in its place can be very satisfying. Get rid of what you can and organize the rest. Most of us have perfectly good baskets just sitting around doing nothing. Put them to work! Use them to hold sewing or craft needs or small items that need to be kept together. Give a gift in a basket; it makes it even more special. I'm sure you

can think of many other ideas to re-use and re-cycle and put some of that extra "stuff" to good use. Happy cleaning!! Come on out and get involved in some of the activities we have every week here at the Senior Center. On Tues. and Thurs. 10-11 am is Gentle Chair Yogi Class. Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 pm is "Movie & Popcorn" time. Thursday from 12:30 - 3:30 we have card games. On the 1st & 3rd Friday's at 10:30 am Marsha McCormick, OSU Extension has a program on Food & Nutrition. On the 2nd Friday at 11 am Genesis comes to check blood pressures/blood sugars. On other Fridays at 10:30 am, Donna, agency nurse, checks blood pressures. We welcome volunteers to help with any activities you might be interested in doing. Your involvement and input helps us to serve you better. Call 544-3979 or drop by the Senior Center and visit with us. The services and activities are FREE. It's YOUR Senior Center. Take time out to enjoy it! HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program). HEAP - a federally funded program designed to help low-income Ohioans meet the high cost of winter home heating bills. We place emphasis on reaching the elderly and/or disabled. If you need assistance with your STATE HEAP application, call us at 544-3979. Certain guidelines must be met to qualify. JUST A THOUGHT: Before you borrow money from a friend - decide which one you need the most.

Adams County Public Library Request for Quotes

Mowing and Landscape Maintenance at libraries in Manchester, Peebles, and West Union. Copies of the Scope of Work can be obtained at any branch of the library. Quotes must be returned by April 9, 2012, to Adams County Public Library Att: Mowing and Landscape 157 High Street Peebles, OH 45660

NASAAstronaut Has Local Ties Back in February, I wrote a tribute to two Ohio Veterans, Astronauts John Glenn and Neil Armstrong, who made history while serving with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Well, recently, I received a call from Ruth Pence, who lives just outside West Union, OH. It seems Ruth has a great nephew Edward Michael “Mike” Fincke (born 1967), who also has a remarkable record as a NASA astronaut. Astronaut Fincke is the grandson of Pauline Agnes Pence Kent. Mrs. Kent died in January of this year and was interred in Kirker Cemetery. Astronaut Fincke’s parents, Edward and Alma (daughter of Pauline) live in Pennsylvania, where Astronaut Fincke was born and grew up. It appears Astronaut Edward M. Fincke has spent “more time in space than anyone else in the world.” That time includes two 6-month stints on the International Space Station (ISS): ISS Expedition 9 (Apr. 18-Oct. 23, 2004) and ISS Expedition 18 (Oct. 12, 2008-Apr. 8, 2009); 9 spacewalks, and 1 stint (May 16-June 1, 2011) on the final Space Shuttle Endeavor mission. So far, Astronaut Fincke has logged 381 days, 15 hours, and 11 minutes in orbit and 48 hours and 37 minutes on his 9 spacewalks. After graduating Pennsylvania’s Sewickley

flight hours in more than thirty different types of aircraft. In April 1996, Colonel Fincke was selected by NASA to go to the Johnson Space Center for special training. His service to NASA includes the following: an ISS Spacecraft Communicator, a member of the Crew Test Support Team in Russia, the ISS crew procedures team lead, backup crewmember for ISS Expeditions 4 and 6, and backup commander for ISS Expeditions 13 and 16. He Guest Column also served as commander Veterans Corner of the second NASA Environment Tony A. Blevins, Extreme Mission Operations mission CVSO that required him to live and work underwater for seven days in May of 2002. Colonel Fincke, his wife, University and joined the and their three children live in United States Air Force. In Houston, TX. His love for sci1993, he was awarded an ence, languages, learning, and Associate of Science Degree hard work has helped him sucin Earth sciences (geology) ceed. In addition to English, from El Camino College in he can speak Japanese and Torrance, CA. In 2001, he Russian. His record and skills earned a second Master of serve as examples for young Science Degree in physical people seeking careers in the (Sources: sciences (planetary geology) sciences. Pence from the University of; family emails; Ruth Pence) Houston at Clear Lake. For those that are interestFincke’s military career has taken him from space sys- ed, Ruth has provided a pictem engineer and space test ture of Colonel Fincke for engineer in Los Angeles to exhibition inside the Adams flight test engineer at Edwards County Court House display and Eglin Air Force Bases in case. For information about the U. S. to Japan where he served as U.S. Flight Test veterans’ benefits, visit the Liaison to the Japanese/United Veterans’ Service Office, 641 States XF-2 fighter program at Panhandle Ave., West Union, Gifu Air Base. Colonel Fincke OH, or phone 1-937-544has completed over 1,000 5005. Academy in 1985, Fincke attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on an Air Force ROTC scholarship. He graduated MIT in 1989 with two Bachelor of Science Degrees: one in aeronautics and astronautics and one in Earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences. In 1990, he earned a Master of Science Degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford

Thank You

I want to thank everyone who helped my mom (Bessie Baldwin) and me after the March 2 tornado. The Life Squad rescued mom from our overturned mobile home and transported us to Adams County Regional Medical Center, to the great staff there and at Christ Hospital who cared for mom unril her passing on March 10. Thanks to the Lafferty Funeral Home, Rev. Cliff Stevens, Mr and Mrs. George Walker (songs), the pallbearers, family and friends who attended, sent flowers, food, cards, or just thought of me that day. Special thanks to all friends, neighbors, family and others who aided in all the cleanup of debris and and trees, who donated equipment and time, repaired fences, fed cattle and all groups who donated furniture, food etc. The county, township and utility workers also. Even total strangers who just stopped to say a few words. I will never forget it. Sincere thanks Roy 'Curly' Baldwin

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West Union Mayor's Court Court Results from March 27 Larry Ward, West Union, Passing Bad Check, Fine $400.00, Court Cost $90.00 and Restitution $120.00. Ernest Young, West Union, Disorderly Conduct, Fine $100.00 and Court Cost $90.00. Sara Pirtle, West Union, Theft, Fine $400.00 and Court Cost $90.00. Sara Pirtle, West Union, Tresspassing Fine $50.00 No Court Cost. Thomas Phipps, Portsmouth Seat Belt, Fine $20.00 and Court Cost $90.00. Nathan Heck, West Union, No Operator's License, Fine $100.00 and Court Cost $90.00. Nathan Heck, West Union, West Union, Driving on the Wrong Side of the Roadway, Fine $100.00 No Court Cost. Dorothy Arrendale, West Union, Persist Disorderly Conduct, Fine $50.00 and Court Cost $90.00. Amber Young, Peebles, 53/35, Fine $30.00 and Court Cost $90.00.

Cases Waived by the Defendant Teresa Spires, Russellville, Passing Bad Check, $140.00 and Restitution $66.97. Brian Stephens, Sardinia, 52/35, $117.00. Thomas Elliott, West Union, Fail to Register, $110.00. Mark Adams, Portsmouth, 39/25, $114.00. Jill Humphrey, Peebles, 38/25, $113.00.

James Mitchell ll, Georgetown, Open Container, $150.00. Steven Davidson, Winchester, 48/35, $113.00. Bench Warrants Issued West Union Bryan Bradford Kasey Harper Cody Ross Corey Mack William Hayslip Lillian Unger Deseree Skaggs Joshua Royster Jeremy White Donald Waldron Mary Williams Bobby Cortijo Charles Fitzgerald Justin Baker Blue Creek Brenda Scott Manchester Margaret Murray Jennifer Applegate Brandon Layne Natasha Wright Peebles Charles Thomas Dustin Schneider Winchester Jessie Creighton Out of County Julie McKinney, Georgetown Michelle Ishmael, Aberdeen Anderana Truxton, Middletown Out Of State Sterling Householder, Wallingford, Ky. Nicholas Thomas, Maysville, Ky.

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Local Government

West Union Village Council

The West Union Village Council met in regular session at 7:00 p.m. on March 13, at the Municipal Building with Mayor Ted Grooms presiding. The pledge to the flag, call to order and roll call: John Lafferty, Steve Rothwell, Benny McCarty, Jason Buda (15 minutes late), Randy Brewer and Neil Morrison. Also in Attendance: Clerk Tanya Johnson, Treasurer Shelley Gifford, Village Administrator/Fire Chief Jerry Kirker, Police Chief Roy Stricklett, Solicitor Lisa Rothwell Copeland and visitor Steve Ogg. Ogg gave council a hand out for the total of earnings tax collected so far this year and there will be a news release for the filing: tax deadline date and times that Ogg will be available to help file the West Union earnings tax. Motion by Rothwell to accept the mayor appointment of Earnings Tax Board of Review Councilman Buda, Amy Vogler and Gary McGannon, seconded by Neil Morrison. Roll Call Vote: All yea, motion passed. Motion by Morrison to

approve the minutes of February 28, as distributed, seconded by Benny McCarty. Roll Call Vote: All yea, motion passed. Motion by Brewer to approve payments of bills submitted by McCarty. Roll Call Vote: All yea, motion passed. Motion by Morrison to accept the statement of receipts for Mayor's Court for the month of February for the net amount of $16,377.75, second by McCarty, Roll Call Vote: motion passed. Resolution 2012-4 to be recognized at council meetings prior notice must be given to the clerk by Friday at 11:00 a.m. before the next meeting, motion by Steve Rothwell, second by Morrison, Roll Call Vote: All yea, resolution passed. Ordinance 2012-1 to re-establish an Auxiliary Police unit, no motion or vote was needed for 2nd reading. Discussion on the South Street property, motion by Morrison to draft a letter to Dr. Parrett and Dr. Shupert on the settlement and agreement on the law suit, second by Brewer, Roll Call Vote: 5 yea, Lafferty abstain, motion passed. Discussion on the rental of a room in the Municipal Building for the Title Department, Adams

County Commissioners and no action was taken. Discussion on the tax levies to be placed on the ballot by August, Councilman Buda will be checking into this matter with the County Auditor and bring more information back to the next council meeting. The clerk spoke to council on the Matrix Company - to help with Workers Compenstion claims, council decided against going with this company. Discussion on the Liberty National Life Insurance Company, council decided no more payroll deductions at this time. Report from Village Administrator/Fire Chief Kirker. The warning sirens did not work during the recent storm, discussion on the cost of repair or a new siren. The mayor and council commended the West Union Fire Department, Police Department and EMS for a great job that was done during the storm. Holly Johnson is helping the village get a grant on the Sparks Street lift station. Progress is going on with the ODOT St. Rt. 41 project and Rock Springs slippage. Report from Police Chief Stricklett.

Discussions on Taser recertification and where it would be held. Remodeling the police Department for holding cells must meet State Fire Codes, the Solicitor will check into this matter. The mayor told council about the Capital Recovery , to collect the bench warrants, after some discussion, council wants to go forward with this company and a representative will be at the next council meeting. The Solicitor Copeland discussed the draft of the mutual aid contract, the new law suit Westminster Group, LLC. vs. West Union Water and Sewer Department and the law suit Kimberly vs. the Village of West Union. A police committee meeting was at the Municipal Building. Council member McCarty spoke to council about one of our officers becoming a fire arms instructor, the pOlice Committee will check into this matter. Council member Buda talked about new Zoning ordinace, unemployment and a computer for the mayor's office. Council member Brewer mentioned the employee's health insurance, no action was taken. Council member Morrison discussed some issues with signs in the village and the net working computer system, Kirker will check into this matter. Mayor Grooms brought up some concerns with the Summer Fest, the Solicitor will check into these matters. Motion by Rothwell to djourn, second by McCarty, Roll Call Vote: All yea, meeting adjourned.


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The Board of Adams County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, March 19, 2012 with the following members present: Brian Baldridge, Justin Cooper, and Roger Rhonemus. Clerk Diane Ward and Assistant Clerk Linda Mendenhall were also present. It was moved by Brian Baldridge and seconded by Roger Rhonemus to approve the minutes of the previous meeting. Vote: All yeas. John Newsome and John Hackworth met with the board to discuss the status of the Sunshine Ridge Waterline project. E.C.D. Director Holly Johnson was also present to discuss the project grant application. Jefferson Township Trustees Lawrence Shivener and Jack Lewis met with the board to discuss the status of the Sunshine Ridge Waterline project. E.C. D. Director Holly Johnson and Adams County Regional Water Director Rick Adamson were

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also present. ECD Director Holly Johnson met with the board to discuss the Jaybird Road Project right of entry railroad property, Clermont County EMA meeting, and CHIP public hearing. It was moved by Justin Cooper and seconded by Roger Rhonemus to approve the Barnes Sewer Phase II OWDA payment request #10 to Distel Construction in the amount of $181,819.69 upon the recommendation of E.C.D. Director Holly Johnson. Vote: All yeas. It was moved by Roger Rhonemus and seconded by Justin Cooper to approve the 2012 CHIP grant application upon the recommendation of E.C.D. Director Holly Johnson. Vote: All yeas. Sally Hayslip and Paul Hughes met with the board to discuss the McClanahan animal claim. It was moved by Roger Rhonemus and seconded by Justin Cooper to establish the McClanahan Animal Claim

Hearing for April 2, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Vote: All yeas. It was moved by Brian Baldridge and seconded by Justin Cooper to approve the bills. Vote: All yeas. It was moved by Brian Baldridge and seconded by Justin Cooper to approve the transfers and additional appropriations. Vote: All yeas. It was moved by Brian Baldridge and seconded by Roger Rhonemus to approve the following travel: G. Mitchell, W. Conn/Veterans Commission, Spring Conference, Dublin, OH, 4/13-14/12, $603.80, S. Hopkins, K. Eagleston, OCDA Symposium, Dublin, OH, 4/15-17/12, $831.16. Vote: All yeas. It was moved by Brian Baldridge and seconded by Justin Cooper to approve the CY 2013 Ohio Coordination Program O.D.O.T. grant application as submitted and upon the recommendation of Transportation Director Sally Hayslip. Vote: All yeas. Workforce Development

Director Debora Plymail and Assistant Director Angie Jamison met with the board to discuss the One-Stop ODJFS grant extension agreement, regional meeting scheduled for March 27th at the Endeavor Center, and the following state reductions in allocations: youth- 9%, adult8.5%, and dislocated worker15%. It was moved by Justin Cooper and seconded by Brian Baldridge to approve the Workforce Area #1 ODJFS One-Stop MOU extension agreement upon the recommendation of Workforce Development Director Debora Plymail. Vote: All yeas. Facilities Director Sally Hayslip met with the board to discuss building maintenance, HVAC RFQ/Energy Project, personnel “On call” situations, and a new phone system. It was moved by Roger Rhonemus and seconded by Justin Cooper to approve the JFS service contract by and between Adams County Job

& Family Services and the Adams County Sheriff for provision of welfare fraud investigative services to Adams County Job & Family Services upon the recommendation of JFS Director Sue Fulton. Vote: All yeas. Sprigg Township and Liberty Township returned documentation against the proposed Faith Road establishment. Engineer David Hook met with the board to review the following: Jaybird Road, guardrail project, Straight Creek Road has been reopened, storm damages Engineer facility damages - 3 bay doors, garage roof, and new office roof damages – approximately $30,000.00 in repairs. There were more private damages than public facility damages related to the storm, and the Transfer Station. It was moved by Brian Baldridge and seconded by Roger Rhonemus to approve the final resolution for the ODOT ADA Various Road

Guardrail Safety Project grant. Vote: All yeas. It was moved by Justin Cooper and seconded by Brian Baldridge to approve the Ohio Department of Transportation ADA CR Various Guardrail Safety Project PID No. 87835 agreement upon the recommendation of Engineer David Hook. Vote: All yeas. Kelly Babcock of Clemans Nelson Associates and Adams County Sheriff Kimmy Rogers met with the board to discuss the FOP contract negotiations. It was moved by Brian Baldridge and seconded by Roger Rhonemus to enter into Executive Session to discuss personnel with Sheriff Kimmy Rogers and Kelly Babcock at 11:40 a.m. Vote: Baldridge, yea, Cooper, yea, Rhonemus, yea. It was moved by Brian Baldridge and seconded by Roger Rhonemus to reconvene at 12:37 p.m. Vote: Baldridge, yea, Cooper, yea, Rhonemus, yea. Continued on page 8


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R2 – WEST UNION – Frame home with vinyl siding, 1411 SF living area, 3 BR, 1 bath, living room, eat-in kitchen with appliances, nat. gas furnace, C/A, 2-car det. garage with heat & A/C, 10x12 building. PRICE REDUCED TO $48,000. R4 – WEST UNION – Frame home with vinyl siding, 1020 SF living area, half finished full basement, 3 BR, 1 bath, living & family rooms, eat-in kitchen, gas furnace, heat pump, C/A, gas F/P, new windows, new floating floor, 1-car garage, fenced back yard. $84,900.

R38 – SEAMAN – Partial brick/vinyl sided home, 1188 SF living area plus full basement, 2 BR, 2 full baths, living room, kitchen & dining room, fuel oil furnace, C/A, F/P, hardwood floors, 2-car garage, 2 covered porches. PRICE REDUCED TO $102,900.

ground pool, 1160 SF pool house with open floor plan includes living room/rec. room, kitchen, full bath, laundry facilities & 2-car attached garage. $319,900.

R48 – WEST UNION – Frame home with vinyl siding, 2 BR, 1 bath, living room, kitchen with appliances, utility room, public water/sewer, 10x16 building. PRICE REDUCED TO $37,900.

R14 – WEST UNION – Brick/vinyl sided home, 1136 SF living area, 3 BR, 1 bath, living room eat-in kitchen with appliances, utility room, new elec. heat, new carpet, 1-cat att. garage, front porch, large back deck. PRICED REDUCED TO $72,500.

H12 – BLUE CREEK – 29.19 acres with log home, 1153 SF living area, 3 BR, 1 bath, living room, eat-in kitchen, fuel oil stove, county water, 40x72 barn and small barn. $129,900.

R16 – MANCHESTER – 2 apartments with 1 BR, 1 bath, living room, eat-in kitchen in each apt., elec. heat, city water/sewage. Apartments rent for $100/week per apt. Property also has 2 mobile home hook-ups. $49,900.

R50 – WEST UNION - Newly remodeled frame home with vinyl siding, 2 BR, 1 bath, living room, kitchen with nice cabinets, laundry room, basement, nat. gas furnace, city water/sewer, covered front porch, 12x12 storage barn, nice 1/4 acre lot. $44,900.

R18 – NEW LISTING – WEST UNION – Newly remodeled brick/vinyl sided home, 1080 SF living area, 3 BR, 1 bath, living room, eat-in kitchen, elec. furnace, county water, new flooring, carport, small barn. $74,900.

R54 – WEST UNION – Frame home with vinyl siding, 2 BR, 1 bath, living room, eat-in kitchen, elec. furnace, city water/sewer, small outbuilding. PRICE REDUCED TO $32,900. R60 – MANCHESTER – Brick home featuring 3151 SF living area, 3 BR, 2 full baths, living & family rooms, kitchen with appliances, dining room, basement, nat. gas heat, C/A, 2 F/P, hardwood & tile floors, 2-car garage, 2-car carport, patio. A MUST SEE – PRICED TO SELL AT $145,000. HOMES WITH ACREAGE

R24 – PEEBLES – INVESTMENT PROPERTY – Vinyl sided home built in 2005 with 3 apartments totaling 2940 SF (980 SF for each apt.), each apt. has 2 BR, 1 bath, living room, eatin kitchen with appliances, city water/sewer, each apt. currently rents for $450 per month. PRICE REDUCED TO $130,000. R26 – CHERRY FORK – Frame home with vinyl siding, 948 SF living area, 2 BR, 1 bath, living room, kitchen with appliances, dining room, gas furnace, heating stove, county water, enclosed back porch, 10x12 building, nice back yard, good space for garden. $31,000. MAKE OFFER. R30 – SEAMAN – Frame home with vinyl siding, 2 BR (could be 3), 1 bath, living room, eat-in kitchen with range, elec. heat, A/C, laminate flooring. Nice starter home or rental property in nice location. $39,500. R32 - PEEBLES - Frame home with vinyl siding, 1383 SF living area, 4 BR, 1 bath, living room, eat-in kitchen, gas furnace plus elec. heat, , small barn, home is in need of repair.


H8 - WEST UNION - 4.225 acres with DW, cabin, 2 barns, DW features 2 BR, 2 full baths, living room, kitchen, all appliances, elec. furnace, 12x24 screened-in porch, 1-car garage. Cabin features 1 BR, 1 bath, kitchen with lots of cabinets, acreage has woods and abundant wildlife. $84,000. H10 – WEST UNION - 7.387 acres in excellent location with 2584 SF brick/vinyl split level home featuring 3 BR, 3 1/2 baths, living room, kitchen & dining room, laundry room, 2-car att. garage & 2-car det. garage, 12x44 screened porch & 12x 44 covered porch, 12x27 deck, gazebo with hot tub, 16x32 in-

H30 – MANCHESTER – 1 ½ story brick home featuring 3426 SF living area plus full finished basement, 5 BR, 3 full baths, living room, kitchen with appliances, dining room, utility room, 2 nat.gas furnaces, 2 C/A units, gas F/P, hardwood & tile floors, 2-car att. garage, front porch, 2 decks, 18x36 in-ground pool, 18x32 pool house. This is one of the nicest homes in the county. PRICED TO SELL AT $289,900.

H14 – PEEBLES – Frame home with vinyl siding remodeled in 2010, 1428 SF living area, 3 BR, 2 full baths, living room, kitchen with appliances, dining room, elec. furnace, heat pump, fuel oil backup heat, C/A, 14x20 metal building, 12x20 apartment building finished all but plumbing with fuel oil furnace, carpet, laminate flooring. Property is 1.88 acres with creek, woods, 2 water taps. $79,900. H16 - WEST UNION - 4.88 acres with newly remodeled frame home with vinyl siding, 2204 SF living area, 3 BR, 2 full baths, living & family rooms, large kitchen with appliances, dining room, large laundry room, elec. furnace, heat pump, C/A, F/P, 1-car garage, 3 barns (40x40, 36x36, 40x24), pond. PRICE REDUCED TO $139,900. - MAKE OFFER. H18 - WEST UNION - 6.285 acres with 1997 DW with cedar siding, 1296 SF living area, 3 BR, 2 full baths, living room, kitchen & dining room, utility room, all appliances, elec. furnace, C/A, wood burning F/P, laminate flooring, new 24x18 det. garage, wrap-around deck, new metal roof, small barn, very nice location with view of Ohio Brush Creek. $99,000.

H2 - WEST UNION - Frame home with vinyl siding built in 2004, 1568 SF living area, 3 BR, 2 full baths, living room, kitchen & dining room, elec. furnace + wood stove tied into duct work, C/A, 28x40 det. garage with 14x40 lean-to, 12x14 shed. Home sets on 19.443 acres with approx 16 tillable acres & 2 1/2 acres of wood in very nice location. PRICE REDUCED TO $150,000. MOTIVATED SELLER. H6 – WEST UNION - 1.53 acres with very nice home built in 2008, 1640 SF living area, 4 BR, 2 full baths, living room, large kitchen with all new appliances, utility room, elec. heat, C/A, county water, laminate floors, 2-car att. garage, back deck. This home is tastefully decorated and is in a great location. $159,900.

H26 – WEST UNION - 3.4 acres with 1995 Fleetwood home, 1072 SF living area, 2 BR, 2 full baths, living room, eat-in kitchen with dishwasher, elec. furnace, C/A, county water, 2-car garage, large front porch, covered back deck, horse barn, building enclosing hot tub, property has small stream and several fruit trees. PRICE REDUCED TO $74,900. H28 – NEW LISTING – WEST UNION – 5.3 acres with 1991 Palm Harbor mobile home (14x70), 2 BR, 1 bath, living room, eatin kitchen, new elec. furnace, county water, front porch & back deck, 2 small barns. $59,900.

R6 – WINCHESTER – Frame home featuring 3 BR, large bath, living room, eat-in kitchen with appliances & new cabinets, large laundry room, elec. heat pump, C/A, 2-car garage, new 200 amp elec. service. PRICE REDUCED TO $74,900. R8 – PEEBLES – Frame home with vinyl siding, 1240 SF living area, 3 BR, 2 full baths, living & family room, eat-in kitchen with appliances, full finished basement, hardwood floors, city utilities, heat pump, nice .6 acre lot. $119,900.

boat dock, steps to river, all furniture stays with home + grill & picnic table, 8x10 building. $49,900.

H20 – WEST UNION – 30.87 acres with 1602 SF frame home with full basement, 3 BR, 2 full baths, living & family rooms, eatin kitchen, elec. furnace, C/A, F/P, county water, 3-car garage, patio, 2 barns (24x32 & 64x48). PRICE REDUCED TO $125,000. H22 – WEST UNION – 1997 DW, 1460 SF living area, 3 BR, 2 full baths, living room, kitchen with appliances, dining room, utility room, elec. furnace, C/A, public water, 2-car att. garage, front & back decks, nice location on 1 acre next to Adams Lake. PRICE REDUCED TO $98,500. H24 – STOUT – 1.387 acres located on Ohio River, 14x70 mobile home, 3 BR, 1 bath, living room, eat-in kitchen with appliances,

H32 – NEW LISTING – PEEBLES – 2.278 acres with 1998 Clayton mobile home (14x70), 2 BR, 2 full baths, living room, eatin kitchen with appliances, elec. furnace, heat pump, gas wall heater, C/A, county water, 28x48 garage, large front porch, carport, shed. $59,900. H36 – MANCHESTER – 1.289 acres joining Nature Conservancy with frame home with redwood siding, 1680 SF living area, 3 BR, 2 full baths, living room, kitchen with appliances, dining room, finished basement with kitchenette, utility room, rec. room, heat pump, C/A, wood stove, 2-car garage, large screened porch, storage shed. PRICE REDUCED TO $119,000. H40 – WEST UNION - This spectacular custom built country home is surrounded by 38 pristine acres of woods & meadows that feature a meandering stream & lots of wildlife. The best craftsmen in the area constructed this spacious & immaculate home that includes 5 BR, 4 full baths, 2 half baths, 4 F/P, and a completely finished basement. Lots of wood flooring, cabinetry, crown molding, and stunning finish work can be seen throughout. This home is elegant, yet warn and charming and provides the opportunity to live in a private setting that is only minutes from the county seat. Nature lovers will appreciate the woods along the sparkling stream, swinging in the breeze on the oversized front porch, or simply basking in the sunroom on a lazy summer day. Your family will enjoy the peace and joy of living in the most beautiful and scenic county in Ohio. By the way---Bring all your stuff!--A two-car att. garage and a large 4-car garage with huge overhead attic solves all storage problems! Impossible to completely describe---SEEING IS BUYING! $399,000. H42 – PEEBLES – 25+ acres with good hunting, deer stands, riding trails, frame home with new vinyl siding, new windows, some new carpeting, 1700 SF living area, 3 BR, 1 bath, living room, eatin kitchen, utility room, computer room, all appliances, elec. furnace, county water, hardwood floors, large deck, 3 barns, 2 horse stalls, located near Mineral Springs Lake. $99,900.


F2 – BLUE CREEK AREA – 23.3 acre farm with 1 ½ story frame home with vinyl siding, 2460 SF living area, 4 BR, 1 bath, living room, eat-in kitchen with appliances, elec. furnace, C/A, public water, 2 wells, 36x24 garage, 42x36 barn, 40x60 barn, 60x30 storage shed, cellar, pond, small creek. PRICE REDUCED TO $143,500. F4 – 102 Acre Farm at Cedar Mills – If privacy & seclusion is what you are looking for, this is the place for you. 102.41 acres located on a dead-end road. Approx. 75 acres are wooded & 25 acres are tillable making this the perfect place for hunting, ATV’s or just a great place for getting away from it all. Property includes a 100+ year old 2-story, 4 BR home with all utilities, 30x50 barn, 2 storage buildings (20x30, 10x16), 2 septic systems, all new fence. All of this for $289,000. F10 – BENTONVILLE AREA – 89.223 acre farm with approx. 70 tillable acres, Old 2336 SF farm house not in livable condition but could be rehabbed, 12x20 garage, 3 barns (48x36, 72x48, 28x26), corn crib. Good location, land could be farmed or developed. $311,500.

F14 – WEST UNION – 45 acres +/- in great location near schools, acreage is mostly level with approx. 12 acres of woods, 2 mobile homes which each rent for $350/month, both mobile homes have 3 BR, 1 bath, all appliances, county water, septic, storage building. $149,900. BUILDING LOTS

L8 – WEST UNION – 1 acre lot in good location, nice place for new home or mobile home, county water available. PRICE REDUCED TO $9,900.

L10 – WEST UNION – Very nice lot 0.706 acre lot in nice restricted subdivision, city water/sewage available, excellent spot for new home. $23,500.

V10 – BLUE CREEK – 16.631 wooded acres with water and septic, electric, creek, stocked pond. $34,000. V14 – WEST UNION AREA – 2 wooded acres on blacktop county road with over 300 feet of road frontage, county water available. $10,900.

L2 – WEST UNION – POSSIBLE OWNER FINANCING 1.429 acre lot close to town with water & electric available. PRICE REDUCED TO $12,500. OWNER WILL CONSIDER TRADE.

L14 – WEST UNION – ½ acre lot would be nice for mobile home or DW. $12,900.

V28 – MANCHESTER AREA – 10 partially wooded acres with county water available, excellent place to build a home nestled in the hills of Adams County. PRICE REDUCED TO $24,900.



L4 – WEST UNION – 1.006 acre town lot, utilities available, some woods. $8,500.

V4 – OTWAY AREA – 196 wooded acres. $195,000.

L5 – NEW LISTING – WEST UNION – 0.54 acre town lot, water/sewer available. $14,000. L6 – WEST UNION – Corner lot in good location within village, all utilities available, no restrictions. Nice spot to build home or apartments. PRICE REDUCED TO $7,999

V6 – PEEBLES – 7 acres with water & elec. available, great spot for new home, could be divided, 4 miles from SR 32. $38,000. V8 – WINCHESTER – Nice 3 acre building lot with 34x18 garage and 24x30 barn, city water/sewer, all contents go with property (tools, lawn mower, motorcycle, tiller etc.). $42,500.

B8 – PEEBLES – 1 acre lot with office building located in high traffic area in town. Property previously used as car lot. PRICED TO SELL AT $72,900. B18 – MANCHESTER – Large 2-story commercial building located on corner of Pike St. & Second St. (US 52), 2500+ SF on both floors. Building has previously been a hardware store but could be used for many types of business, also a storage area behind building, building has nat.gas furnace, C/A, city utilities. A good investment at $50,000.

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Adams County Commissioners

Continued from page 7 JFS Director Sue Fulton met with the board to discuss travel requests and personnel. It was moved by Brian Baldridge and seconded by Roger Rhonemus to enter into Executive Session at 1:09 p.m. to discuss personnel with JFS Director Sue Fulton. Vote: Baldridge, yea, Cooper, yea, Rhonemus, yea. It was moved by Brian Baldridge and seconded by Roger Rhonemus to reconvene at 1:20 p.m. Vote: Baldridge, yea, Cooper, yea, Rhonemus, yea. It was moved by Brian Baldridge and seconded by Justin Cooper to accept JFS employee Karen Jones’ resignation effective April 6, 2012 upon the recommendation of JFS Director Sue Fulton. Vote: All yeas.

It was moved by Roger Rhonemus and seconded by Justin Cooper to accept JFS employee Patricia Nelson’s resignation effective March 31, 2012 upon the recommendation of JFS Director Sue Fulton. Vote: All yeas. Clerk of Courts Gary Gardner met with the board to discuss the Passport Department and Clerk of Courts budget. It was moved by Brian Baldridge and seconded by Justin Cooper to approve the new 9-1-1 Dispatch system agreement with Frontier upon the recommendation of 9-1-1 Director Donnie Swayne. Vote: All yeas. ECD Director Holly Johnson met with the board to obtain approval of the Jaybird Road Project temporary right of entry from the Norfolk

Southern Railway Company for March 26 through April 1, 2012. It was moved by Brian Baldridge and seconded by Justin Cooper to approve the Jaybird Road Project Norfolk Southern Railway Company Temporary Right of Entry for the period of March 26 through April 1, 2012 upon the recommendation of ECD Director Holly Johnson. Vote: All yeas. Assistant Prosecutor Dana Whalen met with the board to discuss legal issues. John DeHass submitted a petition for altering/improving Mouth Hollow and Tracy Run roadways located within Green Township. It was moved by Brian Baldridge and seconded by Roger Rhonemus to adjourn at 3:39 p.m. Vote: All yeas.

Bac Home Loans and Countrywide Home Loans to HUD, 5.008 acres, Liberty Twp. Richard and Velynda Jaffe to Richard Jaffe Trust, Velynda Jaffe Trust and Richard and Velynda Jaffe Trust, 23.52 acres, Sprigg Twp. Levia Jane Hawn to Rex L. Hawn, Peebles Village. Lovell Wilkerson Sr. to Patsy and Terry Rehing, 4.01 acres, Green Twp. Martha L. Glenn to Ruth Ann Ramey Special Needs Trust and Marie Hoover Trustee, 1.84 acres, Scott Twp. Willard Kenneth Kiskadden Sr. to Chad Leadingham, 0.54 acres, Manchester Village. D&P to Jack L. and Kay Kimble Kerns, 3.446 acres, Liberty Twp. Alice E. Michael Trustee and Michael Family Trust to David G. Michael, 81.0817 acres, Scott Twp. Mark A. and Tracy L. Freeland to Mark A. Freeland Trustee, Mark A. Freeland Trust, Tracy L. Freeland

Trustee and Tracy L. Freeland Trust, 2.05 acres, Winchester Village. Mark A. Freeland Trustee, Mark A. Freeland Trust, Tracy L. Freeland Trustee and Tracy L. Freeland Trust to Greta A. Freeland, 1.564 acres, Wayne Twp. Ty Pell and Jene Pell to Joe Lee and Carolyn Easter, 13.104 acres Rome Village and 1.166 acres Green Twp. Wilbur Michael and Nadine D. Leeds to Wilbur Michael and Nadine D. Leeds, 4.965 acres, Jefferson Twp. Thomas H. and Diane Palmer to Anthony R. and Karen Ashley Day, 2.96 acres, Meigs Twp. Diana L. and Barry Wolford, Gregory S. and Rachel Shupert to Gregory F. and Lisa D. Young, Lot 22, Seaman Village. Timothy R. and Vickie Bivens, Vickie Riggs to Timothy R. and Vickie Bivens, 2.294 acres, Green Twp. George L. Wilson Jr. to Ralph L. Short Estate, 59.362 acres, Liberty Twp.

Patricia Haws to Ralph L. Short Estate, 59.362 acres, Liberty Twp. Tina Day to Ralph L. Short Estate, 59.362 acres, Liberty Twp. Jeff L. and Kim R. Brune to Jerry J. and Lorri D. Jenkins, 46.37 acres, Franklin Twp. Stephen K., Carol Jeffrey M., and Christina Thatcher, Karen L. and David Waits, Joyce A. and Delloyd Brown, Jennifer K. and Michael Fischer, Cathy E. and Stephen Calvert to Tristan J. and McKenzie R. Grooms, 37.771 acres, Winchester Twp. and 102.388 acres Scott Twp. John H. and Paulette Condon to Nathan D. and Courtney Colvin, Lot 5, Manchester Village. REO Distribution LLC, to Billy Joe and Melissa Ann Murphy, 10.002 acres, Tiffin Twp. Jack Franklin to Elbert England, Lot 26, Cherry Fork Village.

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Piatt Overall State Winner Lauren Piatt, 5th grader at North Adams Elementary School, is the current "Overall State Winner" for the Ohio Severe Weather Safety poster contest. Lauren is pictured with her winning poster and traveling trophy. The students in Mrs. Stapleton's art class have started their posters for the 2012 contest and will submit their work in April for judging by the National Weather Service in Wilmington. If chosen, those students who are selected for regionals, will go on to State Competition at the Ohio State Fair in August, where they can win lots of prizes.

Pictured: All County Band

Joan Wittenmyer McCoy Memorial Art Awards

Pictured: CTC Culinary Arts - (L/R): Isabella Curd-Smith and Kristen Peach

Pictured Joan Wittenmyer McCoy Art Award First Place (L/R): Mr. Jim McCoy, Larry Tadlock and Travis Combs Manchester High School.

Pictured: Tim Lewis Scholarship - Mr. Scott Amen and Kassidy Stricklett, Manchester High School. �

Pictured: Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition - Beth McElwee, Peebles High School Art Instructor Becky Basford, ACHWC

Pictured: Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition Beth McElwee Peebles High School Art Instructor Becky Basford ACHWC and Courtney McCane Peebles High School Art Student.

� Pictured: John Penn Peebles High School

Art Student.

� Pictured: Courtney McCane Peebles High

School Art Student.

As guests entered the school, they were greeted with a smile by county students and given a program created by Linda Nichols. Mike and Paulette Roberts and Rosemary Boden, of the Adams County Arts Council, graciously hosted a reception during the festival. Guests viewed the outstanding artwork of talented students from all four county high schools. The inspiring art instructors from each building are Larry Tadlock MHS, Vicky Chaboude NAHS, Beth McElwee PHS, Rhonda Willett WUHS and Karen Cunningham WUJHS. ACOV Superintendent Rodney Wallace and MLSD Superintendent Robert Ralstin welcomed all in attendance, emphasizing the mutual goal of providing opportunities for students to develop their musical, artistic, culinary and creative writing skills. Mr. Jim McCoy presented the Joan Wittenmyer McCoy Art Awards and Scott Amen presented the Tim Lewis Fine Arts Scholarship. New this year was a presentation by the Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition (ACHWC) to Peebles High School students Courtney McCane and John Penn. These students designed the new logo for the (ACHWC). Their design was chosen from more than 20 entries from students throughout Adams County. The All County Band performed several selections under the direction of guest band director Jay Garey. Mr. Garey is currently in his 28th year of teaching and is the Director of Bands in the Miami Trace Local School System, located in Washington Court House, Ohio. Prior to this, he was the band director for the Hillsboro City Schools for eleven years and started his teaching career in the Ohio Valley Local School system, at Manchester High School. Mr. Garey received his Bachelor of Music Education from Mount Union College, and graduate work from The University of Dayton and The University of Wisconsin. He resides in Leesburg, Ohio with his wife of 21 years, Tammie, who is an Art teacher in the Fairfield Local School District. Following the band concert, the choir performed under the direction of WUHS Choir instructor Beth Huntley. Mrs. Huntley is currently in her twenty-third year of education with sixteen of those being in the Adams County Ohio Valley Schools. Mrs. Huntley received her Bachelor of Music Education at the Ohio State University in 1988 and her Masters in School Counseling at Xavier University in 1993. She spent eight years at the Ohio Valley Career and Technical Center as the high school counselor before her career as the choir instructor at WUHS. Beth enjoys singing and playing contemporary Christian music and has recorded several projects. She loves spending time with her husband, Jerry, and children Christian and Tanner. Mrs. Huntley was accompanied by pianist Nancy Schneider, WUES vocal music instructor. The first selection, Festival Sanctus, was highlighted with a student handbell choir. Several students were featured soloists during the evening’s performance. Soloists in Baba Yetu were Eli Bedel, WUHS; Austin Johnson, NAHS; Chris Poynter, WUHS; and Sarrah Woodall, NAHS. Featured soloists in He Never Failed Me Yet were Casey Baldridge, NAHS; Crista Florence, MHS; Hannah Hendrix, WUHS; Ashley Howe, PHS; and Kassidy Stricklett, MHS.

Pictured Joan Wittenmyer McCoy Art Award Second Place (L/R): Rhonda Willett, Mary Hill West Union High School and Mr. Jim McCoy.

Pictured High School Art Instructors: Front Larry Tadlock Manchester High School. (L/R): Mr. Jim McCoy, Beth McElwee Peebles High School, Rhonda Willett West Union High School and Vicky Chaboude North Adams High School. Travis is the son of David and Veronica Combs. The second place award of $200 went to Mary Hill of West Union High School. Mary’s entry was “French Horn.” She has received a $21,000 talent-based scholarship to attend Capital University to major in vocal performance with an emphasis in Music Theatre/Opera. Mary is the daughter of Ron and Kathie Hill. Third place and $100 was awarded to Kaiden Cox of Manchester High School for his work “Face.” Kaiden plans on enlisting in the Navy after graduation. Kaiden is the son of Steve Cox and Melania Cox. Mr. Jim McCoy graciously presented each of the senior high school art teachers with a check for $150.

Pictured Joan Wittenmyer McCoy Art Award Third Place: (L/R): Mr. Jim McCoy, Larry Tadlock and Kaiden Cox Manchester High School.

The All-County Arts & Music Festival on March 28, 2012, at West Union High School, was the scene for the presentation of the sixth annual Joan Wittenmyer McCoy Memorial Art Awards. These awards were established by her husband, Jim McCoy. Both he and his late wife were former residents of Adams County. Mr. McCoy established a total of seven awards to be presented to three outstanding senior art students and each of the four senior high school art instructors. The student works were exhibited and judged prior to the AllCounty Arts & Music Festival. The first place award of $300 was presented to Travis Combs of Manchester High School with a work entitled “Lightbulb.” He plans on attending college to study Health and Exercise Science and then Physical Therapy.

Adams County Jr. Dairymen Elect 4-H Officers for 2012

Reporter Maddie Toole Adams County Jr. Dairymen 4-H Club had their second meeting February 5, 4:00 p.m. at the Cherry Fork Community Center. Officers elected for this year are: President- Jessica Wright, Vice President- Makayla Jodrey, Secretary- Brooklyn Young, Treasurer- Jennah Wright, News Reporter- Maddie Toole, Health and Safety Officers- Mackenzie Toole and Morgan Faul, and Recreation Coordinators- Jayden Hesler and Andrew Brand.


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