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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Local people...........Serving Adams County! Joint Investigation Leads to Arrest Warrant Served while man was making Meth of Suspect in Multiple B&E's 12 - 118

Brown County Sheriff Dwayne Wenninger reported that on March 4, the Brown County Sheriff’s Office received a report of two businesses being broken into near Sardinia. Sheriff Wenninger said that the Five Points Animal Hospital near Sardinia and Kendall Tire near Macon had both been broken into. Sheriff Wenninger stated that the audible alarm at the Five Points Animal Hospital evidently scared away the suspect(s) prior to anything being stolen. It was also discovered that Kendall Tire had also been broken into a short time later and the suspect(s) had taken property and money from the business. Sheriff Wenninger stated that an ongoing investigation with the Brown County Sheriff’s Office and the Adams County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in one felony charge of Breaking and Entering being filed against Christopher Tolle, 23, of Peebles. Tolle was arrested March 12 and taken to the Brown County Adult Detention Center where he remains in custody on a $5,000.00 bond. Sheriff Wenninger stated that additional felony charges are pending against Tolle and

Christopher Tolle possibly other suspect(s) involved in the Breaking and Entering Thefts.

NWS Releases Report on Adams County Tornadoes

The Winchester Police Department served a warrant from an indictment for Trafficking of Drugs through the Adams County Common Pleas Court on Friday, March 9. Police Chief Greg Caudill, Officers Brent James and Matthew Nicholas went to 2063 Tri County Road, Winchester to serve the warrant on a male subject named Mark Koller. As the Winchester Police Department arrived at the address the officers knocked on the door where Koller was believed to have been living. It was believed that Koller was living in the back of the residence in a garage. Koller answered the door and an odor emitting from the building indicated a methamphetamine lab was in use. Koller was quickly placed under arrest for the warrant along with the detention of further investigation of the methamphetamine lab. The structure was then secured for additional authorities to be dispatched for assistance. The Adams County Sheriff's Office, the Winchester Fire Department and Life Squad responded to the scene. A search warrant was obtained by the Winchester Police Department through the Adams County Prosecutor's Office so the location could be searched and the dangerous items could be secured properly and further investigation. The dangerous items were secured properly by officers and further analysis will be conducted.

Mark Koller Koller was lodged in the Adams County Jail on Trafficking Drug charges and also will be following indictments through the Adams County Common Pleas Court by Winchester Police Department for the Manufacturing of Methamphetamine. The Winchester Police Department would like to thank the Adams County Sheriff's Office, the Adams County Prosecutors Office and the Winchester Fire and EMS for their assistance.

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The National Weather Service released the preliminary findings from damage surveys conducted by the National Weather Service regarding the three confirmed tornadoes from Friday, March 2, storms. The three tornado's that struck Adams County were confirmed in West Union and Seaman areas. The report shows that a tornado warning was issued at 5:08 p.m. and a confirmed tornado was in West Union. The estimated time was at 5:30 p.m. The Enhanced Fujita Scale Rating was classified as an EF-0. The estimated wind speed was 75 m.p.h. The Maximum path width was 25 yards and a path of 50 yards. At 5:15 p.m. a tornado warning was issued for the Seaman area and the estimated time of the tornado was 5:25 p.m. The Enhanced Fujita Scale Rating was classified as an EF-1. The estimated wind speed was 100 m.p.h. The maximum path width was 400 yards and a path length was 3.0 miles. The tornado touched down in an open field west of Greenlee Road about 1.2 miles northwest of Seaman. The damage was a nearby pole barn which partially collapsed. The tornado moved in a trajectory position snapping and uprooting numerous trees and large branches along Greenlee Road. Tin building material from a barn was deposited. Additional tree damage continued into a grove of trees along Mt Leigh Road. The tornado crossed State Route 247 north of it's intersection with Mt. Leigh

Road about a mile north of Seaman. A roof was partially removed from a single story home on the east side of the highway. Directly behind this home had two pole barns sustained heavy damage. Further aerial survey from the east revealed continuous heavy tree damage along West Fork Ohio Brush Creek. Tornadic damage culminated with the destruction of out buildings and roof damage to a single story home on State Route 770 just west of it's intersection with Old State Route 32. All of the damage is consistent with an EF-1 tornado with wind speeds between 90-100 m.p.h Another tornado warning was issued at 5:32 p.m. The estimated time of the tornado was at 5:33 p.m. The Enhanced Fujita Scale Rating was classified as an EF-2 with estimated wind speeds of 125 m.p.h. The maximum path width was 0.25 miles and a path length of 11 miles. At least five mobile homes were destroyed, two homes damaged, one brick home damaged. A dozen cattle killed and major power Transmission poles knocked over. The Enhanced Fujita Scale Classifies Tornadoes into the following categories. EF0...Wind Speeds 65 TO 85 M.P.H. EF1...Wind Speeds 86 TO 110 M.P.H. EF2...Wind Speeds 111 TO 135 M.P.H. EF3...Wind Speeds136 TO 165 M.P.H. EF4...Wind Speeds 166 TO 200 M.P.H. EF5...Wind Speeds Greater Than 200 M.P.H.

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The Monroe Township Fire Department paid their last respects to Captain David Patrick Towner, Sr. Captain Towner, has been a fireman for 23 years and passed away Monday, March 12 at the V.A. Medical Center in Cincinnati. He was laid to rest Friday, March 16 at the Manchester Cemetery. Where the Fireman's Funeral was carried out. The Adams County Communications dispatched the "Final Call" at 12:12 p.m. for Station 14 Monroe Township Fire

Department Captain David Towner which concluded with the dispatcher saying, "May you rest in peace." The Monroe Township Fire Department, Manchester Fire Department, Peebles Fire Department and the Washington Township Fire Department was involved in the funeral possession that went from West Union down State Route 247 south past the Monroe Township Fire Department then turning onto US Route 52 to the Manchester Cemetery.

Temperatures Feel Like May

Resurfacing Project on St Rt 32 Set To Begin Construction Slated For Early April A construction project on state Route 32 in Adams County is set to begin, with contractors for the Ohio Department of Transportation mobilizing crews early next month. According to ODOT District 9 Deputy Director Vaughn Wilson, crews from the Shelly Company will be resurfacing an approximately 6.5-mile section of the route between the Adams-Brown County line and state Route 247 at Seaman. The project also

includes upgrading the existing parapets and transitions for a pair of bridge structures, replacing expansion joints and replacing guardrail. The project is scheduled to begin Monday, April 2 and throughout construction, traffic will be maintained in a minimum of one lane in each direction. The Shelly Company, of Gallipolis, was awarded a contract in the amount of approximately $3.8 million to complete the project and all work should be completed by late October.

The Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a high probability for temperatures to remain above normal over the next couple weeks. In fact, temperatures over the course of the next week will be more like the middle of May, with highs in the 70's and lows in the 50's! The risk of major flooding in the spring is low for

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The following obituaries are on page 3 of this week’s edition: David

Patrick Towner, Sr. and Betty Cooper.

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Thefts from Brown County Churches March for Meals Proclamation

Jamie D. Prokop

Christina Laub

Brown County Sheriff Dwayne Wenninger reported that the Brown County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Unit received information from the Pierce Township Police Department concerning a van that was seen on the security tapes from the Living Church of Five Mile during an attempted theft of their central air unit earlier in the year on Friday, January 13. The information led investigators to the suspect, Jamie D. Prokop, 41, of Amelia. Prokop was arrested on March 7 and is currently incarcerated at the Brown County Adult Detention Center on a $10,000.00 bond. Prokop has also been charged in the Breaking and Entering and Theft of another central air unit from the First Baptist Church of Fayetteville which occurred last year on October 16, 2011. The Brown County Sheriff’s Office has filed felony Breaking and Entering and Theft charges against Christina Laub, 25, of Amelia, who was also involved in the Breaking & Entering and Thefts from the churches. Laub remains at large at this time. Anyone with information as to her whereabouts are asked to contact the Brown County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Unit at 937-378-4435 Ext. 130.

Open House at Heritage Center

Pictured Front Row (L/R): Commissioners Brian Baldridge, Roger Rhonemus and Justin Cooper. Back Row L/R: Denise Neu, ABCAP Senior Nutrition, Alvin Norris, Executive Director, ABCAP and Elaine Cady, ABCAP Senior Nutrition. The Adams County Commissioners have declared this month “March for Meals” month. For 38 years, the ABCAP Senior Nutrition Program has provided hot, nutritious meals to homebound seniors all over Adams County.

Seaman Woman Awarded Child Care Credential Harlene Thompson of Seaman, Ohio and Home Visitor for the Adams Brown Early Head Start, has been awarded a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential in recognition of outstanding work with young children. The Council for Professional Recognition in Washington DC awards credentials to early childhood educators who demonstrate the ability to constructively work with young children in group settings. “It takes special knowledge, skills, and expertise to be an effective teacher of young children,” says Valora Washington, CEO of the Council. “It’s a great honor to earn a CDA and shows a commitment to quality early childhood education.” The CDA is a nationally recognized credential for excellence in early childhood education. Each CDA candidate is observed working with young children and is assessed on their ability to develop the

Harlene Thompson physical, emotional, and intellectual capabilities of young children. For more information, about Early Head Start, call 877-582-2140 or 937-373-0106

Bradford Sentenced to year of incarceration The Adams County Historical Society will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, March 24, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Take a tour of all the facilities on the grounds and enjoy a free supper. Soup, sandwiches and desserts will be offered as well as musical

entertainment. The center includes a genealogical collection, museum, post office and a log house. The Heritage Center is located at 507 North Cherry Street, West Union. For more information call 544-8522.

Adams County Prosecuting Attorney David Kelley announced last week the sentencing of Amy Bradford, of Manchester, for violating her terms of community control. Bradford had previously been convicted of Possession of Heroin. Bradford appeared in the Adams County Court of Common Pleas on March 9. Judge Brett M.

Spencer sentenced her to one year of incarceration in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. Prosecutor Kelly would like to thank the Adams County Probation Department for their efforts that resulted in the successful disposition of this case.

Steve Maurer, the Ohio Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, would like to announce that FSA and the Risk Management Agency (RMA) have established common acreage reporting dates for producers participating in FSA and RMA programs. “For Ohio producers, this means the number of acreage reporting dates will decrease from five to four, stated Maurer.” Beginning in 2012 burley tobacco, spring cabbage (planted 3/15-5/31), corn, grain sorghum, hybrid corn seed, spring oats, popcorn, potatoes, soybeans, sugar beets, tomatoes, and all other crops not listed elsewhere will have a July 15 acreage reporting date. Summer cabbage (planted 6/01-7/20) will have an August 15 acreage reporting date. Beginning in 2013 January 15 will be the

acreage reporting date for apples and grapes. December 15 will be the acreage reporting date for fall barley, fall wheat, and any other fallseeded small grains. "These common dates between FSA and RMA will reduce some of the reporting burden on producers and allow USDA agencies to share similar data. This change does not reduce or modify the programs or services that RMA or FSA provides, but will enable most crop insurance agents and FSA County office staff to collect information in a more uniform and efficient manner, stated Maurer.” For more information on the common acreage reporting dates for 2012 and 2013, please contact USDA office at 807 North East Main Street, West Union, or call 544-2033.

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March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and Venture Productions, Inc./ Adams County DD is celebrating it with an Open House on Thursday, March 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Venture Productions is located at 11516 State Route 41, West Union. The public is invited to stop in any time between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and discover all the good things that is happening at your Board of DD.

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Adams County Sheriff Intake and Release Report March 9 - 15 Danielle Yvonne Brooks, 30, West Union, Probation Detainer. Booked 3/12 Released 3/15. George Broughton, 33, Seaman, Disorderly Conduct. Booked 3/11 Released 3/12. Jennifer E. Carr, 27, Pedro, Fail to Comply w/Rail Connection order. Booked 3/13 Released 3/15. Chad M. Conley, 34, Winchester, Probation Detainer. Booked 3/14. Jared A. Copas, 30, West Union, Probation Detainer. Booked 3/9. Chad E. Davidson, 28, West Union, Aggravated Trafficking. Booked 3/9 Released 3/15. Winston R. Delk, 20, Seaman, Probation Detainer. Booked 3/11. Brandi L. Edinger, 24, West Union, Trafficking Heroin. Booked 3/11 Released 3/15. Derek Matthew Edinger, 25, West Union, Trafficking Heroin. Booked 3/11 Released 3/15. Michael A. Eldridge, 44, West Union, Breaking and Entering, Theft. Booked 3/11. Logan Joseph Elkins, 19, Manchester, Underage Consumption. Booked 3/13 Released 3/13. John Wilson Embree, 28, Piketon, Unauthorized use of vehicle, Theft in Office. Booked 3/14. Chad Allen Francis, 22, Lynx, Trafficking in Drugs Heroin. Booked 3/11 Released 3/15.

Michael Paul Gibson, 46, Peebles, Probation Detainer. Booked 3/10. Joshua T. Goslin, 33, Winchester, Aggravated Trafficking Drugs. Booked 3/9. Shannon B. Grooms, 35, Seaman, Trafficking in Drugs. Booked 3/12 Released 3/13. Patricia A. Groves, 37, Manchester, Probation Detainer. Booked 3/9. Melissa S. Harman, 32, West Union, Failure to Appear on Misdemeanor Charge. Booked 3/11. Mark A. Harp Jr., 32, Manchester, Felonious Assault. Booked 3/9. Rick C. Hignite, 66, Peebles, Failure to Appear. Booked 3/14. Andrew Ray Hughes, 27, West Union, Trafficking in Drugs - Heroin. Booked 3/13. Gary Lee Jones, 32, West Union, Failure to Appear on Misdemeanor Charge. Booked 12/8/11 Released 3/9/12. Shandi R. Kidder, 21, West Union, Illegal Assembly of Chemicals for Manufacturing of Drugs. Booked 3/9 Released 3/12. Mark S. Koller, 48, Winchester, Aggravated Trafficking. Booked 3/9. Gregory Alan Manchester, 45, Manchester, Driving Under Suspension. Booked 3/5 Released 3/9. Jason J. Nehus, 27, West Union, Violating Protection Order. Booked 3/12.

Jason William Perry, 29, Manchester, Illegal Assembly of Chemicals for Manufacturing of Drugs. Booked 3/9. Michael L. Perry, 36, McDermit, Failure to Appear on Misdemeanor Charge. Booked 3/9. Gretchen R. Roberts, 32, Winchester, Trafficking in Drugs - Heroin. Booked 3/9. Thomas M. Scott, 26, Peebles, Assault. Booked 3/10 Released 3/11. Sharon Nicole Sites, 25, West Union, Trafficking in Drugs. Booked 3/11 Released 3/15. Heather Marie Tankersley, 32, Peebles, Theft, Violating Protection Order and Driving Under Suspension. Booked 3/10 Released 3/12. Daryl K. Thompson, 49, Peebles, Drug Abuse. Booked 3/9 Released 3/15. Denise R. Thornberry, 45, West Union, Trafficking in Drugs. Booked 3/12 Released 3/15. Christopher William Tolle, 23, Peebles, Theft. Booked 3/7 Released 3/12. Gregory C. Turner, 42, Peebles, Non-support and Probation Detainer. Booked 3/13. Mark Allen Walls, 37, Piketon, Failure to Appear on a Misdemeanor Charge. Booked 2/18 Released 3/9. Charles Clifton Wilson, 31, West Union, Breaking and Entering. Booked 3/7 Released 3/12.

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Obituaries David Patrick Towner Sr.

David Patrick Towner, Sr., 63, of Monroe Twp., died Monday, March 12, at the V.A. Medical Center in Cincinnati. He was born May 3, 1948, in Maysville, Ky. He was preceded in death by his father, James Gordon Towner, Jr. He is survived by son, David Patrick (Brandi) Towner Jr. of Loveland, daughter Maria Diane May of Aberdeen, mother Frances (Hurley) Towner of Monroe Twp., six brothers Dan (Lana) Towner of Maysville, Ky., Denis Towner of Sprigg Twp., Joseph Towner of Monroe Twp., Chris (Jonda0 Towner of New Vienna, Mike (Lisa) Towner of Fayetteville, pat (Diana) Towner of Navarre, Fl., Elaine (Ray) DeColibus ofCircleville, Angela (RicK) Moreno of Frankfort, Ky., six grnadchildren, one great grandchild, one aunt Marian Hurley of Monroe Twp. and many nephews, nieces and cousins. He was a former truck driver for Monroe Twp. and a volunteer fireman for Monrue Twp. for 23 years. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam Era, a member of the National Guard in Alaska and Ohio and a member of the V.F.W. Richard L. Dryden Post 8287 in Manchester. He was a 1966 Graduate of West Union High School. Memorial contributions may be made to Monroe Twp. Volunteer Fire Department, 3555 Island Creek Rd., Manchester, Oh. 45144 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Ok. 731123-1718. The Mass of Christian Burial was March 16, at the Holy Catholic Church in West Union. Father Ted Kosse officiated. The interment was at the Manchester Cemetery. TheAdams County Honor Guard performed a military service. Lafferty Funeral Home served the family.

Betty Cooper

Betty Cooper, 72 years of Rarden, passed away Friday, March 9, at Southern Ohio Medical Center Hospice. She was born in Rarden, on December 13, 1939 the daughter of the late Harry and Cloa (Boyd) George. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Dwain Cooper, who passed away in 1996. Betty was a member of the Rarden Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, Rarden Historical Booth, Rarden Senior Citizens, and Rarden Town Council. She is survived by two sons and daughter-in-law Randy and Carolyn Cooper of Sardinia and Kennie Cooper of Rarden, two daughters and sons-in-law Penny and Bill Condo of Sardinia and Becky and Scott Campbell of Rarden, three sisters Freddie Dunaway, Fannie Moore, and Veronica Koch all of Portsmouth, 8 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 15, at the Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home in Peebles andTim Throckmorton officiated. Burial followed in the Locust Grove Cemetery. To sign our online guest book, visit us at

Larry “Joe” Clinger

Larry "Joe" Clinger passed away on Saturday, March 17, 2012, at Meadowview Regional Medical Center. Joe was born December 16, 1948, in Bentonville, Ohio, to the late William Thomas and Anna Gladys (Beam) Clinger. He was a US Army Veteran, an employee of the Manchester Baking Company and the Copeland Corporation. Joe had an Associate Degree in Business Management. He attended the Church of Christ Christian Union in Bentonville, was a member of the FOE Aerie 2232 and the Matthews Carter American Legion Post 325 where he served as Commander for several years. Joe is survived by his daughter, Tracy Clinger of Raleigh, NC, five grandchildren, a brother, Robert (Beverly) Clinger of West Carrollton, OH and three sisters, Eva Green of Manchester, OH, Freda Brownlee of Sabina, OH and Mae (Ed) Meade of Cincinnati, OH. The Funeral Service will be held at Noon on Wednesday, March 21 at Wilson Home for Funerals with Rev Dale Little officiating and burial in Manchester Cemetery. Graveside military rites by the Adams County Honor Guard. Visitation will be on Tuesday evening from 6-8pm at the funeral home Friends and family may sign an online guestbook at

Community News/Events The Manchester Local Board of Education will meet in special session on March 21, at the Manchester High School at 6:30 p.m. for personnel issues. Adams, Brown, Clermont & Highland County Farm Bureaus will be holding their annual Worker's Comp Safety Meeting from 9:0011:00 a.m., Thursday, March 22 in Rhonemus Hall on the Brown County Fairgrounds, 325 West State Street, Georgetown. Speakers and subjects for the event are: Margie Paeltz "Emergency Preparedness on the Farm"'; Ohio State Highway Patrol "Operating Equipment Safely" and Becky Cropper "Farm Safety". There is no charge to attend, however reservations are required. The reservation deadline is Thursday, March 15. Please call 937-378-2212 or 888-378-2212 to make your reservations or if you have any questions. The West Union Presbyterian Church will have free community supper on Tuesday, March 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 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. 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.

30th Annual SeniorCitizens Art Show and Essay/Poetry Contest Announced Call for Entries - Residents Age 55 or Older Encouraged to Participate Are you age 55 or older with a talent for art or poetry/essay writing? If so, the Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. (AAA7) encourages you to participate in its 30th Annual Senior Citizens Art Show and Essay/Poetry Contest that is approaching soon. This year’s event will be held May 14 - 18 and May 21 - 25 at the Esther Allen Greer Museum and Gallery located on the campus of the University of Rio Grande in Rio Grande, Ohio. Anyone who is 55 years of age or older and a resident of Ohio may participate. The Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. requests no more than three entries in the Art Show per participant, and one entry per person in each category for the Essay/Poetry Contest. In addition, all Art Show entries must be suitable for wall display. Those who wish to indicate their work is for sale may do so. Art entries must be no larger than two feet by two and a half feet, including the frame. Examples of art categories that may be entered in the Contest include acrylic, charcoal, counted cross stitch, mixed media, oil, pastels, pencil, and photography. Judging themes include abstract, animals and birds, cartoons, floral, landscape, portraits (humans), seascape, and still life. Artwork can be submitted through your local Senior Citizens Center in the ten counties included in the AAA7’s

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until 3:00 pm at the Esther Allen Greer Museum and Gallery. All participants, their guests, and Museum and Gallery visitors will be welcome to attend. For more details about the Art Show and Essay/Poetry Contest and/or to request an application, please call toll-free at 1-800-582-7277 or e-mail

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District (Adams, Brown, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton) up until Monday, April 16, 2012, or the AAA7 Administrative Offices located on the campus of the University of Rio Grande by Monday, April 23, 2012. Essay and Poetry entries should be no more than 1,000 words in length and if possible, should be typed. There is no subject for entries and participants are asked to be creative. Essay and Poetry entries must be submitted to the Area Agency on Aging District 7 Office no later than April 23, 2012. If interested in submitting an entry, participants are asked to mail two copies of their entry to: Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc.; Attn: Jenni Dovyak-Lewis; F32-URG, PO Box 500; Rio Grande, Ohio 45674. Those who are interested in either submitting an artwork or essay/poetry entry must obtain an application and rules form which is located on the Agency’s website at Once at the site, click on the “AAA7 Information” link. Click next on the “Special Events” link and then “Art Show and Poetry/Essay Contest”. Here, you will find a flyer and application form for the event. You may also call the AAA7 toll-free at 1-800-5827277 to request a form mailed to your residence. Winners for the Contest will be announced the day of the Tea Reception on Friday, May 25, 2012, from 1:00 pm

Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, I am writing this letter to dispel some misconceptions regarding the price of gasoline and the ability of the President to effect this price. Naturally, I am more than willing to be proved wrong, or incorrect, by wellinformed other readers. President Obama has been blamed, wrongfully, for the increasing price of gas. In actuality, a President can do very little to effect the market price of oil or gas. There is a Federal tax on gas that could be reduced, or some of our reserves could be released. But, other than that, the price is really dependent on the world market and free enterprise. Those who are avid Tea Party patriots or libertarians must accept the responsibility that our gas prices are high and going on up as a result of world market price, Wall Street traders (speculators), and demand from overseas. Yes, as I understand it, the United States produces enough oil to be refined and provide for this country. Actually, we export our excess. We could not really

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improve the situation with more drilling or exploration other than to place more oil on the market which could ultimately drive the price down. That is a world-wide risk and not subject to the capabilities of the President. There are those who say we should follow through with the pipeline across this country. The reality is that the oil that will pass through that pipeline comes from Canada, is refined in Texas, and shipped abroad, mostly to China. Actually, it has already been committed to China. So, all we would accomplish would be to run it through our aquifers, risk environmental damage, just to process it in this country. Why not let the Canadians send it across their own country and ship directly to China? Some will say, “It’s employment”, but green energy could also employ many Americans if the same amount of money was invested. There is one Presidential candidate that says he will get gas to $2.50 per gallon. I hope no one reading this newspaper will buy into that concept. Simply put, the President cannot control oil prices that easily. It is a campaign promise aimed at the uneducated. I am sure that there are many things we Americans can blame on the President. But, gas price is not one of them. Let us agree that we cannot be duped by foolish campaign rhetoric. Roger S. Cruser Peebles

We are requesting a card shower for Leonard and Marcella Young to help them celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary. They were married March 20, 1952 at Maysville, Ky Their address is: 115 Dulaney Drive West Union, Ohio 45693 Manchester Local School District Breakfast Tuesday, March 20 Cinnamon Toast Wednesday, March 21 Yogurt w/Graham Crackers Thursday, March 22 Sausage Gravy & Biscuit Friday, March 23 Fruit Turnover Monday, March 26 Cook's Choice Tuesday, March 27 Pancakes w/Syrup Elementary Lunch Tuesday, March 20 Baked Corndog or Toasted Cheese Sandwich, Oven Baked Tots, Fresh Fruit, Pkg. Snack Wednesday, March 21 Chicken Patty on Wheat or Meatball Sub Sandwich, Seasoned Peas, Orange Half, Pretzels Thursday, March 22 Cheese Pizza or Deli Wrap, Baby Carrots w/Dip, Mixed Fruit, Teddy Grahams Friday, March 23 Cheesy Breadsticks w/Sauce or Cook's Choice, Cucumber Slices, Chilled Peaches Monday, March 26 Mozzarella Sticks w/ Sauce or Pizza Steak Hoagie, Toss Salad, Applesauce Cup Tuesday, March 27 Pizza Burger or BBQ Chicken, Baked Beans, Fresh Fruit, Rice Krispie Treat High School Lunch Tuesday, March 20 Baked Corndog, Toasted Cheese Sandwich or Pizza Choice, Oven Baked Tots, Apple Slices, Fruit Choice Wednesday, March 21 Spicy Chicken Patty on Wheat, Meatball Sub or Turkey Cheese, Seasoned Peas, Orange Half, Strawberry Cup Thursday, March 22 Glazed Chicken over Rice, Cheeseburger or Deli Wrap, Baby Carrots w/Dip, Fruit Cup, Choice or Toss Salad Friday, March 23 Cheesy Breadsticks w/Sauce or Cook's Choice, Cucumber Slices, Chilled Peaches, Steamed Vegetable Monday, March 26 Cheese Stuff Breadsticks w/Sauce, Cheeseburger or Cook's Choice, Toss Salad, Applesauce Cup, Steamed Carrots Tuesday, March 27 Pizza Burger, BBQ Chicken or Cheese Pizza, Baked Beans, Fresh Fruit, Baby Carrots

Ohio Valley School District Breakfast Tuesday, March 20 Ham & Cheese Breakfast Sandwich Wednesday, March 21 WG Pop Tart Cheese Pack Thursday, March 22 Biscuit & Sausage Gravy Friday, March 23 Scrambled Eggs 1 WW Toast Slice Monday, March 26 3 WG French Toast Sticks w/dip Tuesday, March 27 Pancake Sausage Wrap Elementary Lunch Tuesday, March 20 Ravioli w/meat sauce & garlic breadstick, Steamed Green Beans, Fruit Cocktail Wednesday, March 21 Cheeseburger Deluxe, Baked Crispy Potatoes, Fresh Orange Slices Thursday, March 22 Chicken Nuggets w/breadstick, Cook's Choice, Vegetable, Pears Friday, March 23 Homemade WG, Mac & Cheese, Carrots/Celery/Dip Applesauce Monday, March 26 Chicken Strips w/breadstick, Steamed Spinach, Applesauce Tuesday, March 27 Cook's Choice Entree, Steamed Carrots, Petite Banana High School Lunch Tuesday, March 20 Ravioli w/garlic breadstick, Steamed Green Beans, Pears Wednesday, March 21 Toss Salad, Steamed Corn, Fresh Orange Slices Thursday, March 22 Spicy Chicken, Baked Crispy Potatoes, Peaches Friday, March 23 Mozzarella Cheese Sticks w/maarinara sauce, Cook's Choice Vegetable, Peaches Monday, March 26 Ham & Cheese Stromboli, Steamed Spinach, Pears Tuesday, March 27 General Tso w/steamed rice & fortune cookie, Stir-fry Vegetables, Mandarin Oranges w/blueberries

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1st Annual SPC Seth Blevins Scholarship Fund Spaghetti Dinner The Results of War On March 31, 2012 from 5-8 pm the SPC Seth Blevins Scholarship Committee will host the 1st Annual Scholarship Fundraising Spaghetti Dinner at the Southern Hills Career Technical Center in Georgetown, Ohio. Ticket prices for the meal are: Adult: $10, Children 4-12: $5, and Children 3 and under are free. Tickets are available now and can be purchased from any of the First State Banking Locations, at the door, or by contacting Shirley Wagoner (937) 515-0107, Bethany Yockey (937) 312-1551, Katrina Wagoner (937) 515-0376, Valerie Long (937) 4791851, or Lisa Vogel (937) 515-4445. Other events at the dinner will include split the pot, a cake auction, and a silent auction. All proceeds from this event will be used to fund scholarships. Seth was a local country boy graduating in 2008 from Eastern Brown High School with an ROTC scholarship to Ohio

University. He took part in many activities at Eastern Brown High School, including soccer, Jazz Band, Marching Band, basketball and track. He was a very involved young man in his church & the community as well, taking part in 4-H and local events around Brown County. After going off to college and being a part of Ohio University’s ROTC program, Seth enlisted in the Army to serve his country. Seth was a proud American patriot that loved his country. His dreams of far away places and of being in the Army were being fulfilled. On May 23, 2011 Seth died in combat operations while stationed in Afghanistan. The SPC Seth Blevins Memorial Scholarship Committee was established in August 2011 to honor and celebrate the life and service of this honorable young man. The Scholarship Committee will award qualifying graduates with scholarships each year starting with the

graduating class of 2013. In order to make this scholarship a success, our committee has been working on fundraisers, including bike rides & charity soccer games; many of which will be annual events. The silent auction will consist of donations from local area businesses. If you are an area business interested in making a donation, you can contact any one of the members listed above and we can make arrangements to have your item picked up. The SPC Seth Blevins Memorial Scholarship Fund is a not for profit organization. Any business or individual donating funds, goods, or services will have their name displayed at the event for advertisement. Consult your tax accountant for deduction information. Thank you so much in your continued support for the SPC Seth Blevins Memorial Scholarship and most respectfully for your support of all of our American Soldiers.

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often fail to realize the sacrifices of our troops in Afghanistan. We never see the real story. To help and care for the growing number of our returning wounded and amputeed warriors, doctors and specialists are turning to the latest research and technology. According to John Shero, director of the Defense DepartmentVeterans Affairs Extremity Trauma and Amputations Center for Excellence, “We’re providing world class care to wounded warriors, and they are able to benefit from technology that doesn’t exist elsewhere in the world.” The Army is presently testing a cutting-edge prosthetic called the X3 which

$20,000 each. The X2 is designed to give the wearer the ability to increase his activity in different kinds of terrains. The user of an X2 can walk up and down stairs with a normal gait and traverse obstacles. The X2 costs the military about $32,000 each. The X3, which is not yet in production, is, also, waterproof up to one meter for 10 minutes. Its cost will surely be much higher than $32,000. A final major advancement is the Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis (IDEO), a “custom-made, custom-fitted carbon fiber device powered by the inert energy of the carbon fiber and the user’s own movements.” The IDEO helps propel the wearer’s damaged Guest Column leg so that he/she can walk and run. This Veterans Corner device can help the Tony A. Blevins, wearer salvage a limb, but the salvage is a CVSO long, difficult process. According to Lt. Col. (Dr.) Donald Gajewski, is not available to anyone an orthopedic surgeon and else. The X3, made by Otto director of the Center for Bok, a German company, the Intrepid at Fort Sam is the latest generation of Houston, Texas, some 200 the X2, a “military-tailored IDEOs have already been prosthetic leg and knee fitted. (Source: www.milithat’s powered by a micro- processor and designed for If you are having diffiabove-the-knee amputees.” culty finding a job, a The first microprocessor Veterans’ Representative leg appeared about five at the Ohio Dept. of Job years ago. Prior to the X2 and Family Services may and the X3, we had the C- be able to help you. Call leg which uses “hydraulic Jerry Angel at 397-695cylinders to control the 0316 (Ext. 136) in flexing of the knee.” The Winchester, OH. For C-leg allowed the wearer information about other to descend stairs and ramps veterans’ benefits, visit the without fear of the knee Veterans’ Service Office, buckling under him/her. 641 Panhandle Ave., West The C-leg costs the mili- Union, OH, or phone 1tary between $18,000 and 937-544-5005.

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Before I begin a new topic, I would like to revisit my last column, “A Salute to America’s Service Women,” in which I introduced you to two of America’s leading female soldiers. I told you that Lt. Gen. Janet C. Wolfenbarger and Maj. Gen. Marcia Anderson were just two of thousands. Please allow me to be more specific: At present, some 214,000 women are actively serving in the U. S. military. The number of female veterans living in the U. S., however, is approximately 1.85 million, and they represent all eras and conflicts dating from the 1940’s. Of special note, is the fact that at least 61,000 of those female veterans reside in Ohio. (Source: Ohio Department of Veterans Service, March Update) My focus today is on the question: What good, if any, can result from war? There is so much bad related to war that it takes some searching to find the good; but, there is good, especially in the advancements in medicine and technology required by war. War always requires us to find new solutions to even old problems, and the war in Afghanistan is no different from previous wars. It has required us to think outside the box in order to meet the medical and rehabilitation needs of our wounded. . In 2011, the number of U.S. soldiers who lost limbs reached an all time high. This increase, of course, coincided with the surge of troops in Afghanistan who all too often must leave their vehicles and go on foot patrols because of the rugged, demanding terrain. Two hundred forty troops had to have at least an arm or a leg amputated in 2011, compared to 205 in 2007 at the height of the surge in Iraq. Too often, troops in Afghanistan have suffered the loss of not just one limb but multiple limbs. Of the 187 soldiers who suffered major limb loss in 2010, at least 72 of them lost more than one limb. That 2010 figure was much larger than the 23 out of 86 troops in 2009 that had multiple amputations as a result of major limbs loss. What is most startling about the wounds of our soldiers returning from Afghanistan is the increase in the number of those who have above-the-knee amputations of both legs, triple and quadruple amputations, and the associated genital injuries. We here in Adams County all too



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Politics & Government Passage of Legislation Creating Cybersecurity, Education, and Economic Development Council State Representatives Danny Bubp (R) at the National Defense University in and Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) have Washington D.C. “It is my desire to see announced that the Ohio House of Ohio benefit from the Council with a Representatives today passed House Bill stronger cybersecurity presence that pro331, which creates the Cybersecurity, tects our resources and personal informaEducation and Economic Development tion, but will also allow for efficiency of Council. The Council’s duty is to study how services in both the public and private the state’s Cybersecurity operations could fields.” be improved and how growth in the state’s Legislation that creates a council of cybersecurity industry could be accelerated. this sort is unique to Ohio, and bodes great The establishment potential for growing and of the council will maintaining a relevant GUEST COLUMN workforce in the 21st ensure greater safeR e p r e s e n t a t i v e Century. keeping of personal identifiable informa“As one witness Danny Bubp tion (PII), while simultestified in committee, R-Ohio taneously helping to ‘This legislation is unique develop one of the and bold,’” said Dovilla. fastest growing “We have an unpreceemployment fields in dented opportunity to the state. This safeguard is necessary due to attract not only more jobs, but more high state governments becoming more and paying jobs, of critical importance to our more vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks national security.” because they maintain the largest collection The Council consists of 12 members of PII. who are appointed and serve two-year “The Cybersecurity, Education, and terms. The bill authorizes the Council to Economic Development Council will have request the assistance of other state offices the ability to study how the state’s cyberse- and requires offices to provide requested curity infrastructure can be improved and assistance. how to improve the cybersecurity industry H.B. 331 passed by a vote of 96-0 and in Ohio,” said Bubp, a retired colonel in the will now be sent to the Senate for further U.S. Marines who taught national security consideration.

Technology to Expand Online Center for Public Investment Management Courses Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has expanded online Center for Public Investment Management (CPIM) courses for public funds managers in Ohio. Treasurer Mandel added three new online CPIM courses this year, expanding the total online course offerings to six. “When I came into office I found many opportunities to leverage technology to improve government efficiency and to run government more like a business. By expanding online CPIM courses available for public funds managers I believe that we can save taxpayer dollars and improve the level of service to our constituents,” said Treasurer Mandel. “These valuable continuing education courses help to ensure that public funds managers are diligently managing and investing the public dollars they are entrusted to oversee. New online CPIM course offerings are designed to save both time and money for local governments and make it more convenient for these stewards of taxpayer dollars to earn required credits.” Public funds managers with four or more years of experience may obtain CPIM credit by completing any of the six online course offerings at at any time during the year. These online courses offer 1.25 credit hours each, and can be applied toward meeting CPIM continuing education credits required annually for Ohio’s public funds managers. CPIM Courses Currently Available Online are as Follows: * CASH 210: Banking in the 21st Century * COMPL 250: The U.S. Federal Reserve & Interest Rate Policy - NEW for 2012

* ETH 305: The Ohio Ethics Law & Real Life - NEW for 2012 * FIN 302: The “Post Crisis” Municipal Market * FIN 310: Understanding the Finer Details of Debt Structuring - NEW for 2012 * INV 210: How Economic Indicators Affect Your Portfolio and Your Budget In addition to online courses, the State Treasurer’s office will offer six CPIM conferGuest Column ences this year throughout Josh Mandel the state. Each conferState Treasurer ence is designed to allow of Ohio public funds managers to R-Ohio obtain continuing education credits, required annually by Ohio law. The 2012 CPIM Conference Schedule is listed below: The closest 2012 CPIM Conference is at The Roberts Conference Center Wilmington, Wednesday, April 25. In addition to the courses sponsored by the Treasurer’s office, CPIM is also continuing a partnership initiative with professional associations within the state of Ohio to award CPIM-approved continuing education hours at association-sponsored annual conferences and training seminars. CPIM Background Ohio law requires various public financial officials to receive continuing training in the areas of finance, investments, cash management, debt issuance, debt management and ethics. This law was passed in the wake of a 1994 financial scandal involving investment losses by local governments. To prevent a repeat of those problems, new training requirements were established by the Ohio Treasury’s Center for Public Investment Management. For more information on CPIM, or to login and take online courses, please visit:

Contacting your government

Auditor David Gifford 544-2364

County Court Judge Alan W. Foster 544-5251

Clerk of Courts Gary Gardner 544-2344

Member of Congress Second District – Ohio Jean Schmidt 740-354-1440

County Commissioners Roger Rhonemus Brian Baldridge Justin Cooper 544-3286 Engineer David Hook 544-2943 Prosecuting Attorney David Kelley 544-3600 Recorder Mark Tolle 544-5051 Sheriff Kimmy Ray Rogers 544-2314 Treasurer Lisa A. Newman 544-2317 Judge – Court of Common Pleas Brett Spencer 544-2921

United States Senator – Ohio Senior Senator Sherrod Brown (202) 224-2315 Junior Senator Rob Portman (202) 224-3353 Office of the Governor John R. Kasich (614) 466-3555 State Senator Tom Niehaus 614-466-8082 State Representative Danny R. Bubp 88th House District 614-644-6034 State Representative Dr. Terry Johnson 89th House District (614) 466-2124

DeWine Announces Top Five Cyber Fraud Trends Cyber fraud is a form of telecommunications fraud or wire fraud, where the theft or scam occurs by electronic communication. Cyber fraud has been advanced by scammers using the telephone, e-commerce websites, and social media platforms. "Cyber fraud is one of the biggest challenges to consumer protection we face today," Attorney General Mike DeWine said. "As we begin National Consumer Protection Week, I want to highlight the current trends we're seeing and what we're doing to stop fraud." In Ohio, top trends in cyber fraud include: Failure to Deliver – Scammers post and "sell" items online, but after taking consumers' money, never deliver the products. For example, a con artist pretends to be a military member and says he must sell his vehicle quickly for a low price, before he is deployed or there has been a death in the family so the seller is offering event tickets at a reduced price. The buyer sends the payment, but the con artist never delivers the vehicle or the tickets. In these and other scams, con artists play on consumers' emotions to make their ploys more effective. "Spoofing"– Scammers use technology called Voice over Internet Protocol, or caller ID spoofing, which can disguise the number that appears on a consumer's caller ID. Your caller ID may show a local bank or area code, but the call may actually be coming from another country. Scammers also can "spoof" email addresses to disguise the true origin of a message. Friend-in-Need & Grandparent Scams Con artists pose as friends or family members in need to defraud potential victims. For example, a scammer hacks into a consumer's email account and sends messages to all the consumer's contacts saying the consumer has been hurt or is in trouble in another country and needs money immediately. Similarly, scammers may contact grandparents, pretend to be their grandchild in trouble, and ask that money be sent immediately. Payment Fraud – Individuals post items for sale online and are contacted by a potential buyer, who is a con artist in disguise. The con artist "buyer" overpays for the item (using a fake check or a phony credit card number) and asks the unsuspecting seller to send back the difference. Once the seller realizes the scam, it may be too late to recover the item or any money sent. Small businesses and job seekers also may be susceptible to similar payment scams. Government Agency Impersonation -

Scammers send emails or make phone calls pretending to be the FBI, IRS, or Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Using these official-sounding messages, scammers try to scare consumers into providing their personal or financial information. They tell consumers that they owe money to the government and must pay immediately or be arrested or they claim to have money for the consumer and ask for the consumer's personal information. To combat cyber fraud in Ohio, Attorney General DeWine is taking a new approach to tracking scams and pursuing perpetrators. Last year, during National Consumer Protection Week 2011, Guest Column Attorney General Mike DeWine DeWine announced the Ohio Attorney creation a special diviGeneral sion within the R-Ohio Consumer Protection Section to help bring more criminal charges against scammers. The recently created Economic Crimes Division works with county prosecutors and local law enforcement to assist in preparing criminal consumer cases. Since its creation last March, the work of the Economic Crimes Division has led to 14 individuals being charged with felonies and 7 successful convictions. For example, one Ohio couple was sentenced to prison for running a Craigslist ticket scam that took more than $200,000 from hundreds of victims throughout the U.S. and Canada. In addition to establishing the Economic Crimes Division, DeWine also worked with the Ohio General Assembly on cyber fraud legislation that will give the Attorney General the authority to subpoena phone records, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, and payment information in suspected cyber fraud cases and prepare them for prosecution by a county or special prosecutor. Senate Bill 223, which passed the General Assembly in February, will enable the Attorney General's Office to better assist local law enforcement in criminal investigations. Consumers who suspect they have been a victim of telephone or cyber fraud should file a complaint with the Ohio Attorney General's Office at or by calling 800-282-0515. The Ohio Attorney General's Office has joined government and nonprofit organizations across the country to celebrate National Consumer Protection Week, March 4-10, 2012. To view National Consumer Protection Week events in the state, visit www.OhioAttorney

Tougher Action on Iran is Needed There’s a war going on around the world. ting shot in the chest by the brutal regime It’s not a traditional war, but make no mis- as it was cracking down on the protestors. take about it: The Iranian regime is waging Syrian dictator Bashar Assad is doing the a covert war against us and our friends and same in his country right now with the supallies. port of Iran. In the past decade, the Iranian regime has Congress has been pushing the adminismade clear its intent toward the United tration to be tougher on the regime, knowStates of America and our allies. ing that containment is not an option. I coThe evidence is on the table. We should sponsored a resolution emphasizing that not be hesitant to bring that evidence for- it’s unacceptable for the Iranians to acquire ward and talk about it openly. a nuclear weapons capability. They’re behind the more powerful There’s a lot we can do. There still are improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that opportunities to ratchet up sanctions that have maimed and killed our troops in target the political leaders and the elite Afghanistan and Iraq. In Iranian Revolutionary some instances they’ve Guard Corps that prosupported the IED tects the regime. Iran’s development; in other U.S. Senator ability to use energy cases they’ve even built revenues to fuel their Rob Portman the components for global ambitions threatIEDs in Iran. Their ens us and our allies. proxy regime in Syria This is why I will be also funneled terrorists supporting the Iran into Iraq to wound and S a n c t i o n s , kill our troops. Accountability and In October, the FBI disclosed an alleged Human Rights Act that has passed out of plot by the Iranian regime to work with a the Senate Banking Committee. Mexican drug cartel to assassinate the As we impose sanctions, we need to Saudi ambassador to Washington. We’ve show we’re not trying to hurt the Iranian also heard reports of Iranian collaboration people, only their oppressors. That’s why with Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez. I’ve called for free and fair elections in This is part of a long pattern of behavior. Iran. For almost 30 years, the State Department As a member of the Senate Energy and has designated the Iranian regime a state Natural Resources Committee, I’m now sponsor of terrorism. Their terrorist proxy working to bar companies that engage in in Lebanon, Hezbollah, is responsible for business or trading activity with Iran from the bombing of the Marine barracks in buying oil from our Strategic Petroleum Beirut in 1983. Reserve. This is a loophole that needs to be When they’ve had a chance to harm us or closed. our allies, they’ve done so. That’s why we Sanctions must be multilateral so that the need to do everything in our power to pre- pressure of the whole world comes down vent them from achieving a nuclear against Iran. We need to work hard to keep weapons capability. our allies together. Time is short. We can Incidentally, their pursuit of a nuclear no longer afford for Russia and China to weapon and the capacity to deliver it, as provide an economic safety valve for the well as their aggressive military posture in regime. We need to make sure more comthe Straits of Hormuz and elsewhere in the panies follow the example of French oil region, is part of what’s driving up gas giant Total, which stopped buying Iranian prices. Ohioans are feeling that pain at the crude. pump. We are at a pivotal point where we must To be clear, our beef is with the leader- decide whether to do the things required to ship, not the Iranian people. Helping the help preserve the peace and avoid Iran Iranian people achieve their true freedom is developing a nuclear weapons capability one way we can prevent the regime from and the means to deliver it. getting a nuclear weapons capability. In the We’re blessed to have brave men and summer of 2009, the United States had the women who put their lives on the line opportunity to help Iranian protestors over- every day. None of us wants to see a shootthrow their despots. Unfortunately, the ing war involving the men and women of Obama administration chose not to provide our armed forces. But to avoid that, we assistance and the movement was crushed. must pursue what Ronald Reagan famously Some of us may recall the video of Neda referred to as “peace through strength.” Agha-Soltan, a young Tehran woman, get- Ratcheting up sanctions is the first step.

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Local Government

West Union Village Council Adams County Commissioners

The West Union Village Council met in regular session at 7;00 p.m. on February 28, 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, Randy Brewer and Neil Morrison all answered present. Also in attendance Clerk Tanya Johnson, Treasurer Shelley Gifford, Village Administrator/Fire Chief Jerry Kirker, Police Chief Roy Stricklett, Solicitor Lisa Rothwell. Visitors Jim Navroth, Terri Motil, Karen Stein, Brad liming, Tom England and Bruce Brandstetter. Motion by Brewer to approve the minutes of February 14 and February 21 as distributed, second by Morrison, roll call vote: all yea, motion passed. Motion by Rothwell to approve payment of bills submitted, second by McCarty, roll call vote: all yea, motion passed. Jim Navroth, Liberty National Life Insurance Company spoke to Council on coverage for accidental death and life insurance, no action was taken. Discussion with Police Chief Stricklett on the police reports going in the newspaper, a problem at the corner of North Street and Maple Street, Police Department overtime, the Adams County Sheriff's Office cruiser accident. Terri Motil, EMS told council the squad was back from being repaired and the Ford squad was being sent out for repair. Also, the computer system had a virus, but it was already taken care of now. Report from Jerry Kirker Village Administrator/Fire Chief: 1. The employees have put in 950 new waster/sewer meters. 2. At this time, Kirker introduced Bruce Bradstetter

of Bradstetter and Carroll, Inc.; he spoke to council on the water line improvements. There will be 3 phases: A. Main Street to go along with the paving of ODOT, B. Water Tower, C. Looping the water lines together. 3. Discussion on a sign being placed at 610 North Street for resident parking only: motion by Brewer, second by McCarty, roll call vote: all yea, motion passed. Motion by Morrison to reinvest the CD at the highest rate, second by Rothwell, roll call vote: all yea, motion passed. Motion by Brewer for spring clean-up on April 27, with a $10.00 charge, there will be no fall clean-up, seconded by Rothwell, roll call vote: all yea, motion passed. Lisa Rothwell Copeland, Solicitor discussed with Council the Kimberly vs. Village of West Union law suit, the Whiting Law Suit through Mayor's Court and mutual aid contract for the Police Department. Council member Buda asked council if it was alright to mail letters to a few businesses and colleges, Council agrees. Council member Brewer informed council he was receiving paper work for the renewal of the employee's health insurance. Council member Morrisson discussed some issues with the police department: battery for a cruiser,

rules for the auxiliary police unit, the collection of bench warrant (the clerk will check with other villages on this matter) and houses in the village that needs taken down. Ordinance 2012-1 to reestablish an Auxiliary Police unit, motion by Rothwell for 1st reading, second by McCarty, roll call vote, motion passed. At this time, Mayor Ted Grooms introduced Thomas England and Bradlley Liming, candidates for the Auxiliary police unit, no action was taken. Motion by Rothwell for executive session O.R.C. 121.22 G1 compensation of personnel. Second by Morrison, roll call vote: all yea. Motion by Morrison to return to regular session, second by McCarty, roll call vote: all yea. Council member Buda asked if Phase II sewer line was ready for hook up, Kirker informed the council the school was hooked up and Phase II was ready for the customer to come to the Water/Sewer Department sign a user agreement and pay the tap fee of: $900.00. Other discussion on where the sewer will be available next: St. Rt. 247, St. Rt. 41 and Gabbert's subdivision. The solicitor told council they should have a policy manual, second by Brewer, roll call call vote: all yea, motion passed. Motion by Morrison to adjourn, second by McCarty, roll call vote: all yea, meeting adjourned.

My family and I would like to THANK YOU for supporting me in my bid for Clerk of Courts. Even though I wasn’t successful, I was pleased with the support and votes that I received. I was also fortunate enough to meet several good people and make a lot of new friends while campaigning. I would also like to congratulate Gary Gardner on his successful election. Again THANK YOU VERY MUCH. Paid for by Larry Heller, 1363 Bentonville Road. West Union, Ohio 45693

The Board of Adams County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, March 5, 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 Justin Cooper and seconded by Roger Rhonemus to approve the minutes of the previous meeting. Vote: All yeas. The board held a phone conference with Abbot A. Thayer of Peck & Shaffer to discuss funding for HVAC improvements and the county’s bond rating. It was moved by Brian Baldridge and seconded by Roger Rhonemus to approve the transfers and additional appropriations. Vote: All yeas. It was moved by Justin Cooper and seconded Brian Baldridge to approve the bills. Vote: All yeas. EMS Director Etta Sparks met with the board to discuss the following: Personnel, job description, County EMS work session in Delaware, Ohio, adver-

tising for applications for part-time position for EMS, and the EMS Captains meeting at the Adams County Regional Medical Center. It was moved by Roger Rhonemus and seconded by Justin Cooper to hire Tina Knechtly as a parttime EMS employee on a six month probation period at $10.00 per hour upon the recommendation of EMS Director Etta Sparks. Vote: All yeas. It was moved by Brian Baldridge and seconded by Roger Rhonemus to approve the following travel: David Gifford, Southwest Auditor’s Assn. meeting, Springfield, OH, 3/16/12, $ 99.00, Etta Sparks County EMS Work Session, Delaware, OH, 3/14/12, $111.62. Vote: All yeas. It was moved by Justin Cooper and seconded by Brian Baldridge to proclaim March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in Adams County. Those present for the proclamation were as follows: ACDD Superintendent Scott Amen, Adult Services Director Liz Lafferty, T. J. McClellan,

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T. J. Liston, Michael Bailey, and Troy Jolly of The Informer. Vote: All yeas. Deputy Engineer Lee Pertuset met with the board for the Churn Creek Bridge Bid opening and to discuss structure damages as a result of the recent storm on March 2, 2012. Three of the big garage doors were damaged and the Willow Drive office sustained roof damage. The Churn Creek Bridge Bid Opening was held at 11:00 a.m. One bid was received from Scioto Valley Precast for $30,573.00. It was moved by Roger Rhonemus and seconded by Justin Cooper to award the Bridge Bid to Scioto Valley Precast upon the recommendation of Deputy Engineer Lee Pertuset. Vote: All yeas. It was moved by Brian Baldridge and seconded by Roger Rhonemus to approve the FY 2012 Community-Based Corrections Program Subsidy Grant Agreement amendment through the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. Vote: All yeas. Continued on page 7

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Local Government Adams County Commissioners It was moved by Brian Baldridge and seconded by Roger Rhonemus to move forward with the paging system equipment upgrade purchase and accept the proposal as submitted by B & C Communications in the amount of $50,258.00 upon the recommendation of 9-1-1 Director Donnie Swayne. Vote: All yeas. 9-1-1 Director Donnie Swayne met with the board to discuss the following: Tornado/storm sirens - testing is not done during the months of December, January, and February due to the ice that builds up on the belts. Villages had complained that when the tests are run during these times, the belts break because of ice build-up on the belts. Villages are responsible for the maintenance of the sirens. The county is responsible for running the test. This Wednesday will be the testing day for the sirens. Donnie Swayne had spoken with all of the mayors pertaining to the siren testing. Testing is completed at 1:00

The Informer and Carleta Weyrich of the Peoples Defender were also present. Individual assistance may be available for Adams County. All the homes destroyed were in West Union service district. Only one home was not insured. The Red Cross contacted the EMA office this morning. A $5,000.00 donation is coming from the State Lions Club for the victims. An additional $5,000.00 is available if it is needed. Walmart also called to discuss donations. The Southern Baptist Volunteer Organization will be coming in to assist owners with getting belongings out of trees. FEMA is currently in Indiana, Clermont County, and Kentucky. All REA electric has been restored as of 8:30 p.m. on March 4, 2012. Media wise – we need to do something about the storm sirens. The public needs to know that the sirens are designed for those that are outdoors instead of for those that are inside. The county is currently staying in touch with the Ohio EMA

p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Each individual location is tested. Documentation from the villages will be required once the test has been completed to confirm if the sirens are in good working order. Mr. Swayne also discussed the paging system upgrade quotes and Frontier is still working on the contract agreement for the new phone system for 9-1-1 Dispatch. An IT Committee meeting was held to discuss the county’s current IT and improvements needed to enhance the county’s system. Court Administrator Angela Richmond, Treasurer Lisa Newman, JFS Director Sue Fulton, Mike Hughes of the County Engineer’s office, and Tax Map employee Amy Simpson were present. Steve Newman, candidate for Judge Court of Appeals met with the board for support in the primary election. EMA Director Karen Sapp and Jason Work met with the board to discuss the recent storm damages. Troy Jolly of

assessment center. The board held a phone conference with Alvin Norris of ABCEOI – a Community Services Block Grant/ Emergency Grant is available for clean-up crews and to do home repair. The chance of getting it if the county applies is pretty good. Possibly $50, 000 to $60,000 could be available. Mr. Norris will coordinate the grant through EMA Director Karen Sapp. It was moved by Roger Rhonemus and seconded by Brian Baldridge to approve a State of Emergency declaration due to the recent storms in Adams County. Vote: All yeas. Facilities Director Sally Hayslip and West Union Village Administrator Jerry Kirker met with the board to discuss building maintenance and possible office relocations. Ms. Sally Hayslip also discussed building security cameras, jail window repairs, and funding for the HVAC improvements. Judge Alan Foster met

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with the board to thank them for the new flooring in the basement. It was moved by Brian Baldridge and seconded by Roger Rhonemus to approve the week of March 11-17, 2012 as Girl Scout Week in Adams County honoring the Girl Scouts of the USA on the Centennial of Girl Scouting. Vote: All yeas. Those present for the proclamation were as

follows: Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Community Development Manager Marilyn Evans, Troop #1057 Leader Karen Jones, Assistant Leader Sherry Swayne, Junior Girl Scouts Gabrielle Houchen and Alexa Swayne, and Troy Jolly of The Informer. It was moved by Brian Baldridge and seconded by Justin Cooper to adjourn at 3:58 p.m. Vote: All yeas.

Thank You I would like to thank all the EMT’s, all the Fire Departments, the Churches and everyone for their prayers and donations in this time of need. I also want to thank Red Cross and the Salvation Army. May God Bless everyone who helped us after the fire. Sincerly, Tammy and Kary Phipps


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sell at $89,900! R31 – MANCHESTER – Frame home with vinyl siding in a nice country setting with beautiful view, 1200 SF living area, 3 BR, 1 bath, living room, eat-in kitchen with appliances, full basement, new gas furnace, C/A, new roof, 2car garage, garden spot. $89,000.

wood floors, 2 decks, 2 small barns, carport with concrete floor & lean-to, fenced back yard, ¼ acre stocked pond. $83,900.

R35 - CHERRY FORK - Very nice DW featuring 2 BR, 2 full baths (1 with shower, 1 with Jacuzzi), living room, kitchen with appliances, elec. furnace, C/A, floating floor, 2-car garage, 2 porches, public water, .747 acre with creek. $84,000.

R1 – WEST UNION – 1995 Fairmont mobile home (16x70), 2 BR, 2 full baths, living room, eat-in kitchen, all appliances & some furniture stays with home, nat. gas furnace, C/A, gas F/P, covered back porch, 12x14 barn. PRICE REDUCED TO $43,000.

H7 – WINCHESTER – 2 acres with 2-story vinyl sided home, 1072 SF living area, 3 BR, 1 bath, living room, eat-in kitchen, elec. heat, 2 A/C, county water, all new windows, 3-car garage, shed. Home has been remodeled in past 5 years, very private. $110,000.

R3 – WEST UNION – 1 ½ story frame home built in 1901, 1776 SF living area, 4 BR, 1 bath, living room, eat-in kitchen with appliances, pantry, utility room, enclosed back porch, wrap-around front porch, new gas furnace, hardwood floors, new water heater, 16x24 2-story barn, .4 acre lot, former home of the last surviving civil war veteran from West Union, would be a great home to restore. PRICE REDUCED TO $43,500.

H9 – WEST UNION – 1.32 acres with 14x70 mobile home in good condition, 3 BR, 1 bath, living room, eat-in kitchen with appliances, utility room, elec. furnace, A/C, county water, nice location on private road. $44,900.

R5 – MANCHESTER – Frame home with vinyl siding converted into 2 apartments. Each apartment has 3 BR, 1 ½ baths, living room, kitchen with appliances, $825 per month rental income, HUD approved. PRICE REDUCED TO $34,900. MAKE OFFER

R43 – WEST UNION – Frame home with vinyl siding, 2 BR, 2 bath, living room, eat-in kitchen with appliances, nat. gas furnace, city water/sewer, new laminate flooring, fenced back yard. $54,900. R57 – MANCHESTER – Brick home built in 2007, 2286 SF plus full finished basement, 5 BR, 2 full baths, living room, kitchen with appliances, dining room, utility room, elec. furnace, C/A, wood stove in basement, hardwood & tile floors, 2-car att. garage & 2-car det. brick/vinyl sided garage with bath. Home is located in nice neighborhood near school. $249,900.

H13 - WEST UNION - Frame home with vinyl siding on 12.33 acres, 2160 SF living area, 4 BR, 2 full baths, living & family rooms, kitchen & dining room, nat. gas furnace, C/A, gas F/P, 2 garages, 48x36 barn. PRICED TO SELL AT $90,000.

H1 – MANCHESTER – Frame home with vinyl siding, 2036 SF living area, 3 BR, 2 full baths, mother-in-law suite, living & family rooms, kitchen with appliances, dining room, elec. furnace, C/A, county water. Home sets on 5.434 acres with 4 acres of woods. $105,000.

R13 – MANCHESTER – 2-story home featuring 1889 SF living area, 4 BR, 2 full baths, living room, kitchen & dining room, partial basement, new gas furnace + wood burner, 2 F/F, double paned windows, hardwood floors, 2story garage, wrap-around porch. PRICE REDUCED TO $44,900.

H25 – MANCHESTER – 5.614 acres with 16x80 Century mobile home, 3 BR, 2 full baths, living room, kitchen & dining room, all appliances, gas furnace, new wood burning F/P, C/A, county water, patio, 10x12 building, 14x70 storage trailer. $49,900.

H27 – PEEBLES – 1.7 acres with beautiful brick/vinyl sided home, 1728 SF living area, 3 BR, 2 ½ baths, living room, eat-in kitchen, eat-in kitchen with nice cabinets & island with stovetop, all appliances, elec. heat, wood stove, C/A, hardwood floors, 6-panel doors throughout, walk-in closets, open stairway, 2-car att. garage, large covered porch, barn with porch, beautiful landscaping. $169,900. H29 – WEST UNION - 1.4 acres with 12x60 mobile home, 2 BR, 1 bath, living room, eat-in kitchen with stove top oven, fuel oil furnace, county water, small barn. $22,000. MAKE OFFER H35 – WEST UNION – 2.385 in good location with stone/vinyl sided home, 4186 SF living area plus basement, 4 BR, 3 full baths, living & family rooms, kitchen & dining room, utility room, mud room, sun room, office, all appliances, elec. furnace, heat pump, C/A, 2 F/P, hardwood/tile/marble floors, pond, swimming pool with deck, hot tub, gazebo, 2 barns. $295,000.


H17 – WEST UNION – 10.188 acres, cabin with electric & county water, outhouse, very nice location, lots of wildlife, would make very nice weekend getaway or spot to build new home. PRICE REDUCED TO $49,900.

R9 – CYNTHIANA – Fixer upper, frame home with vinyl siding, 3 BR, living room, kitchen, metal roof, carport. $10,000.

port, deck. Acreage is wooded with a creek and is great for hunting/recreation. PRICE REDUCED TO $80,000.

H37 – SEAMAN – 3.09 acres with newly remodeled 2story vinyl sided home, 2296 SF living area, 4 BR, 1 ½ baths, living room, kitchen with appliance, dining room, large laundry room, elec. heat pump, C/A, new windows, large covered porch, gazebo with deck, large barn, machinery shed, garden area. PRICE REDUCED TO $159,000.

H19 – MANCHESTER – POSSIBLE OWNER FINANCING - 2 acres with 1120 SF farm house, 3 BR, 1 bath, living room, kitchen with appliances, dining room, utility room, elec. furnace, County water, screened-in deck, 28x42 barn. $59,900.

R23 – WEST UNION – 12x56 mobile home featuring 2 BR, 1 bath, living room, eat-in kitchen with appliances, new elec. furnace, county water, small building. $29,900.

H3 – WEST UNION – DW in very nice condition, 1568 SF living area, 3 BR, 2 full baths, living room, kitchen & dining room, all appliances, gas furnace, C/A, F/P, county water, 1-car garage. Home sets on 1.056 acres. PRICE REDUCED TO $58,500.

R29 - PEEBLES - Exceptionally nice 3 BR home in Peebles. 1144 SF of living space. Home sets on nice lot with a big backyard. 2 full baths, living room, kitchen with appliances, utility room. Elec. furnace with heat pump, C/A, city water/sewage. This is a must-see and priced to

H5 – WEST UNION – 5.002 acres with 1 ½ story frame home with vinyl siding completely remodeled over past 2 years, 1845 SF living area, 4 BR, 1 full bath, living room, eat-in kitchen, computer room, utility room, gas furnace, wood furnace, elec. heat pump, C/A, county water, hard-

H21 – MANCHESTER – 25.77 acres with combination brick/vinyl sided home built in 2002, 2118 SF living area plus full finished basement, 4 BR, 2 full baths, living room, kitchen & dining room, all appliances, 2 gas furnaces, 2 C/A units, hardwood floors, 24x58 detached garage with 24x12 lean-to, blacktop driveway. Home is located in a nice, private country setting on dead-end road. $309,000. H23 – OTWAY – 38.23 acres with vinyl sided frame home, 660 SF living area plus full walk-out basement, 3 BR, 1 bath, living room, eat-in kitchen, elec. heat pump, C/A, new windows, hardwood floors, 2-car garage, car-

H39 – WEST UNION – 2.262 acres with vinyl sided frame home, 1456 SF living area + full finished basement, 3 BR, 2 full baths, living room, kitchen with appliances & lots of oak cabinets, dining room, gas furnace, heat pump, C/A, wood furnace, hardwood floors, 2-car att. garage, 6-car det. garage, large covered porch, patio, pool table, 24x40 barn. PRICE REDUCED TO $169,900.

FARMS - BUILDING LOTS - VACANT LAND - BUSINESS FARMS F1 – PEEBLES - A truly magnificent retreat on 75.91 private and secluded acres bordering Brush Creek State Forest. You won't believe the peaceful and tranquil setting for this 2-story modern western cedar 3 BR home with a huge 2-story det. 3-car garage and loft. The home features a master BR with full bath on the first level and 2 BR and a full bath upstairs. The living room is nearly 21 feet long with a beautiful wood floor and wood burning F/P. A large dining room opens into the living room and also features a wood floor. A full kitchen and a laundry room are on the first level with an outside entrance into a large 19' X 27' screened-in back porch. The det. garage has a concrete floor and features a 2nd story two room art and craft studio that could also be converted into an apartment. Public water and electric have been installed underground and follow the winding driveway that leads through the woods and into the rock lined yard with fire pit and unique nature inspired landscaping. There are wide trails throughout the property that are ideal for peaceful walks or 4 wheeling --

you will think you are in a national park! If you love nature and privacy, you will love it here! This property can serve as a permanent home, week-end retreat or hunting lodge and borders a public blacktop road yet is less than 15 minutes from town. $249,000. F9 – WEST UNION – Nice mini farm in good location close to town, 39.2 acres with 30.5 acres tillable, frame home with vinyl siding, 1248 SF living area, 2 BR (could be 3), 1 bath, living & family rooms, kitchen & dining room, all appliances, gas furnace, county water, 1-car garage, 3 barns (30x50, 20x30, 20x30). PRICE REDUCED TO $160,000. F13 – WINCHESTER – 51.12 mostly tillable acres, 1 ½ story partial brick/vinyl sided home, 2432 SF living area, 4 BR, 1 bath, living room, kitchen & dining room, basement, fuel oil furnace, county water, 2-car detached garage, 2 big barns with sheds, concrete block barn, corn crib, silo. Property has lots of road frontage, will divide. $230,000. Seller will also sell house, barns with 25 acres for

$150,000. F15 - PEEBLES - 71.539 wooded acres with lots of big cedar trees and some timber, 2 campers, county water, septic system & electric on property. $189,900. BUILDING LOTS L1 – SEAMAN - .373 acre lot with water and septic. $7500. L9 – WEST UNION – 60x149 lot with garage and old mobile home, city water/sewage. $25,900.

V7 - OTWAY - 79.778 acres with 25 acres tillable, water & electric available, large barn, great place for new home, beautiful setting. $135,000. V9 - BLUE CREEK - 40 acres of recreational property, abundant wildlife, great for hunting. $99,000. V11 – MANCHESTER – POSSIBLE OWNER FINANCING – 7.282 wooded acres, creek, water & electric nearby, good for hunting, great place for cabin, agent owned. PRICE REDUCED TO $16,900. BUSINESS

L13 – WEST UNION – ½ acre lot with water, septic, garage. $17,900.

B1 – Hilltop Golf Course – Golf course is 136 acres with 18 holes. $808,000 – Call for more details.


B9 – WEST UNION – INVESTMENT PROPERTY – 4 mobile homes located on town lot, each home features 2 BR, 1 bath, living room, eat-in kitchen, city water & sewage. PRICE REDUCED TO $39,900.

V5 – WEST UNION – 6.274 acres, great place for a new home, new driveway. $39,900.

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Adams County Land Transfers Rex and Cheryl Ruble to Rex and Cheryl Ruble, 42.413 acres, Winchester Twp. Diana Felts to Roy E. and Nancy L. Ames, 11.00 acres, Bratton Twp. Annette McKee, Phyllis Page, Christine Thompson, Trustees and Esther Greene Trust to Darrell and Rachel Sterling, Lot 22, West Union Village. Richard, Joyce, John T. and Elaine Lafferty, Margaret and Philip R. Wolfe, Mariann and Robert Quinn to Larry and Patricia Shiveley, Lot 67, West Union Village. Matt J. and Michelle Condon to Dale Roush, Lot 3, West Union Village. Rick Neal Clouse to Diane E. Clouse, 112.735 acres, Green Twp. Phyllis I. Whitley to Phyllis I. Whitley Trustee

and Phyllis I. Whitley Trust, Pt Lts. 4, 5 Peebles Village and 4.333 acres Scott Twp. Donald, Carolyn J. Bennington to Robert, Karen S., Tom and Urana Neff, Gary and Sharon S. Phillips. 102.4169 acres Jefferson Twp. Lawrence York to Ronald E. and Carol Ann Anderson, 11.70 acres, Brush Creek Twp. Duane T. and Evelyn T. Wamsley to Duane T. and Evelyn T. Trustee, Duane T. Wamsley Trust and Evelyn T. Wamsley Trust. Wayne and Winchester Twp. Nathan Jester to Allen W. Crabtree, 9.153 acres, Green Twp. Brent P. and Sarah Dawn James and Sarah Dwan McCaw to Brittany and Dustin Mason, 2.355 acres, Winchester Twp. Daniel R. and Anita C.

McCann to Larry Allen and Brenda Cook, 2.0076 acres, Bratton Twp. Edward and Peggy Egner to Edward and Peggy Egner, 5.339 acres, Jefferson Twp.

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MARRIAGE REPORT Brandon Dirk Setty, 24 and Sandra Lee Shiveley, 23, both of Peebles. Andrew Edward Lyons, 21, and Christina Marie Nehus, 32, both of West Union. Bradley Ray Williams, 25, Blue Creek and Crystal Lynn Nolet, 24, Manchester. Jonathon W. Kirker, 38 and Racheal Nehus, 38, both of West Union.

West Union income Tax Bureau The Village of West Union Income Tax Bureau will offer free assistance to residents who need help in completing their West Union Income Tax return. The due date for 2011 West Union Income Tax returns is April 17. All residents with earned income from employment, income received from rental property, business net profit or who receive income reported on 1099-Misc Forms are required to submit a tax return to the village of West union. Residents who have income only from social security, retirement or similar income are not subject to the tax.

Assistance will be made available on Tuesday's, March 20, 27 and April 10, from 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. and also on April 3 and 17, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. No appointment is required for their assistance. Forms are available from the village building at 33 Logans Lane, West Union, or on the internet at or can be mailed or faxed by contacting the Income Tax Bureau at 800 779-3165. Residents can contact the income tax bureau for further questions or assistance from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. weekdays.

Adams County Senior Citizens Spring has officially sprung! Spring is God’s way of saying, “O.K. people, let’s try this again!” We have really been blessed with all the warm temperatures last week and a lot of people were working out in their yards, some have even started mowing grass already. Don’t get too confident, we may still have a little nasty weather left yet. We haven’t had much of a winter this year, not much snow, no lasting freezing temperatures – I’ve heard we may pay for it with lots of bugs and crawly critters this summer that didn’t get froze out, but there’s not a lot we can do about it so we’ll take it as it comes. A representative from the Southeastern Ohio Legal Services will be here at the Senior Center on Tuesday, March 27 to assist qualifying seniors with legal questions and/or concerns. Hours are 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Call 544-3979 for an appointment. It's Time Again to get out those paint brushes, dig out the camera, put on your thinking caps and get ready to enter the 30th Annual Senior Citizens Art Show/Photography /Essay/Poetry Contest sponsored by Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc.! The show will be May 14-18 and May 21-25 at the Esther Allen Greer Museum on the University of Rio Grande campus. The Artist’s Tea will be Friday, May 25th. We have rules, regulations and entry forms at the Senior Center that you may pick up weekdays from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. All entries must be in our office by

Friday, April 13th. Adams County has lots of talent and we’re looking forward to some BIG winners 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, we’re going on a 15-day, 4 Island (Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Hawaii) tour to Hawaii! Make some memories! Cost: $2,788.00 per person, double occupancy. For info, call 544-3979. TAX TIME! AARP Tax Aide volunteers are again providing FREE income tax preparations to help low/ moderate income tax payers with special attention to those 60 and older. All volunteers are IRS trained and certified. They’ll be at the Adams County Senior Citizens Center (old hosp. bldg.) every Friday through the month of March. Hours are 9:30 am – 2:30 pm. They also do e-Filing. Only two weeks left to schedule an appointment. Call 544-3979. Come on out and get involved in some of the activities we have every week here at the Senior Center. Each Tues. & Thurs. 10-11 am is Gentle Chair Yogi Class. Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. is “Movie & Popcorn” time. Thursday from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. 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 11:00 a.m. Genesis comes

to check blood pressures/blood sugars. On other Fridays at 10:30 a.m., 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 5443979 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. Our emphasis is placed on reaching the elderly and/or disabled. If you need assistance with your STATE HEAP call us at 544-3979. You must meet certain guidelines to qualify for the either the STATE or EMERGENCY HEAP programs. For Emergency Heap call ABCAP at 1-800-233-7891 for an appointment. SUCCESS can be defined in three simple words: And Then Some. The top people in life did what was expected of them…and then some. They were considerate and kind…and then some. They were good friends and helpful neighbors…and then some. So…go on and go that extra mile…and then some. Just a Thought: The best way you can forget about your own problems is to help someone else solve theirs!

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Fuzzy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .625 Women's High Series Scratch Jonette Cross . . . . . . . . .674 Nola Reeder . . . . . . . . . .649 Jasmine Osman . . . . . . .598 Jennifer Seaman . . . . . . .586 Cheryl Longacre . . . . . .569 Gloria Fenton . . . . . . . . .514 Lucy Bechdolt . . . . . . . .489 Connie Burchett . . . . . . .488 Kimmy Murphy . . . . . . .469 Sonya Brown . . . . . . . . .461 Carol Tincher . . . . . . . . .440 Debbie Wheeler . . . . . . .440 Joyce DeMint . . . . . . . . .437 Linda Le Francois . . . . .432 Brenda Blanton . . . . . . .421 Brenda Smith . . . . . . . . .410 Ellen Jolly . . . . . . . . . . . .404 Marjorie Swearingen . . .401 Sally Florence . . . . . . . .399 Brenda Oney . . . . . . . . .387

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Due to the resignation of board member Mary Harper, there is a vacancy on the Manchester Local School District Board of Education and the remaining board members have until April 12, 2012 to fill the seat. Citizens interested in being considered for appointment to fill this vacancy must submit an expression of interest letter to Richard Foster, Board President, c/o Manchester Local School District, 130 Wayne Frye Drive, Manchester, OH, 45144. The letter must be received in the board office by 4 P.M. April 6, 2012. According to the Ohio School Boards Association, people serving on school boards in Ohio must be district residents and registered voters. If they wish to continue serving on the school board, they must stand for election in the next general election. The vacancy is a term ending on December 31, 2012. The board will review all letters and the replacement will be named at its regular meeting April 11, 2012.

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Area Agency on Aging District 7 Celebrates 40 Years of Service

2012 marks 40 years of home and community-based services that the Area Agency on Aging District 7 has provided to the community. The Agency, which covers ten counties in southern Ohio, has a number of events planned

throughout the year to celebrate, including the unveiling of a special logo to commemorate the milestone. The AAA7 was founded in 1972 when Rio Grande College in Rio Grande, Ohio, was selected to sponsor one of

only four model projects in Ohio that were funded by the US Administration on Aging to focus on the ways and means to assist older adults living within the district. The Area-Wide Model Project developed social services, such as transportation, and information and referral, for older Americans in four counties, including Gallia, Jackson, Meigs and Vinton. Grants from the federally-legislated Older Americans Act (OAA) of 1965 and related amendments provided the funding for services, and agency operations were later expanded to ten counties including Adams, Brown, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton. Meigs County was later transferred from the AAA7 to the Area Agency on Aging District 8, based in Marietta. Today, the AAA7 is one of twelve Area Agencies on Aging throughout the state of Ohio and has four office sites through its district with Administrative Offices in Gallia County (Rio Grande)

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and satellite offices in Adams County (West Union), Pike County (Waverly) and Scioto County (Portsmouth). Program growth in the Agency occurred throughout the years, and over the 40 years, many programs and services have been added. The services the AAA7 provides are available for seniors and those with disabilities who meet a nursing-home level of care, yet wish to remain in their own homes. The AAA7 provides assistance with developing a care plan for each consumer that meets their needs with services that allow them to remain safe and independent at home. Services are available for seniors age 60 and older and those with disabilities, and are determined based on eligibility. Services an individual could receive include personal care, homedelivered meals, emergency response systems and transportation just to name a few. Other services surround service coordination for selected apartment complexes in the district, emergency home repair assistance, and caregiver support. The Agency’s Resource Center is available to help answer questions and help determine some of the eligibility with a simple phone call to the Agency. Those who feel they might benefit from the types of services mentioned here, or who know of someone who might be able to benefit, are encouraged to give the Agency a call. Trained staff at the Agency is ready to assist callers with determining what resources are available either within the Agency or in the community in order to make long-term care options

easier to understand and determine. Most recently, the AAA7 has been engaged and involved in a number of activities and initiatives designed to support the rapidly increasing older adult population. The Agency is working with local hospitals on post-discharge assistance and transition to home; as well as enhancing the Agency’s Aging and Disability Resource Center, which is designed to serve as a resource for the community with questions involving in-home and long-term care options. “We are so delighted to celebrate 40 years of service to our community in 2012,” commented Pamela K. Matura, Executive Director of the AAA7, who has been with the Agency since 1989. “Over the years, we have grown as an Agency, but have still kept to our mission of assisting individuals to maintain independence and personal choice by providing resource options and services. Seniors and those with disabilities are so important to us and we continue to advocate for vital services that allow them to live safely and independently in their home. Thanks to a wonderful Provider network and supporting agencies and organizations in the community, we have been able to provide these needed services and programs to our communities for the past 40 years. It’s been exciting to watch our Agency develop over the years, and we are thrilled to celebrate this important milestone for our organization along with our communities served.” The Agency is planning an Anniversary celebration at

its annual Appreciation Brunch which is held during June in Portsmouth. Additional events for staff and the community will continue throughout the year to celebrate the special milestone. Your local Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. provides services on a non-discriminatory basis. These services are available to help older adults and those with disabilities live safely and independently in their own homes through services paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, other federal and state resources, as well as private pay. The AAA7’s Resource Center is also available to anyone in the community looking for information or assistance with long-term care options. Available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, the Resource Center is a valuable contact for learning more about options and what programs and services are available for assistance. Those interested in learning more can call toll-free at 1800-582-7277 (TTY: 711). Here, individuals can speak directly with a nurse or social worker who will assist them with information surrounding the programs and services that are available to best serve their needs. The Agency also offers an in-home assessment at no cost for those who are interested in learning more. Information is also available on, or the Agency can be contacted through e-mail at The Agency also has a Facebook page located at ncyOnAgingDistrict7.

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Lion's Sarene Bellamy, David Hook, and Melanie Phistner work to prepare pancakes at the annual West Union Lion's Club Pancake Breakfast last month. Last month, the West Union Lion's Club sponsored its annual Pancake Breakfast at Venture Productions in West Union. Throughout the all-you-can-eat event, dozens of local residents enjoyed a hearty breakfast served by local Lion's. According to the Club, over $1,000 was raised to support local projects of the Club. The West Union Lion's Club will be releasing details on the annual radio auction later this month, however, no date has been set as the auction will be moved to the fall rather than being held in the spring.

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Architect selected forSSCC campus in Brown County

The architect has been selected for Southern State Community College’s prospective campus in Brown County near Mt. Orab. The college’s newest campus will be designed by BHDP Architects, headquartered in Cincinnati and Columbus. Southern State received proposals from 35 architectural firms. College officials and representatives from the State Architect’s Office (SAO) conducted interviews with four firms Friday, March 9, on the college’s Fayette Campus in Washington C.H. Members of the Long-Range Planning and Facilities Committee of the college’s Board of Trustees were invited to participate in the proceedings. Using a well-defined process for grading each application and assessing each firm, BHDP was ultimately selected. “The group was impressed with BHDP’s experience in designing learning spaces for higher education,” said Dr. Kevin Boys, SSCC president. “They responded well to our interest in designing a campus that would take us to the ‘next level.’” Moving forward on the project, college officials will use the same process to select a construction management firm. The request for qualifications (RFQ), a standard business process with the purpose of inviting firms into a competitive selection process, is scheduled to be released within the next few days. Once a construction management firm is in place, the college can begin plans for the design of the new space. “We expect for the ground-breaking to occur this summer,” said Dr. Boys. “The construction phase could take about 18 months, which would position us to open the Mt. Orab site to students for Fall Semester 2014.” In searching for a replacement site for Southern State’s current South Campus located near Fincastle, a market analysis identified Mt. Orab—specifically the State Route 32/Appalachian Highway area —as the prime location based on population centers and accessibility. The construction site is a 63-acre parcel located at the junction of State Route 32 and Brooks Malott Road. The expansion project will be coordinated through the SAO, which oversees the design and construction of facilities for state agencies, boards, commissions and institutions of higher education. To learn more about the architectural firm, visit

Climbing Clever Cloverbuds Submitted by: Gabe Grooms Climbing Clever Cloverbuds Reporter The Climbing Clever Cloverbuds kicked off the 2012 4-H year with an outing to the Sunset Bowl. Everyone in attendance enjoyed a great time of food and bowling! A 2012 organizational meeting was held on February 9th at Snappy’s Tomato Pizza in West Union. The meeting was called to order by the 2011 President, all participated in reciting the pledges and roll call was completed by the 2011 secretary. Our activity for the meeting was the candy guessing jar won by Lindsey Taylor. Our first official meeting of the year was held on February 23rd at the Liberty Township Hall. The meeting was called to order, all participated in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4H Pledge. Roll call was taken by each member’s favorite candy. Election of 2012 club officers was held and are as follows: President, Austin Kingsolver; Vice-President, Lizzy Grooms; Secretary, Kelsey Young; Treasurer, Shelby May; News Reporter, Gabe Grooms; Recreation leader, Zane Kingsolver; Safety Officer; Kiersten Rowe; and Health Officer; Lucy Kersey. The club has 26 members currently and we wish to welcome our four newest members, Lauren Hoop, Brandt Seaman, LaShae Smitson and Kelsey Young. The Climbing Clever Cloverbuds are fortunate to have four advisors: Regina Boling, Monja Kingsolver, Matt Hilderbrand and Audrey Williams. A meeting was held on March 8th at the Liberty Township Hall. The meeting was called to order by Club President Austin Kingsolver. Roll call was taken by Club Secretary Kelsey Young and answered by favorite color. Everyone present participated in reciting the pledges. The health report was completed by Lucy Kersey on “Choosing Healthy Foods” and presented by Emilee Davis. The safety report was completed by Kiersten Rowe on “Tornadoes” and presented by Emilee Davis. Officer Induction will be held at the next meeting scheduled for March 22nd at Jefferson Gym in Blue Creek. All club members will participate in the officers’ induction. The meeting was adjourned by Zane Kingsolver and Emilee Davis.

2012 High School Seniors Scholarship Deadline Approaching The deadline to submit your application for one a $500 scholarship being offered by the Adams County Farm Bureau is Thursday, March 29 at 4:00 p.m. Applications may be obtained from the high school guidance counselors, VoAg Instructors or Adams County Farm Bureau. These are also available on the web at Then click on county pages, then click on Adams County on the map. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the Adams County Farm Bureau at 937-378-2212. Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday-Thursday.

All-County Arts & Music Festival You don't have to travel out of our county to see creative works of art and listen to beautiful musical performances. The annual All-County Arts & Music Festival at West Union High School on Wednesday, March 28. The evening gets underway at 6:00 p.m. with a reception, hosted by the Adams County Arts Council. Works of art, including the language arts, by students from all county high schools will be on display in the gymnasium. Also, included in the showcase is a presentation by the Restaurant Management/Culinary Arts Class at the Ohio Valley Career and Technical Center. The concert, featuring the All-County Band and All-County Choir, will begin at 7:00 PM. The Tim Lewis Fine Art Scholarship will be awarded during the festival. Tim Lewis, son of Judy and the late John Lewis of Manchester, graduated from Manchester High School in 1978. The $1,000 scholarship has been awarded annually since 1992. For the sixth year, Mr. Jim McCoy will be presenting the Joan Wittenmyer McCoy Memorial Art Award totaling $1,200 to 3 high school seniors and each high school art teacher. Jim and Joan were originally residents of Adams County, and Jim has established this award in memory of his late wife, Joan. The conductor for the All-County Choir will be Mrs. Beth Huntley, WUHS choir instructor. The All-County Band will be under the direction of Mr. Jay Garey, Miami Trace High School band director. The All-County Arts & Music Festival has been held annually since its rejuvenation in 1984. The opportunity to take one’s creative talent to a higher plateau and perform or exhibit in this annual showing continues to encourage our students to excel in the arts. The support of the community in attending this annual event demonstrates the importance of creative and performing arts in society. Please plan to attend this exciting evening showcasing the talents of our students.

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