With the holiday season comes the renowned Christmas spirit - the feeling that we should act better to our fellow man - and several organizations exist that help tune us into that Christmas spirit. The Salvation Army is the first organization to come to mind with their Christmas kettles.


The Adams County Ohio Valley School District Board of Education held a regular board meeting at the Ohio Valley Career and Technical Center on Thursday, Dec. 4. The proposed changes to the community use of school facilities policy was on the evening's agenda for a vote. As was discussed in the Wednesday, Nov. 26, edition of The People's Defender , a proposed change to district policy will allow community groups focused on students, such as 4-H and knothole baseball, to use school buildings for free, as long as no fundraising takes place.


Black ribbons joined garland and wreaths on the front of the Adams County Courthouse Monday, Dec. 8, to mourn the passing of former Adams County Commissioner Starley Gustin on Sunday, Dec. 7, the same day as his 95th birthday. Black ribbons joined garland and wreaths on the front of the Adams County Courthouse Monday, Dec. 8, to mourn the passing of former Adams County Commissioner Starley Gustin on Sunday, Dec. 7, the same day as his 95th birthday.


A police pursuit originating in Adams County with an allegedly stolen vehicle ended within the borders of Highland County on Wednesday morning with the apprehension of a wanted man. According to scanner traffic and law enforcement, Quentin L. Havens, 35, of Beaver, was apprehended following the vehicle pursuit with police that started in Adams County and touched Pike and Highland counties, too.


It's December, time to really let all that Holiday spirit kick into gear. The Adams County Senior Citizens Office has a Toys for Tots drop off box from the Marine Corps Reserve located in the lobby.


While out Christmas shopping, listening to carols, or enjoying a Christmas movie, take a moment to remember Sunday, Dec. 7. Seventy-three years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared it "a date which would live in infamy," as the day of the Pearl Harbor attacks. On the morning of Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese bombers launched a surprise attack on the Pacific fleet, damaging all eight battleships and sinking three cruisers, three destroyers, one minelayer, and an anti-aircraft training ship.


The Manchester, Peebles, and West Union Lions Clubs held a county-wide tree lighting ceremony at the courthouse square on Saturday, Nov. 29. The Manchester, Peebles, and West Union Lions Clubs held a county-wide tree lighting ceremony at the courthouse square on Saturday, Nov. 29. The Adams County Lions Clubs held their fourth annual tree lighting ceremony on the Adams County Courthouse lawn to usher in the Christmas season on Saturday, Nov. 29. Adams County Commissioner Paul Worley served as the guest of honor and urged the crowd to count down with him as he lit the tree at approximately 8 p.m. Santa Claus also made an appearance, riding in a fire truck in the parade at the beginning of the ceremony and greeting the crowd from the stage at the end before taking a seat in the sleigh in front of the tree for photos with children.


Although the 2014 construction season is coming to a close, a project is slated to begin in Adams County as contractors for the Ohio Department of Transportation will impart lane restrictions next week on state Route 770. On Monday, Dec. 1, crews from the Alan Stone Company will reduce S.R. 770 to one, 11-foot lane at the 2.01-mile marker for a slide repair project.


A grand jury issues an indictment after reviewing the evidence presented and finds that there is probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed. Those indicted are still innocent until found guilty by a jury of their peers in a court of law.


The Manchester Police Department received information concerning a possible drug deal on Thursday, Nov. 20. The suspects were on their way to Adams County to sell heroin, and, with the forewarning, Chief Jeff Bowling and Officer Jason Mallott of the Manchester Police Department and Sergeant Matt Windle of the Seaman Police Department worked with a confidential informant to set-up a controlled buy. The suspects demanded that the exchange take place at the Manchester First Stop.


On Monday, Nov. 24, a trailer loaded with over 961 shoeboxes filled with gifts for needy children by local churches and individuals departed West Union for distribution around the world as part of "Operation Christmas Child." Operation Christmas Child is a worldwide children's project of Samaratitans Purse, and International Christian Relief Organization headed by Franklin Graham, that collects gift-filled shoeboxes and delivers them to children living in desperate situations around the world.


On Monday, Nov. 17 Adams County Board of Elections finalized the official count of the 2014 General Election held on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Unlike the Primary Election held in May, the official count didn't overturn the unofficial results. At the local level, the official results show all but one of the proposed levies passing, as 52.62 percent voted for the Peebles Village current expenses additional levy and 71.04 percent voted for the renewal of the Winchester current expenses levy.


The Adams County Lions Clubs will hold the fourth annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Adams County Courthouse on Saturday, Nov. 29. Booths will open 5 p.m. as individuals arrive for the parade line-up. Christmas Treats will need to be registered by 5:30 p.m. prior to the start of the parade, which will get underway between 5:30 and 5:45 p.m. Once the parade has ended, the Liberty Band will entertain the crowd with Christmas music, before the cast of "Anne of Green Gables - The Musical" arrives to perform a sneak preview for the audience.


The Adams County/Ohio Valley Board of Education held a regular meeting at the Ohio Valley Career and Technical Center on Thursday, Nov. 20. The board usually meets every other week; however, this meeting was moved ahead due to the normal meeting time falling on Thanksgiving Day. No students or staff were recognized at this meeting, but West Union Elementary School showed the presentation they gave at a recent conference meeting.


It's that time of year, when snow covers the ground, lights are hung on houses, people flood to the stores to buy gifts, and Fido needs new dog tags. That last one may have caught some off-guard, but, while it may not be that high on the to-do list, dog tags will start being sold on Monday, Dec. 1. Until Jan. 31, individuals can purchase a one-year dog license for $10, a three-year dog license for $30, a permanent dog license for $100, and a kennel license for $50.


The Adams County Lions Clubs are inviting all community residents to "An Adams County Christmas" tree lighting event on 5 p.m. Nov. 29 on the Adams County Courthouse square. This event is part of a cooperative effort of Manchester, Peebles, and West Union Lions Clubs to provide a family-friendly community event for the holiday season.


From left, Stephen Caraway, Adams County Commissioner; Angela Caraway, owner; David Gifford, Adams County Auditor; DeAnne Jane Caraway, daughter of owners; Brian Baldridge, Adams County Commissioners; Forrest Caraway, owner; Paul Worley, Adams County Commissioner; Mark Tolle, Adams County Recorder; and Lisa Newman, Adams County Treasurer, were present as the Caraway Pumpkin Farm was recognized as a century farm by the State of Ohio.