Adams County Information

SPORTS EDITOR'S NOTE: Each week, The People's Defender will profile an Adams County senior student/athlete so our community and readers can get to know better these outstanding young people who participate both in athletics and academics in their high school.

The State of Ohio is made up of 88 counties, and each county has its own unique story as to how it was created and named. While many of Ohio's counties were named after presidents, Native Americans or key figures from the American Revolution, some are named after faraway regions such as Lorraine, France.

Fugitive and suspected bank robber Todd Keith led law enforcement on a multi-county chase through southern Ohio last Friday afternoon, before finally being apprehended near Aberdeen. Grand theft auto and armed robbery suspect, Todd Raymond Keith, 37, was captured late Friday night following a six-hour manhunt that involved nearly 100 law enforcement officials and the closing of bridge traffic between Ohio and Kentucky for several hours.

The Humane Society of Adams County has issued an urgent call for funds needed for more than 20 rescued dogs and puppies and one cat from a property in rural Adams County. The dogs had been left without food or water in rancid conditions until their rescue in one of the county's worst neglect raids, with authorities investigating the owners for possible animal neglect and cruelty violations.

Nearly 50 local Republicans gathered at the McCoy Lumber Depot in Peebles on Saturday, Oct. 8 for a meet and greet with United States Senator Rob Portman. Portman is running for re-election against Ohio's former Democratic governor Ted Strickland.

Harlan W. Benjamin, 77, of Tiffin Township in Adams County, died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016 at his home. He was born Oct. 25, 1938 in Moscow, Ohio.

Stop in at the Humane Society's new Animal Shelter Tuesday through Saturday between 11 a.m and 3 p.m. to pick up flakes of straw for your pet. Thanks to a very generous donation of straw by Dinsmore Farm and Fleet of West Union, the Humane Society is able to offer the straw for free to residents who are experiencing financial difficulties and cannot afford straw to insulate their pets' outdoor doghouses this winter.

Samuel D. "Sam" McClellan, 93 years of Seaman, passed away Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 at the Ohio Veterans Home in Georgetown. Sam was born Sept.

ODOTa Srepresentatives, along with state and public officials, were part of the contingent on hand on Sept. 28 for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new ODOTa Smaintenance facility in West Union.

Just like Linus searching for the Great Pumpkin, these youngsters are lost in the pumpkin patch last weekend at Caraway Farm The Caraway Pumpkin Festival has been a favorite for kids and families for more than 15 years. The annual fair signaling the onset of the fall holiday season draws large crowds to the Caraway Farm in the rolling hills of Blue Creek.

Adams County Sheriff Kimmy Rogers and a group of his Junior Deputies pose with Bengals running back on Saturday night. Bernard was very good to the young men, making sure all of them went home with some type of autographed item.

Visitors turned out Tuesday for the long-awaited grand opening of Monarch Meadows next to the Adams County Regional Medical Center in Seaman. The 55,000 square foot facility is typical of a new generation of upscale retirement and nursing homes providing a range of health and senior living options said Scott Sprenger, President of Continuing Healthcare Solutions.

The Adams County Travel and Visitors Bureau recently had the Kirker Covered Bridge repainted and added a quilt square to the historic covered bridge. Built in 1890, the Kirker Bridge on St. Rt.