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< Tax Issues on November Ballot

        An additional tax levy is proposed for Mid-East Career and Technology Centers and will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot along with several proposed levies for Monroe County townships.
        The Mid-East Career and Technology Centers (formerly called Mid-East Ohio Vocational School) is asking voters for approval of an additional 1.4 mill tax for permanent improvements commencing in 2008, first due in calendar year 2009. The centers are located in Muskingum, Coshocton, Fairfield, Guernsey, Licking, Monroe, Noble, Perry and Washington counties.
        Adams Township: an additional tax for the purpose of road maintenance and repairs at a rate not exceeding 3 mills for three years for each one dollar of evaluation.
        Green Township: an additional 1 mill tax for three  years to pay for road maintenance. Collections would begin in calendar year 2009.

<Ferguson Eyes Commissioner Post

Malaga resident Paul Ferguson is seeking a seat on the board of county commissioners.
        A Barnesville High School graduate, Ferguson has worked in Monroe County for 31 years and has been a resident of the county for the past 24. He attended Ohio University where he studied engineering for two years.
  Ferguson was employed by and retired from Ohio Bell/Ameri-tech with 34 years service.
        During his career with the telephone company, he was a union man for nine years before going into management, where he spent 24 years. As manager his responsibilities included supervision, loading, and evaluating employees in many locations.He was responsible for dozens of telephone buildings and multimillions of dollars of telephone equipment.

<  Four-H Shooting Program Begins

A 4-H Shooting Sports program will begin Oct. 26 at the Henri Coulson building on the Monroe County Fairgrounds. The program has been made possible through donations. Bruce Zimmer, 4-H Extension Educator, and Gene VanMeenen, 4-H Shooting Sports volunteer, accept a check for $1,000 from Tim Blake, who represents the Monroe County Longbeards, a chapter of the NWTF.         Photo Submitted

 

Four-H volunteers Gene, Linda and David VanMeenen and Teri Majors will begin a new 4-H archery class on Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. in the Henri Coulson building on the Monroe County Fairgrounds.
        The series of classes will run for six weeks. All equipment for the classes will be provided.
        The 4-H program will teach basic shooting fundamentals, range commands, use of protective equipment and maintenance of archery equipment. Volunteers become certified through Ohio 4-H by attending a weekend training workshop to learn techniques necessary to teach youngsters the basic fundamentals of shooting.
        Youth in third grade and up are invited to attend and should pre-register by contacting the OSU Extension office at 740-472-0810.
        The program is being made possible by donations from the Monroe County Longbeards, a chapter of the National Wildlife Turkey Federation; Peters Law Office; Woodsfield Savings Bank; Westfall’s Florist; Dr. Robert Christen; Woodsfield Carry-out; PPG Industries and Broughton Natural Resource Endowment.
        The funds have been used to purchase archery targets, bows, arrows and safety equipment.


<IPS Leaving Monroe County

by Arlean Selvy
Publisher
        As Monroe County struggles with economic development, one of its primary businesses is moving out. Industrial Paint and Strip (IPS) expects to close its doors by mid-November.
        Permanent layoffs for 11 employees began Sept. 5. Since then, four others have lost their jobs, leaving a workforce of 18.
        “[Laying off employees] was the hardest thing to do,” said IPS President Rich Libby, who is co-owner with his wife Jeannie. He noted that at one time the plant employed 50 people.
        “These were our friends and neighbors,” said Jeannie Libby, tears  filling her eyes. “They have bills to pay ... families...”
        Rich and Jeannie Libby purchased an existing business in Waynesfield, Ohio on Jan. 2. Fetter Finishing is now IPS West. The new plant does electrocoating, powder coating, nylon coating and stripping. It is a larger operation than the IPS in Monroe County.

It was an exciting time when announcement was made by the then economic developer Mike Lloyd that Monroe County native Rich Libby would bring Industrial Paint and Strip to the county’s Commerce Park. With the July 2000 announcement, IPS became the first business to locate in a park. The company expects to close its doors in mid-November.                             
Photo by Martha Ackerman

 

< Obituaries

FLOYD E. HALL
        Floyd E. Hall, 92, Graysville, died Oct. 8, 2008 in the Monroe County Care Center, Woodsfield. He was born Dec. 17, 1915 in Graysville, a son of the late Harry Hall and Mattie Mobberly Hall.
        He was a retired farmer and oil field worker, and a member of the Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ.
        Surviving are his wife of 69 years, Dorothia Haas Hall of Woodsfield; two daughters, Betty (Willis) Anderson and Shirley Hall, both of Graysville; two sisters, Leona Beardmore of Marietta, Clarice (Chester) Devore of Canton; two grandchildren, Master Sgt. Eric Anderson of Yakota Air Force Base, Japan, Stacy (Jerry) Bradford of Marietta; five great-grandchildren, Ema and Ana Anderson of Kenmore, Washington, Isaac Anderson of Japan, Shallyn and Morgan Bradford of Marietta.
        In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Mervin Hall; five sisters, Martha Lea Hall, Grethel Gray, Lottie Scott, Maxine Marshall and Stella Ayers.
        Friends were received Oct. 10 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where funeral services were held Oct. 11 , with Jeff Rich officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery near Graysville.
        Condolences can be expressed at www.bauerturner.com

WILLIAM F. “BILL” HEFT
        William F. “Bill” Heft, 92, died Sept. 25, 2008, at his home in Clearwater, Fla. He was born Oct. 29, 1915, a son of the late Lewis and Minnie Christman Heft of Lewisville.
        He graduated from Lewisville High School in 1934. He was employed during WWII by Atlas Powder Co. of Ravenna as a supervisor on the load line of 75mm anti-aircraft shells. He later worked for Packard Electric Division of General Motors in Warren retiring in 1974 as a maintenance supervisor.
        He was a charter member of the Paris Ruritan Club near Ravenna, serving as president, other positions on the board and a convention representative for many years. He was the last survivor of the 25 charter members.
        The Hefts enjoyed living on their small farm at Newton Falls and upon retiring they moved to Clearwater. For many years they enjoyed traveling throughout all the United States and visiting many islands and foreign countries.
        Surviving are his wife of 70 years, Martha Hipsher; three daughters, Mary Ann Walker, Jean (Jim) Albert of Clearwater, Nancy (Bob) Strausser of Cuyahoga Falls; eight grandchildren 12 great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
        In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Theodore, Francis, Stanley, Paul and Charles; two sisters, Bessie Sutherland, Melba Reich.
        Private services were held Sept. 27 at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park.

GLADYS R. REICH
        Gladys R. Reich, 94, 32975 TH 70, Lewisville, died Oct. 9, 2008, at the Monroe County Care Center, Woodsfield. She was born Aug. 15, 1914 near Lewisville, a daughter of the late Jacob and Rachel Matz Christman.
        She was a homemaker; formerly worked in the family business in Jerusalem, and the former Reich’s Meat Market in Barnesville. Gladys was also a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ near Lewisville and she enjoyed gardening, crocheting, quilting, reading, needle work and especially her family.
        Surviving are a daughter, Rose (Ed) Frank of Lewisville; two sons, Larry (Glenda) Reich of Woodsfield, Vernon (Myra) Reich of Lowell; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; two sons-in-law, Frosty (Karen) Frank of Woodsfield, and Dale Yontz of Woodsfield.
        In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Reich on June 19, 1999; two daughters, Janet Frank and Sandra Yontz; a brother, Elmer (Clara) Christman; five sisters, Bertha (Arthur) Neuhardt, Oneda (Gilbert) Ludwig, Edna (Harold) Young, Ruby (Vernon) Mann, Zelda (Okey) Rubel; a nephew was reared in her home, Elwood (Esther) Hossman.
        Friends were received Oct. 11 at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield. Friends were then received at Trinity United Church of Christ near Lewisville until time of service on Oct. 12, with Rev. Karen Binford officiating. Burial followed in Miltonsburg Cemetery.
        Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity United Church of Christ, 47345 Lewisville-Northern Rd., Lewisville, OH 43754.
        Online condolences may be expressed at www.wattersfuneralhome.com.

WILLIAM SCHUMACHER
       
William B. Schumacher, 76, Newark, formerly of Woods-field, died Oct. 12, 2008, at his home in the presence of his family. He was born Jan. 5, 1932 in Woodsfield, a son of the late Leo and Barbara Weisend Schu-macher.
        He served his country from 1953-55 in the U.S. Army. He was a 30-year retiree of Ormet Corporation of Hannibal. He also built homes and raised registered Polled Hereford cattle. He served many offices in the South Eastern Polled Hereford Association and was a member of the Monroe County Fairboard for 18 years. He was a member of St. Sylvester parish in Woodsfield.
        He was a great supporter of high school sports. He loved his farm, country, family and God. He will be remembered for his beautiful smile.
        Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Carol Secrest Schumach-er of Newark; two sons, Tom (Cindy) Schumacher, Stephen Schumacher, both of Woods-field; two daughters, Jane (Jeff) Cox, Sally (Danny) Mummey, both of Newark; 10 grandchildren, Ryan (Jenny) Schumacher, Rachael Schumacher, John Schumacher, Lance Schumach-er, Amy, Kevin and Mitchell Cox, Hannah, Joseph and Shae Mummey; and his great-grandson and namesake, Billy Schumacher; two sisters, Lucille Block of Cincinnati and Sr. Evelyn Ann Schumacher of Manitowac, Wisc.
        In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Lawrence, Charles, Gilbert, Ambrose, Norbert Schumacher; two sisters, Mary Jennings and Evelyn King.
        Friends will be received Oct. 15 from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 p.m. at Bauer-Turner Funereal Home, Woodsfield. A Funeral Mass with Military Services will be observed on Oct. 16, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Sylvester Catholic Church, Woodsfield.
        Burial will be in the church cemetery. Rosary Service will be held Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. the funeral home.
        Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Central Ohio, 2269 Cherry Valley Rd., Newark, OH 43055 or St. Sylvester School, 119 Wayne St., Woodsfield, OH 43793.
        Condolences may be expressed at www.bauerturner.com

Gladys L. Highman
        Gladys L. Highman, 88, 39016 SR 26, Graysville, died Oct. 13, 2008, at the Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Woodsfield. She was born June 24, 1920 near Graysville, a daughter of the late Aaron and Martha Cline Smith.
        She was a former owner of Highman’s Store in Grayville, where she was an agent for the Division of Wildlife for over 25 years. Gladys was a member of the Graysville United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Ladies Aide.
        Surviving are five sons, Daryl (Nina) Highman of Senecaville, Paul (Becky) Highman of Woodsfield, Greg (Susan) High-man of Graysville, Roger (Jackie) Highman of Woods-field, Roy (Melody) Highman of Graysville; a sister, Ethel Piatt of Devola; nine grandchildren, Rick (Tammie) Highman, Rusty Highman, Mollie (Dave, Jr.) Landefeld, Sarah (Sean) Gillilan, Jared Highman, Janel Highman, Ryan Highman, Shane Highman and Kevin Highman; three great-grandchildren, Alexis Highman, Dustin and Mason Landefeld.
        In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Highman on July 24, 2004; and a sister, Mary Cline.
        Friends will be received at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield, on Oct. 15, from 2 - 9 p.m., where funeral services will be held Oct. 16, at 11 a.m., with Rev. James Porter officiating. Burial will follow in the Low Gap Cemetery, near Rinard Mills.
        Memorial contributions may be made to the Graysville United Methodist Church, c/o Tina Loch, 38894 SR 26, Graysville, OH 45734.
        Online condolences may be expressed at www.wattersfuneralhome.com

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<Around the Burnside

Wealth from get rich schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows.
        Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when dreams come true, there is life and joy.
        I sometimes wonder how many folks do not realize at one time we could only change channels on our TV by turning a dial. It was good to have kids around; you could tell them “go turn the TV.” I guess you might call them a two-legged remote.
        Could be some of us could get a little more needed exercise if we still had to get up to change channels.
        The other Sunday I was thumbing through our remote and, believe it or not, it ended up on RFD and the  “Hee Haw” television program. That is “real” TV and I hadn’t seen it for years. I enjoyed.
        One thing about writing Around the Burnside, most of the things I write about are old news. For example, our county football teams went wild last week and scored over 130 points total on Oct. 3. This news is now 13 days old. Even at that I’d say it’s still news and I expect they might match it on down the line. Say, this would be a good contest. Guess how many points will the three teams score each week. The winner could get an ice cream cone or some kind of a prize.
        I drove into Woodsfield some time ago and all the traffic lights except one were blinking red on one side and yellow on the other side. I about went nuts. Actually you can go through a yellow light at your own risk but should stop. Red you must stop. I didn’t get hit by another car but I did try to sneak out of town without going through a traffic light.
        I mentioned a TV program earlier; I did enjoy “America’s Got Talent.” I enjoy the early shows when they are choosing the winners and they throw in some super stupid acts. After they pick the top 20, it’s not as interesting as you hear the same acts over and over. When they got down to the final five I picked the winner. I really didn’t care except I didn’t want the two fiddle players to win. I did wonder if my hearing aids had taken the trip. I could not make out any of words of the songs most of them sang.
        Is there anything more beautiful than a rainbow? I think I mentioned this a few weeks back.
        Several days ago when we had a little dab of rain, I went outside to get our evening paper, which wasn’t there. I looked up and there was the brightest rainbow I had seen for a while and the second one a bit dimmer for a double rainbow. Really beautiful.
        I don’t have a chance to see or attend the homecoming celebrations at all the high schools in the county and I’m sure they all were excellent.
        I did enjoy the Monroe Central Homecoming. The parade through town was excellent and the visiting band agreed to present their half-time show pre-game to allow the selection of the queen during half-time.
        One thing I did like was a horse and rider, carrying a USA flag, led the parade and the football team on to the field. I’m sorry I did not get the name of the rider. Thanks a lot for making the parade.
        Another thing I think is an excellent thing is how many schools select a queen. The odd color rose or flower is the queen. The king is also selected by the same method. They are all queens ;the one with the odd color flower gets the crown.
        I think I’ve read that years ago, before I went to OSU, they elected one of their prize cows as homecoming queen.
        When I was walking to buy a program I met two fans. One was carrying a large double horn and the other an air tank. I thought, I sure hope they do not sit close to us. Lucky us, they settled in the student section. There was no trouble hearing the horn. You thought a train or perhaps a ship was standing by.
        I’ve had several folks asking about a Hunter Education Class. I am planning to hold one some time in November. It will probably be held in the cafeteria of Woodsfield Elementary. There is no age limit; however, those 10 years old or less need to have an adult with them. More information later.
        Another enjoyable activity a couple of weeks ago was the Soakum Festival held on the Noble County Fairgrounds.
        I’ve been telling stories at the festival and this year I got sucked in to being the “Town Crier.” Walk around with a black hat, a loose shirt and a bell. Ring the bell and tell everyone what’s going on. Kind of fun except when someone asked you a question you didn’t know. I did, however, get to tell everyone Ohio State beat Minnesota.
        There’s nothing modern at the Soakum. Every thing’s cooked over a wood fire and the soupbeans are excellent. The whiskey still didn’t seem to be working at top speed, but I guess that’s just as well. It tastes like kerosene anyway.
        In addition to all the crafts and food, there are little groups of folks everywhere playing music. There’s always a group of folks standing listening. Probably the best thing is there are small groups standing about everywhere just plain old visiting. Everyone is smiling and I’ve never really heard anyone complain, like you hear at a fair. Everyone enjoys just talking.
        Voltaire said this in 1764; does it hold true today?
        In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of citizens to give to the other.
        Planning to attend church Sunday? Why not?
        Bible readings: From Galatians (Mon.) 1:11-17; (Tues.) 1:18-24; (Wed.) Philippians 3:2-11; (Thurs.) Acts 7:22-31; (Fri.) Philippians 4:10-20; From Acts (Sat.) 9:1-9; (Sun.) 10-21.