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Oct. 22, 2008

< Community Dialogue Results Positive for School Facilities

Tracy Healy, standing at left, and Chuck Warner, standing center back, made their rounds answering questions during the Oct. 14 Community Dialogue meeting at Swiss Hills Career Center. Attendees were given questionnaires which told
evaluators that participants at the meeting are willing to pay for new schools in each area of the county.

by Arlean Selvy
> Publisher
>       The vote taken at an Oct. 14 Community Dialogue meeting
> was unanimous concerning support for school facilities.
>       Following a presentation and completion of questionnaires
> by the approximate 80 individuals attending, results were a
> tallied and the vote was unanimous approval. Everyone said,
> “Yes, I would be willing to support this school facilities
> option through a bond issue.”
>       The estimated cost of school facilities is about $86
> million. The Switzerland of Ohio School District’s share
> (37 percent) would be equal to 8 mills. The state would pay
> 63 percent.
>       For an 8 mill bond issue residents would see new schools
> for Beallsville, Monroe Central, Skyvue, Woodsfield,
> Powhatan and Hannibal/Sardis.  River High School would be
> renovated.
>       At the two-hour community dialogue, options and
> recommendations were presented by Chuck Warner of Warner
> Concepts. Input was gathered via questionnaire. In addition
> to asking,, “Would you support this $86 million option?”
> the questionnaire asked what amenities individuals would
> like to add? For instance: would you pay an additional
> $378,432 per elementary school for science labs? Would you
> pay an additional $1,500,000 per middle school for athletic
> football, baseball, softball stadiums? Would you pay an
> additional $1,576,800 per high school for an auditorium with
> fixed seating and an additional $1,500,000 for football,
> baseball and softball stadiums? Would you add a track at the
> high schools for an additional $1,500,000? Other add-ons at
> high schools included: Field house, $3,784,320; wrestling/
> weight room, $788,400; swimming pool, $8,760,000.
>       Once tallied, those attending the meeting said ‘no’ to
> swimming pools as well as auditoriums with fixed seating.
> Schools are designed with cafetoriums, a
> cafeteria/auditorium combination. The vote was ‘yes’ to
> athletic facilities, track, field house, wrestling.
>       Each add-on is additional dollars for which the voters
> must pay.
>       During October and Novem-ber, a plan will be developed
> based on input gathered at the Community Dialogue and the
> data collected. This report will be presented to the local
> board of education.
>       The third planning committee meeting will be held on Nov.
> 6 to review information from the Community Dialogue and the
> final report and recommendations.
>       A school board work session will be held in November or
> December.
>       Representatives of the planning committee will present the
> final report for approval at a school board meeting in
> November or December. The purpose of the document is to
> provide a profile of the district and a valuable planning
> tool in determining the future direction of the Switzerland
> of Ohio School District.
>       If all goes as planned, the board of education will file
> by Jan. 20 with the Board of Elections to place a levy for
> new school facilities on the May 2009 ballot.
>       “We have to balance our wants and needs against our
> pocket book,” said  Larry Elliott, district
> superintendent. “We have to ask, what legacy we will leave
> our children and grandchildren?”
>       Elliott noted that if upon review of the plan submitted to
> the school board, they feel the millage will be too high for
> voters to approve, the board will have to make cuts.
>       Editor’s Note:
>       Al evy for new schools will not be on the November ballot.
> In November, voters will be asked to approve a renwal levy.
>

<   ~ Civil War Memorial Set at County Courthouse ~

   After an estimated four years, Monroe County’s Civil War Memorial has been erected at the flag pole in front of the courthouse. The granite as well as the two bronze plaques were done at cost by Randall Gallagher Memorials, Inc., which donated the concrete foundation and all labor. The
final work was completed Oct. 16 when Gallagher and two of his employees, Roger Hendershot and Larry Jarrett, attached the bronze to the three-and-a-half feet wide by five-and-a-half feet tall granite slab and positioned it on its four-and-a-half feet by eight inch granite base. The War Memorials were initiated several years ago by Carolyn and True Williams. “This is the last in the [war memorial] plans,” said True Williams.”It’s finally up.”  From left are Randall Gallagher, True  Williams, Roger Hendershot and Larry Jarrett.  
Photo by Arlean Selvy

 


<Kerns Pleads Guilty to Murder Of 20-Month Old Evan Hess

Jayson Lee Kerns, 21, Woodsfield, entered a guilty plea to murder, a special felony, in the death of 20-month old Evan Edward Hess. The child was beaten Jan. 2 and died Jan. 3 as the result of injuries. Kerns is scheduled for sentencing on Oct. 30. Photo by Arlean Selvy

       “I just lost control.”
       That was the answer given by Jayson Lee Kerns when he was asked by Common Pleas Court Judge Julie Selmon  to explain
> to her what happened on Jan. 2, 2008.
>       “You lost control? Well, what happened?” the Judge asked.
>       “I started hitting him.”
>       “You started hitting Evan - is that who you’re
> referring to? He was 20-months old; is that correct?”
>       Prosecuting Attorney Lynn Riethmiller said the toddler,
> Evan Edward Hess, was left with Kerns by Tara Darby, the
> child’s mother, on Jan. 2 when she went to work.
> Riethmiller reported Kerns struck the child multiple times
> in the head resulting in massive brain injury and causing
> the child’s death. During that same time, according to
> Riethmiller, Kerns caused other injuries to the child
> including blunt force trauma to the head and neck and
> extremities  as  well as injuries to the child’s chest,
> back, hands, shoulders, facial abrasions, contusions and
> other injuries.
>       Kerns acknowledged the information presented by
> Riethmiller as true.
>       Kerns, 21, of 506 Wood St., Woodsfield, entered a
> negotiated guilty plea to murder, a special felony, on Oct.
> 16. By entering a guilty plea, he gave up his right to a
> jury trial and his right to confront those who may testify
> against him.
>       In exchange for his guilty plea, all other charges were
> dropped. 
>       He faces a possible 15 years to life in prison, a $15,000
> fine and mandatory DNA testing.
>       Kerns, who was 20 years old and a high school graduate at
> the time of the offense, had been charged with  two counts
> of murder, each a special felony; one count of aggravated
> murder, a special felony; and one count each of first degree
> domestic violence, second degree endangering children; a
> misdemeanor count of endangering children; and felonious
> assault, a second degree felony.
>       The victim, Evan Edward Hess, was initially transported by
> Woodsfield EMS on Jan. 2 to Barnesville Hospital. He was
> airlifted from Barnesville to Akron Children’s Hospital
> where he died on Jan. 3.
>       Kerns was remanded to the custody of the Monroe County
> Sheriff without bond. He will be sentenced Oct. 30 at 10
> a.m. 

< Price Vies for County Commissioner

Currently serving as Monroe County Sheriff, Tim Price is looking to change careers. Having started in law enforcement 30 years ago, working for former Sheriff Francis ‘Tink’
Sulsberger, Price is seeking election to the county commissioner’s term which begins January 2, 2009.
       Following graduation from River High School, Price attended Wright State University in Dayton. Upon returning to Monroe County, he began working in law enforcement with
 the sheriff’s office and later as a patrolman for the Village of Woodsfield. For a time, he was employed as a potroom laborer at Ormet Corpora-tion, and then returned to the sheriff’s office as Chief Deputy for former sheriff Bob Wilson in 1985. He has remained at the sheriff’s office since that time.
       Price and his wife, Rhonda, have been married 29 years and
> reside near Sardis with their 14-year old twin daughters,
> Lauren and Leanna, who are eighth grade students at Hannibal
> Elementary. Rhonda is currently employed as an
> administrative assistant with the Ohio Department of
> Transportation district office in Marietta.
>       “My years of public service have enabled me to gain
> familiarization with all areas of the county, its residents,
> and their concerns. In addition, I am pleased to have been
> able to develop a working relationship with various county
> departments and office holders,” said Price.
>       A licensed auctioneer in Ohio and West Virginia, Price has
> worked with Weddle, Bigley and Christy Auctioneers for the
> past 11 years. This, too, has given him the opportunity to
> meet many county residents with whom he has become better
> acquainted.
>       Price recently stated, “After careful consideration, I
> have decided that having worked in law enforcement for the
> past 30 years, beginning as a patrol deputy and ending my
> law enforcement career as county sheriff, I am ready for a
> change of course. I am hoping to remain in public service,
> and am looking forward to serving in the role of county
> commissioner.”
>
>

<Rabid Bat Found in Woodsfield

The Monroe County Health Department received a report on
> Sept. 24 that a man had been bitten by a bat at his
> residence. The bat was still on the victim’s porch in a
> cardboard box. It was immediately collected by the health
> department and shipped to the Ohio Department of Health
> laboratories in Reynoldsburg. On the 25th, the bat was found
> to be rabid and arrangements were made for the gentleman to
> receive post-exposure rabies treatment.
>       “These shots may well have saved the man’s life,”
> said Linda Masters, Monroe County Health Department.
>       Residents of Monroe County should be aware that rabies has
> been found in the bat population. Exposure to bats or any
> other unknown or wild animal should be avoided. Individuals
> should never pick up an unknown animal with their bare
> hands. Avoid areas or wear protective clothing where bats
> may roost.
>       Rabies is a disease that is transmitted to people during a
> bite or other exposure to saliva or nervous tissue of the
> infected animal. According to Masters, individuals should
> keep in mind that the bite of a bat can be very small and
> almost undetectable. Bites, or exposure to a bat, should be
> reported to the health department immediately. As well, a
> bat found in the room with a sleeping person should be
> reported to the health department immediately. For more
> information on rabies, visit these websites:
> http://www.dh.ohio
> .gov/odhPrograms/idc/zoodis/rabies/rabl.aspx,
> http://www.cdc. gov/rabies or www.mchealthdept.com
>

< Obituaries

 

<Our Readers Write:

Dear Editor,
>       Ronald Reagan once called the USSR the evil empire. I
> thought you might be interested in some news from the
> Ukraine, once a part of that evil empire.
>       I recently received a letter from the Eastern European
> Mission, an organization I have supported for several years.
> They supply copies of the bible to the people of eastern
> Europe free of charge.
>       Government officials in the state of Donetsk, Ukraine have
> asked EEM to place Bibles and Biblical literature in all of
> the 1,188 public schools in the state, in which there are
> 366,000 students. The EEM is going to give every student
> their own Bible and every school will get Bible literature
> and study helps. Ukraine’s other states are closely
> watching this work and if it is successful they will make
> the same offer. The officials say they will help the EEM in
> their efforts. The government that was once part of the evil
> empire is now embracing the word of God.
>       It amazes me that this is happening. It saddens me the
> “Old Nation Under God” is going in the opposite
> direction. Why are our schools filled with drugs and guns?
> Why are children in our cities and small towns killing each
> other? Why are there so many suicides? Why do young men
> father children for whom they feel no responsibilities? Why
> do young women think being popular is worth the risk of
> pregnancy and STD’s? Why is it cheating, lying and
> stealing appear to be the norm, from our schools and
> colleges to the highest levels of our government and
> corporate board rooms?
>       Our government tells us it is illegal to do any thing that
> promotes Christian Values in our schools. A teacher in our
> schools that would even think about teaching Christian
> Values risks being fired and sued. That same teacher could
> teach anything else including other religious, just not
> Christianity. Government Officials, (elected and appointed),
> Judges, and Prosecutors will not let us display our values
> let alone help us promote them. I am proud of my American
> heritage but not proud of what I see happening to it. I pray
> for America and the Ukraine.
>       Isn’t it time for Christians to be as vocal about what
> we believe as the infidels, humanists and socialists in our
> midst have been? We know the effects of Christianity because
> we know how it has changed our lives. Why should we let our
> country, our communities, our families and especially our
> children’s lives be at risk? We need to stand up for the
> Good News found in God’s Word. We should not have to learn
> the hard way as the USSR has. We should be glad we are
> Americans and thankful for the opportunity to be Christians.
> We need to let our influence be felt in Washington and in
> Hollywood, on Wall Street and on Main Street, in Day Care
> and in the Universities. We must not let “The Light” be
> covered up by the arrogant propaganda of the  “elite” of
> our society. Christian influence is what used to make this
> country different from most of the other powers of the
> world. Without it we won’t recognize the country we
> inherited.
>       True Freedom will disappear in proportion with the
> unrestrained increase of attacks on our “Faith”! Some
> have said, “There are two things we should not discuss
> Politics and Religion.” I believe they are so important we
> are compelled to talk about both. I also believe that to
> keep our religious beliefs out of politics is impossible. It
> is who we are and those who say we can keep them apart are
> either denying who they are or are not who they claim to be.
>       If we don’t stand for something are we good for
> anything? How are we going to be remembered? Will we be
> “The Greatest Generation” or the worst? Most of us will
> not leave a lot of wealth for those that come after us. If
> that is the case, what will we leave for our beneficiaries?
> Sincerely concerned,
> Michael J. Fuchs, Beallsville

<Around the Burnside

People who despise advise will find themselves in trouble;
> those who respect it will succeed.
>       The advice of the wise is a lifegiving  fountain; those
> who accept it avoid the snares of death.
>       Well, another good week for our county football teams. 137
> points scored. If you had guessed this , you might have won
> an ice cream cone. I expect they will come close to this one
> Friday night.
>       As you know, the Beallsville and Monroe Central volleyball
> teams are going g-g-great. Beallsville girls captured their
> OVAC Division for the third year in a row and Monroe Central
> four years in a row. Quite an accomplishment. You know by
> now if they are still in the hunt.
>       I hadn’t thought of this, but I think volleyball is the
> only game where you can have a kill and a dig in the same
> game.
>       The fall season is upon us. The leaves are turning
> beautiful colors and also getting scattered all over the
> ground. Some years we have a nice wind and our leaves visit
> a neighbor’s yard.
>       Gone are the days. We had several maple trees in our yard
> that produced a good supply of leaves. We didn’t worry
> that much; we just raked them in a ditch and burned them.
> Can’t do that today.
>       I mentioned last week how handy it was to have a TV
> remote. Another thing we have is  just as handy.
>       When the weather got rather chilly some time ago, our
> house got too cold to sit and watch TV comfortably. I just
> got up, flipped a switch, punched a button a time or two,
> and presto, our house was warm.
>       At home it was put on a jacket or go to bed. The stoves
> hadn’t been put up as yet. It is getting time to put up
> the stoves. We had three. One stayed up all year in Mom
> & Dad’s bedroom. I’m not sure where we stored the
> living room stove, but the dining room stove was stored in a
> closet underneath a set of stairs in the dining room.
>       This was where I changed clothes to get ready for school.
> During the winter this was from the skin out, as some wise
> guy would make fun of those of us who wore long johns with
> the trap door in the rear. As soon as I got home I changed
> back. By doing this your school clothes would last more than
> one day. Kind of handy when you only had a couple of overall
> pants that didn’t have a couple of patches.
>       After the stoves were in place it meant keeping a fire
> going, carrying out ashes and filling the coal buckets with
> coal we dug during the summer.
> This wasn’t all. There was corn to be cut, then husked,
> then hauled to the corn crib. Now a  days, it seems kind of
> stupid how we raised our corn. Actually we didn’t need to
> raise much corn for a few chickens, to fatten up a Jersey
> steer and give Tony and Tom a few ears once in a while.
>       After working our few acres for corn and planting, the
> best was yet to come. We had to plow and hoe the corn at
> least three times or until it was “laid away,” as Dad
> called it. The next move was cutting and shucking the corn.
>       Next was husking. This was kind of a trip. We would husk
> the corn and throw it in a pile by each shock. Dad would
> really complain if we left any little husk, he called a
> “ribbon”, on the ear. Then we drove a wagon around and
> picked up the corn we had thrown on the ground. It was then
> hauled to the crib, located in our barn, and we shoveled the
> corn through a door several feet above the wagon bed. The
> fodder and corn stalks, were hauled to a rack close to our
> hay stack. We then could feed it to our cows when the
> weather was decent. Ethanol wasn’t heard of at the time
> plus the fact we used no fossil fuel to raise our corn crop.
>       Maybe the way we did things are a bit outmoded today. We
> didn’t have any other way to get it done. To my knowledge
> it never hurt any of us. Even with this work we still had
> time to be kids.
>       On Sunday we didn’t work. Some of us attended church and
> after dinner the time was ours. We didn’t have girls to
> bother us and we always had something to do. At times, we
> would just sit on a big rock at the lower end of town and
> watch the cars go by, wondering where they were from and
> where they were going.
>       After chores were done in the evening, this was also our
> time. Believe me, we could think of many things to do. We
> had no TV to watch, video games to play,  computer to play
> with plus most houses were a bit hot inside during the
> summer. We knew and understood our limits and we kept within
> these limits, most of the time. We went to bed early, got up
> early in the morning and started all over again.
>       Don’t get me wrong; there were times when I thought how
> nice it would be to have a hay fork in the barn, a hay
> loader to hook behind the hay wagon, a matched team of
> horses instead of a retired race horse and small mule or
> even a pony. I knew at an early age this was not possible
> for us at this time. We made do with what we had. I don’t
> think I’d change a thing.
>       Only time of the year I can ask this question: What do you
> call a meatless hotdog? A hollow wiener. Get it?
>       Ann Landers once said: The true measure of a man is how he
> treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
>       Get in practice for Christmas; attend church Sunday.
> Bible readings: Mon: Acts 1:15-26; From Matthew, Tue:
> 10:1-15; Wed: 10:16-25; Thur: 10:32-39; Fri: 1 Timothy
> 4:6-16; Sat: Acts 28:25-31; Sun: Acts 13:1-12
>