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Oct. 29, 2008

< Court Has New Video System

The Monroe County Common Pleas Courtroom has a new video system which enables court exhibits to be displayed on monitors (as shown above) that enable the jurers to view the evidence as it is presented. The Monroe County Bar Association, in conjunction with the Woodsfield Police Department and donors, purchased the equipment. Shown, from left, are James L. Peters, president of the Monroe County Bar Association; Chuck Hamilton, Woodsfield Police Chief; Judge Julie Selmon, Monroe County Common Pleas Court Judge; donors, Alonzo Wilson and Roger Elliott, representing Woodsfield VFW Post 5303; Lorraine Holiday, Beallsville American Legion 768 Post Adjutant; Stanley Davis, representing Woodsfield Moose; and Lewis Jackson, representing Woodsfield Eagles.    Photo by M. Ackerman

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer
        A new video system has been installed in the Monroe County Court of Common Pleas. The Monroe County Bar Association, in conjunction with the Woods-field Police Department, has purchased a 50 inch plasma display and three LCD monitors, one for the Judge’s bench and one for each trial table.
        The new digital technology will enable each party, through their attorneys, to display their exhibits on the plasma display above the jury box (as shown in the photo).
        “I am grateful to the Monroe County Law Library Bar Association and the Woodsfield Chief of Police Chuck Hamilton, who, with the support of generous donations from the Woods-field Eagles, Woodsfield Moose Lodge, Woodsfield VFW and the Beallsville American Legion, made this project possible,” said Judge Julie Selmon, Monroe County Common Pleas Court. “This state-of-the-art technology, which was installed by the fine employees of C.D.I. from Woodsfield, will greatly assist the lawyers and jurors in the presentation and review of documentary evidence as it is presented in court proceedings here in the Monroe County Common Pleas Court. This is just one example how we all, as members of various local community organizations, here in the county can come together and work to accomplish anything we set our minds to it.”
        According to John Yocca, court reporter, the ability to show the exhibits to the jury during trial enables a jury to better understand and receive evidence as it is presented from the attorneys and the witnesses.
        “With the great help from Control Design and Integration, and in particular, the assistance and expertise of Phillip Masters, engineer for CDI, the plasma display and monitors will become an integral part of all jury trials conducted well into the future in Monroe County Common Pleas Court,” said Yocca.
        “This system will be a useful tool for local attorneys to use in the event of jury trials or hearings to be held in the Common Pleas Court,” said James L. Peters, president of the Monroe County Bar Association. “With this system, we have some of the same technology larger counties use.”
        According to Peters, 50 percent of the $4,000 cost of the plasma display system was allocated from the law library fund. The rest was solicited by Police Chief Hamilton. Donors included Woodsfield VFW Post 5303, Woodsfield Moose, Woodsfield Eagles and Beallsville American Legion Post 768.


<Chimes Dedication Sunday

A celebration and dedication of the new Schulmerich Chimes system will be held at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Woodsfield on Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. Babe Briggs, left, and Jeanne Schwall, right, spearheaded the $32,000 project. Paula Frank, organist, sits at the 102-year-old organ to which the system is adapted.
                         Photo by Martha Ackerman

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer
        The beautiful sound of chimes fills the air on each hour and hymns can be heard at noon and  six p.m. The Schulmerich Carillon chimes are the newest addition to the 102-year-old 12-stop Moeller pipe organ at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Woodsfield.
        A celebration and dedication of the Schulmerich Chimes will be held Sunday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. Music will be presented by organist Paula Frank and the Lazy River Band.
        Jeanne Schwall and Babe Briggs, long-time members of the Woodsfield church, spearheaded the purchase of the $32,000 chime system. Jeanne and her late husband Louis Egger became members when they returned to Woodsfield after his military tour. Babe and her late husband Fred Briggs were married in the church in 1946.
        “Two years ago when we had about $7,000 in our Memorial Fund, we began thinking about ways of using this money,” said Schwall. “Several years ago the Methodist Church had chimes they played every day at noon. Both Babe and I remembered how much we enjoyed them and we began looking for information on what is available today, and of course, prices.”
        “We thought about it and prayed,” they said in unison. “We didn’t start until we knew we had support,” said Schwall.
        The ladies sent letters to former members and friends informing them and the congregation what it would cost and if they would be interested in pledging to help raise the money.       “We received enough encouragement to continue our efforts and little-by-little the pledges came in.
        “We were impressed and surprised that so many people wanted to help,” said Schwall. Free will donations could be made in honor of the bells or in memory of a family member or friend. A plaque listing the donors will be displayed.
        “It’s unbelievable what the chime system can do, both inside and in the outside tower,” said Frank. “There are so many possibilities and a lot to learn.”
        Frank, a music teacher at Woodsfield Elementary, said the chimes peal, play funeral dirges, wedding bells and so  much more. She is excited to be exploring all the possibilities available with the Schulmerich Chimes system. “It plays with me or without me,” the organist said. “It’s a unique system. It has a memory card with secular and Broadway songs. We can also create our own card. We can tape music for a Christmas or other program and put it on the card and play it.”
        The system was installed by Humpe Organ Co. “They were impressed with the way the organ is built into the wall,” said Frank, who noted a new pipe organ today would cost to the tune of $250,000. “This is a great addition to the 102-year-old organ.”
        “We think the Schulmerich Chimes system is a great asset to the community as well as our church,” said Schwall, who invites the public to the celebration and dedication.


< Annual BBQ Set for Friday

       Kirt Sloan, manager of Woodsfield’s Riesbeck Food Market, and his employees are ready to serve their delicious ribeye steak and sausage sandwiches, along with soup beans and cornbread at the annual Warm the Children BBQ set for Oct. 30, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The meats, peppers and onions are fresh from Riesbeck’s store.
 Photo by Martha Ackerman

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer
        It’s that time of year again when the weather starts getting cooler and Warm the Children begins raising money to help provide new, warm winter clothing to the children of needy families in the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District.
        Riesbeck’s Food Market Manager Kirt Sloan and his staff are gearing up for their annual BBQ which is set for Friday, Oct. 30, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event benefits the Warm the Children  program and over the last eight years, Riesbeck’s has contributed almost $15,000 to the program.
        The grills will be hot and ready for the ribeye steaks, sausage, onions and green peppers. The soup beans will be cooking in open kettles and the cornbread will be freshly baked. Also on hand, as usual, will be members of the Ruritan who will be making apple butter.
        According to Sloan, Conn’s Potato Chips has been a faithful sponsor of the BBQ. Also contributing to this year’s BBQ are Caito Food Distributors, Pepsi, Nickles Bakery, Broughton’s and Superior Meats. Woodsfield Subway helps out by providing the equipment to cut the peppers and onions.
        The food is always delicious and available at the same great prices. A steak sandwich, chips and soda is only $5; sausage, chips and soda, $4; and soup beans and cornbread, $3. Where else can you get such a bargain and help children, too?
        Don’t forget Oct. 30, 7-5!


<Belmont Technical College: Higher Education Plan Advances

        Belmont Technical College (BTC) recently convened a community task force to move forward a higher education plan for Monroe County. On Sept. 24 the college held the first of several planned meetings with community leaders to solicit input.
        Leading the planning process for BTC is Dr. Lawrence Dukes, President Emeritus of Southern State Community College. With many years of experience as a community college president and direct experience in bringing higher education to rural areas of Ohio, Dr. Dukes shared his experiences with the group.
        There was lively discussion and sharing of information at this session leading to the formulation of several issues to be explored for possible inclusion in the plan. According to Dr. Dukes,” We have a great start to the planning process with community leaders who are committed to enhancing the community by expanding higher education opportunities for the residents of Monroe County.”
        Issues being researched include:
        1) Collaboration with high schools, particularly regarding shared staff to meet new CORE requirements mandated by the state.
        2) Use of grant funding for students.
        3) Formation of a P-16 Council. Originated at the state level, P-16 is a shared education reform effort designed to create a seamless education and workforce system and produce the talent base needed for the 21st century economy.
        4) Use of local or outside funding for the higher education initiative.
        5) Possible development of a pathway to an associate degree that could largely be earned in Monroe County with both onsite and hybrid courses.
        6) Creation of an “adult incentive” grant to assist more adults in enrolling in higher education.
        7) Involving the Ohio Appalachian Center for Higher Education (OACHE) in marketing efforts that have worked in other counties.
        The group thought it was premature to consider any permanent facilities. It will be considered for a goal in the distant future.
        Future agenda items will include:
        1) Establishing a p lan for Fall, 2009.
        2) Establishing the P-16 Council.
        3) Revisiting funding possibilities.
        4) Considering a summer pre-college program to get under-prepared students ready for college.


< Obituaries

        Marguerite Boston Andersen, 83, of Hannibal, passed away quietly on Oct. 25, 2008 in the care of her family at the home of her daughter in Woodsfield. She was born Oct. 25, 1925 in New Martinsville, W. Va., a daughter of the late Neville Victor and Edna Wilt Boston.
 Condolences may be expressed online at:

        Stanley A. Davis, 75, of Woodsfield, died Oct. 22, 2008 at his home. He was born at Somerton on Oct. 4, 1933, a son of the late William and Golda Saffell Davis.
        Online condolences may be expressed at: www.wattersfuneralhome.com

        E. Merle Winkler, 82, of Sardis, died Oct. 23, 2008 at the New Martinsville Health Care Center, New Martinsville, W. Va. She was born Dec. 9, 1925 in Sardis, the daughter of the late Calvin and Mary Romick Myers.    Sympathy expressions at: grisellfuneralhomes.com

        Ralph “Gus” Bell, Market St., Clarington, died Oct. 11, 2008 at Sistersville General Hospital. He was born Feb. 14, 1922 in Clarington, a son of the late David H. and Amelia Muller Bell.      Sympathy expressions at www.grisellfuneralhomes.com

        Helen R. Stauffer, 97, formerly of Clarington, died Oct. 23, 2008 in Adams Lane Care Center, Zanesville. She was born Nov. 26, 1910 in Clarington, the daughter of the late John S. and Myrtle A. Monahan Simonton. Sympathy expressions at: grisellfuneralhomes.com

        Zola M. Christman Slawter died Oct. 18, 2008.
In lieu of flowers, you may donate to The American Syringomyelia Alliance Project, Inc. (ASAP Inc.), P.O. Box 1586, Longview, TX 75606-1586 (718) 966-22593 in honor of Kimberley Ball or your favorite charity.

Melvin L. Brown, 60, of Ithaca, New York, died Oct. 25, 2008 at Cuyuga Medical Center. The son of the late Clyde and Stella Brown, he was born Feb. 28, 1948 in Woodsfield. Memorial donations can be sent to the Woodsfield High School Alumni and can be contacted at whsalumni@1st.net.

        U.S.A.F. Lt. Col. (Ret.) Edward L. Stegner, 88, of Fairborn passed away Oct. 26, 2008 in the Community Hospital, Springfield. He was born on Aug. 6, 1920 in Woodsfield, the son of the late Charles W. and Clara (Landefeld) Stegner.  Condolences may be made to the family at

<Our Readers Write:

Dear Editor,
        To whom this may concern:
        I hope you enjoy the pot of yellow mums you took from my son-in-law’s grave. Anyone who will steal from a dead man’s grave will steal from anyone.
        Please enjoy your flower.
Esther Nippert

Dear Friends,
        The weather always seems to be the topic for discussion every year for Charlie’s Run for Children’s Hospital. For the first 29 runs, it has either rained or snowed for 26 for them. Charlie is known for bringing rain, which we truly needed this year, but he has lost his touch. We have had warm to very hot weather the past three years, and this year was beautiful, with temperatures around 70 degrees.
        This year there were 11 very dedicated people who helped raise over $20,000 for very needy children. The runners were; Charlie Kozlesky, Dick Sanders, Ruta Mazelis, Lori Michener, Mitch Toto, Jerry Bartrum, Chris Benedict, Tyler Graham, Tom Mayes, and Josh Powers. Also, representing the Woodsfield Ladies Auxiliary Post 5303 was Sherry Wilson who doubled her walking miles from 10 miles last year to 20 miles this year. Congratulations to all runners for all their hard work and dedication.
        With the state of the economy and all its turmoil, one would expect that donations would be down, but that is not the case in this event. As I say every year, this run would not be possible without the continued support of the community. You can understand why I truly enjoy working on this most worthy project with the fantastic cooperation the run receives from everyone. The first and most important contributors were Village Council, the Street Department, and the Police Department of Woodsfield. The run would not be possible if we were not permitted to use the city building and the streets of Woodsfield. Also, if it were not for the devoted employees of the Street Department, the potholes would not be filled, nor the streets swept. The Police Department has to work around the run, put up the barriers that cover the one-mile course, and then remove them after the run - we are so appreciative to Woodsfield for all help and cooperation. Also contributing
 to the run were Olive Tree Inn, Victorian Rose Bed and Breakfast, Dick and Marie Yoss, Riesbeck’s, Ladies of the Woodsfield United Methodist Church, VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 5303, Traditions, Mc-Donald’s, Subway, Jerry Lee’s, Coca Cola, Conn’s Potato Chips, Frito Lay, Rick Schuerman, Phillip Keevert, Jay Circosta, Pyro-Apparel, AK Apparel, Dr. Edwards, Monroe County Beacon, Peg, Tim and Austin Buckalew, Carol Bonsall, Joyce Marple, Melissa Smithberger, Debbie Frye, Mary Lou Freiden and Pat Johnson.
        Words could never express the gratitude to all who hep make this run successful year after year. Peg Buckalew is a wonderful co-director and I am so appreciative of all her help. May God continue to bless you and your families for years to come for all you do year after year for those less fortunate.
In Christian Love,
Pandora Neuhart

<Around the Burnside

        A person with good sense is respected; a treacherous person walks a rocky road.
        Wise people think before they act; fools don’t and even brag about it.
        Wow, 159 points on the 18th. I think two of our teams, Beallsville and River, have made it to play-offs. We wish them the best! Monroe Central girls made it to the district.
        Well, the November election is finally nearly here. Signs everywhere and TV ads every few minutes or so. Seems to be more signs for one side than the other. No use to get all excited as the outcome of the election held in Monroe County causes very little surprises over the years.
        There are several renewal levies up for a vote. Hopefully, they all will pass. I voted last week. I think it was. A lot of trouble to walk across the street and vote.
        Jerry Wolfrom, a writer for the Jeffersonian and a speaker for the Monroe County Writers Guild meeting this summer, had an interesting idea in the Oct. 20 issue.
        He asked how about running a dog for Congress? Reasons? Dogs can be taught to shake hands, speak, beg, roll over and play dead. And that’s about all the Washington politicians have been doing in the past year. If the campaign gets down to dog eat dog, a mutt might have a leg up on his opposition. “So maybe it’s time we give dogs a shot at the gravy train. After all, how often do we get a chance to vote for a candidate who’s alert, faithful and willing to work like a dog?”
He also suggests we might consider cats. “After all, cats can straddle a fence better than dogs. They are experts in cover up, not to mention no matter how much trouble they create, they always land on their feet.”
        Also, he suggested cattle and sheep. “After all, we get lots of bum steers anyway and it’s not unusual to have the wool over our eyes.”
        Kangaroo? No way! “The last thing we need in Washington is another politician with a pocket to fill.”
        I, for one, will be glad when the election is over. I’m getting sick of “I approve of this message.”
        Trick or treat is coming soon. I guess maybe tonight. I missed out on trick or treat when I was a kid. No such thing. We called it corn night. We’d shell a bag of corn and walk around town throwing corn at windows. Now they have corn hole tournaments.
        OK, we would soap a window or two at times. We were lucky as our windows were too high on our old brick house for anyone to soap. We also would make a notched spool to spin on someone’s window. This would make you jump!
        We did go out the next night to see what we could get into. However, most folks prepared for us and put away just about everything that we might carry away.
        Of course, ghost stories were told around this time of the year. An example might be:
        Dick and Jane were driving home after an exciting football game. Dick’s car was not the most dependable auto on the road. Along the way, it started to rain. As they traveled along, the storm got worse and worse until finally the wind started blowing limbs from trees and even blowing down trees.
        During the worst of the storm, Dick’s car broke down. They were scared because of the storm and were afraid something might happen to them.
        During a bright flash of lightning, they noticed they were stranded close to an empty house. They were ready to leave the car and run to the house for protection. Then they remembered this was the house everyone said was haunted. They sat and thought about it for a while and decided there was nothing to this story and headed for the house.
        Dick nearly fell down on the porch when he stepped on a loose board. They made it into the house and sure enough, it was dry and had some furniture to make it somewhat home-like. Dick and Jan sat down to dry off and wait out the storm.
        They had been comfortable and started talking about the house being haunted and decided this was just a story that wasn’t true.
        At midnight a weird noise came from what had been the kitchen and out jumped a headless ghost waving its arms with hands the size of hams. Dick and Jane started running around trying to get away from the ghost. No way! They ran upstairs as it seemed to be the only way to be safe, but the ghost got closer and closer to them.
        Just as the ghost was about to grab them, they jumped into a closet located in the bedroom and closed the door. This move saved them from the ghost. In the closet they found a drum. So-o-o-o they took the drum ... and beat it. Get it?
        I think there are times we have a ghost in our house. How else could my car keys be taken off their normal hook and end up in my coat pocket causing me to hunt all over the house for them?
        We are only beaten when we cease to believe what we can be.
        Going to church Sunday? Why not?
        Bible readings: From Acts: (Mon.) 8:12-25; (Tues.) 8:26-38; (Wed.) 22:3-16; (Thurs.) 11:19-26; (Fri.) 17:22-28; From Ephesians: (Sat.) 4:1-6; 4:7-16.