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Nov. 29, 2007 Edition

< Woodell Named Administrator

by Arlean Selvy

"I can't wait to get started," exclaimed Jeff
Woodell, "I'm thrilled with this opportunity!"
On a recommendation by Woodsfield Mayor Bill Bolon,
Woodell has been appointed to serve as Woodsfield
Village Administrator. The action came during the Nov.
19 meeting of village council. The vote to hire the
long-time village resident was unanimous.
"I'm just a hometown boy who has stayed here all my
life and tried to make a difference," Woodell told the
Beacon. "I love this place and am proud to say that
I'm from Woodsfield, In my opinion it's the greatest
place on earth to live and raise a family."
Woodell said he does not see his new position "as a
stepping stone or as resume material" to move on to a
better position in a different location.
His new job begins Dec. 3.
"I don't know if Dec. 3 will come quick enough for
me," he said after learning Monday night about his
selection. He was awake at 4 a.m. on Tuesday thinking
of ways to best do his job. He said he finally got out
of bed and started making notes. "I believe this
position is a perfect fit for me," said Woodell. "My
many years in business and involvement in civic
organizations give me a good understanding of the
village's strengths and weaknesses."
Woodell was project manager for a number of projects
over the past few years. He feels that experience will
be a huge asset as he moves into his new role.
Noting he sees tremendous potential in the future for
the village, he said he's happy to be a part of the
team that can make positive things happen.
The new administrator said he feels a huge sense of
responsibility as the village's first Village
Administrator. "I realize that every step and position
taken will be a first and many times in uncharted
Woodell said he wants the citizens of Woodsfield to
know that "... everything done in this office will be
done so with the highest degree of professionalism."
"The Woodsfield Village Administrator will be a
position that the Mayor, Council and residents of
Woodsfield will be proud of," said Woodell. "I look
forward to getting started and offer my thanks to the
mayor and council for their unanimous support."
According to Mayor Bolon, six resumes were received
for the advertised position of village administrator
and four were interviewed. "They were very qualified,"
Bolon told village council. "I'm sorry I had only one
position to fill."
Bolon's recommendation was accepted on a motion by
Councilwoman Pauline Delbrugge.
It was agreed that the salary for the position will
be paid 25 percent from each of four funds: lights,
water, sewer and general.
In a related matter, council agreed to spend up to
$1,000 for furniture for the village administrator's
office. The office will be located on the bottom floor
of the municipal building in the room formerly used
for drivers' examinations.
Woodell has, since age 18, set his sights on
community improvement and betterment for citizens not
only in Woodsfield but for the entire county.
He is a business owner and local developer, whose
spectrum of achievements run from bringing soccer to
Monroe County to bringing McDonald's to Woodsfield. He
was instrumental in finding property in Woodsfield for
Dominion Gas, and was project manager in its
development. He was also project manager for the Adams
Township building on SR78 east of Woodsfield.
His interest in the school district led him to form a
non-profit Monroe County Community Foundation to
solicit Fortune 500 companies with charitable
foundations in order to construct or repair schools
throughout the district.

<OVCCU Opens New Facility

On hand for Ohio Valley Community Credit Union's open
house and ribbon cutting for their new 1200 square
foot facility on Lewisville Road in Woodsfield were,
from left, representing the Monroe County Chamber of
Commerce, Jo Eddy and Karolyn Sapp, member of the
OVCCU Board of Directors Robert Edington, and branch
manager Brenda Blattler.
Photos by Martha Ackerman










by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer

A ribbon cutting and open house was held Nov. 16 at
Ohio Valley Community Credit Union in Woodsfield. The
new 1200 square foot, attractively appointed facility
replaces the former building and offers two drive-thru
lanes and a 24-hour ATM. Brenda Blattler of Hannibal
is the branch manager.
Available to serve members of the Ohio Valley
Community Credit Union�s Woodsfield office are, from
left, front: Stacey Alleman, Leanne Gehrig; back:
Brenda Blattler, branch manager; Kris Lafferre, loan
officer, and Tammy Saffell.
Staff members include: Stacey Alleman, Sardis;
Leanne Gehrig, Clarington; loan officer Kris Lafferre,
Lewisville; and Tammy Saffell, Beallsville.
Ohio Valley Community Credit Union has been servicing
the financial needs of its members since 1960.
In addition to the Woodsfield office, OVCCU provides
service facilities in Clarington, Marietta, St.
Clairsville and the main office in Hannibal. An ATM is
also available in the lobby of Barnesville Hospital.
As a full-service financial institution, OVCCU offers
a wide variety of products and services designed to
meet the members� needs. Products and services include
savings and checking accounts, ATM/Debit Card programs
accepted nationwide, IRA and CDs with a wide variety
of terms and rates, savings bonds, money orders and
travelers cheques.
The credit union also provides loans for homes, new
or used vehicles, boats and home improvements.
The Woodsfield office is open Monday thru Friday, 8
a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The phone number is 740-472-5123.
Housed in the Hannibal office is Deanna Meyer,
president and CEO of OVCCU, who has been with the
credit union for over 25 years; chief financial
officer and vice-president, Gregory Harper; Robyn
McGuire, human resources, marketing and business
development manager; Cathy Tisher, collections
manager. Other members of the management team are Mike
Liskanich and Kathie Bayes.
The credit union can be found on-line at:

<County Commissioner Cited for OVI and Leaving the Scene

The president of the Monroe County Board of
Commissioners was cited last week following a
one-vehicle accident on CR2 north of Woodsfield.
Francis "Sonny" Block, 64, 36389 CR2 East,
Woodsfield, was traveling west in a 2005 Chevy 2500
H.D. pick-up truck when he ran off the right side of
the road and struck a mailbox owned by Dr. and Mrs.
C.A. Edwards. Block continued traveling off road,
hit a culvert then struck a water meter and an
electric pole. The pole was snapped off at the ground.
According to arresting officer Rick Shipp, Monroe
County Sheriff's Office, Block continued through a hay
field and onto SR145, near the intersection of CR2 and
SR145, traveling between a stop sign to his left and a
gas meter and fire hydrant to his right.
According to the accident report, Block drove onto
SR145 where he turned his vehicle and drove north
toward Miltonsburg.
Block was charged with Operating a Vehicle under the
Influence and leaving the scene of an accident. The
citation notes a .110 blood alcohol content.
His truck sustained damage to the front and both
sides, with the most damaged area being the center
Speed was estimated at 50 mph in a 55 mph zone and
the truck's airbag was deployed.
The accident happened at midnight, Nov. 21.

< Monroe to Receive Over $1.5M

Monroe County residents who live in Cameron and near
Sardis whose homes were impacted by flood waters on
Sept. 19, 2004, finally have the opportunity to apply
for federal mitigation funds. Following the flood,
Buckeye Hills - Hocking Valley Regional Development
District completed a lengthy grant request through
FEMA. The re-quest was filed by January, 2005.
The county recently learned that it will receive in
excess of $1.5 million in federal funds for the
Cameron area from the FEMA and the Housing and Urban
Development Disaster Recovery Fund. RFG, a consulting
company in Zanesville, will administer the grant.
One resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, said,
"Our home was heavily impacted in September, 2004, and
again in January, 2005. We just feel like our lives
have been on hold - just waiting. Of course every time
there's another high water threat, we worry. We're
just ready to get this settled and move on."
"The Development team of employees at Buckeye Hills
has worked diligently to ensure that this grant
request continued to move through the various parts of
the regimented paperwork process," said Misty Casto,
executive director. "We moved within months to file
the grant request and also to work with the National
Historic Registry and the EPA and other regulatory
bodies to provide all the necessary documentation. The
Monroe request was also impacted by the timing of
countless requests following Hurricane Katrina. We are
pleased the funding has been granted."
Casto went on to explain that RFG Associates has
experience administering these types of grants and
were recommended to the county by Buckeye Hills.
"The residents in Cameron have waited long enough for
a resolution," said Casto. "We are pleased that the
mitigation project will finally be moving forward."
RFG has set a public meeting for Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.
at the Cameron Annex (school).

< ~ Fourth Grade Student Makes a Difference ~

Ten-year-old Erika Logston has involved family and
friends in a project she began three years ago. When
Hurricane Katrina caused so much havoc in the south,
Erika wanted to help people. Her grandmother, Bonnie
Logston, suggested she keep things local and Erika
decided Warm the Children would receive her help. On
Nov. 21, Erika gave Warm the Children coordinator
Pandora Neuhart $220 to help needy children. Over the
past three years, the fourth grade student has raised
over $400 for the project which provides new, warm
winter clothing to needy children in the Switzerland
of Ohio Local School District.
"A little change can make a difference," said Neuhart.
"I wish all children were as good as you."
Erika is the daughter of Christina Logston of
Clarington and Michael and
Kimberly Logston of St. Clairsville.

Photo by Martha Ackerman

< Our Readers Write

Dear Editor,
I think the Woodsfield Kiwanis Club deserves a thank
you for the Thanksgiving meals they sent all over
Monroe County.
I have received one for several years and they are
delicious and very much appreciated.
The drivers who deliver the meals also deserve a
thank you for taking time out from their day to
deliver the meals.
Because of all these people some people would not
have a Thanksgiving dinner. You all deserve a big
Thank You.
Phyllis Shreve

< Obituaries (read the full obituary in the paper) 

Linda C. Donato, 60, 37929 Pleasant Rdg. Rd.,
Graysville, went to be with her Lord and Savior on
Nov. 23, 2007, at Marietta Memorial Hospital. She was
born June 24, 1947, near Cameron, W.Va., a daughter of
the late Harold David and Theresa Jane Zach
Sampson.Online condolences may be expressed at

Wilbert Russell (Russ) Speece, 100, Ashland, died
Nov. 25, 2007, at Good Shepherd Nursing Home. He was
born Sept. 28, 1907 in Clarington, a son of the late
Samuel Jacob and Nancy Ann Smith Speece. Online
condolences may be sent to

Bernard B. Okey, 77, 48570 Glady Road, Summerfield,
died Nov. 21, 2007, at his home. He was born Feb. 23,
1930, near Harriettsville, a son of the late Orville
and Ida Mae Crum Okey. Online condolences may be
expressed at

Daniel W. Jacobs, 90, 40281 SR 26, Woodsfield, died
Nov. 24, 2007, at Marietta Memorial Hospital. He was
born March 10, 1917, at Clarksburg, W.Va., a son of
the late John J. and Teresa Bonnert Jacobs.
Condolences may be expressed at

Fay Williams, 68, died Nov. 22, 2007, after a
courageous battle with cancer, at Riverside Methodist
Hospital. She was born Sept. 9, 1939, in Cameron,
Ohio, and was reared in Laings near Woodsfield in
Monroe County. Condolences may be sent to

Garald Weckbacher, 86, SR 537, Rinard Mills, died Nov.
18, 2007, at Monroe County Care Center. He was born
Dec. 26, 1920, in Monroe County, a son of the late
John Weckbacher and Mary Clover Kinkade Weckbacher.
Online condolences may be expressed at

<Around the Burnside

By Denny Easterling

Wise speech is rarer and more valuable than gold and
Stolen bread tastes sweet, but it turns to gravel in
the mouth.
Six out of seven ain't bad if you are an Ohio State
fan. As the man said, "I don't give a, you know what,
for the whole state of Michigan." I watched a program
regarding the OSU and Michigan football rivalry and a
number of so called sayings are heard both places. For
example, a student flunked out of Michigan and
enrolled in Ohio State and both schools benefited or
maybe. How do you get rid of a Michigan graduate? Pay
for the pizza. I know there are many others.
Woody Hayes was well known for his hate of Michigan
or it seemed so. They say he wouldn't even say
Michigan, just the school up north. It was kind of sad
the way he was fired.
There was another side of Woody many never got to
see. I remember attending 4-H Club Congress many years
ago and the main speaker was unable to attend at the
last minute. Woody was asked to fill in for him. Woody
gave one of the best talks I had ever heard given to a
group of young people.
As you know, I'm a dyed in the wool OSU fan and
Saturday five of us had a little tail gate party of
our own. We had all kind of goodies on the table and
could even snack during a commercial and watch the
game without the crowd. The game went our way as I
only had to use my favorite word a couple of times.
I read the other day it was healthy to be a big all
out fan of some team I guess it relieves stress, among
other things.
Have you ever watched the TV program "Dumber Than a
Fifth Grader!" I think I know one. The person who
mapped out the route for the 100 foot tank on the
front page of the Beacon last week. I'd bet money you
could get a map and give it to a fifth grader and they
could lay out the correct route. I think I know what
happened. The person doing the job punched a few keys
on a stupid computer and never looked at a map.
One other thing, if you didn't read Variety Pak last
week, dig it out and be sure to read. A good question
to ask those wanting to be our president, are you in
favor of this ban? I wonder how many yes or nos you
would get. Probably be tough to get yes or no answer.
With Thanksgiving upon us and a time to be thankful
something like this pops up to spoil things.
I read somewhere if you would write down, each
evening, three things you were thankful for during
that day you might have a more pleasant outlook on
life. Some days could be tough, but possible, even if
you don't do much, it's possible. for example,
yesterday my blood test was fine, a slight problem
with our Dish Network was fixed in a little over 15
minutes and I was able to mow our lawn including the
leaves that had fallen off our tree, now if we have
some wind the leaves still falling won't catch on the
tall grass and will blow to a neighbors or beyond.
It's also good to remember anyone who helped you to be
Have you ever had a senior moment? I guess I've had
my share but I didn't realize that is what they were
called. Monday I called the doctor for a prescription
for latex. Senior moment?
The last couple of days or so have been a bit warmer
for fall weather. I guess the gas company will tell us
they aren't selling as much gas as they should,, you
can buy it some where else cheaper. Remember
Thanksgiving in 1950? That's what you call snow. I
think we missed 15 days of school that year and didn't
make up one day as I remember.
Watched the Ohio State basketball game last night. I
think they are going to fool some of the experts this
year. (I hope). The game was over around 12:30 p.m.
and they switched to the Great Alaskan Shootout where
Michigan and Butler were playing. I watched till a
little after midnight. I really hated to turn it off
and go to bed as Michigan was behind 14 points.
Another interesting thing, to me, in last weeks paper
was the picture and story of the Frontier FFA members
who attended the National FFA Convention. If I'm not
mistaken Caldwell and Shenandoah Chapters also
attended. It reminded me of when some members of the
Skyvue Chapter and I went to Kansas City to attend the
convention. We traveled by public bus. This was once
in a lifetime experience. We made it there and back
I also remember we had a young lady who was a member
of the Swiss Hills Chapter took part in the program
during the National Convention one year.
Our Swiss Hills Chapter did not make a practice of
attending the National Convention but were always
there for the State FFA Convention. We never had a
national contest winner, however, we had students in
several national contests and filled the AG room with
banners covering all four walls and the shelves full
of trophies won at State and District contests.
The FFA is a valuable part of the Agriculture
Education programs in our schools. I'm almost certain
many former students recall and maybe talk about some
of their experiences and activities as a member of
Beallsville, Skyvue or Swiss Hills FFA Chapters over
the years.
It appears to me, our only FFA Chapter in the county
has started down the drain the last couple of years. I
wonder why? I think I know.
The difference between a prejudice and a conviction
is that you can explain a conviction without getting
Go to church Sunday? Christmas is coming!
Bible readings: (Mon.) Psalm 66:1-4; From Luke
(Tues.) 1:5-7; (Wed.) 1:8-13; (Thurs.) 1:14-17; (Fri.)
1:18-23; (Sat.) 1:24, 25; (Sun.) Psalm 66:16-20.