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Nov. 8, 2007 Edition

< Voters Reject School Levy; E-911 Passes on 2451 to 1644

Voters approved the county's request to add a
50-cents per access line per month charge to telephone
bills to support E-911 operations and rejected a one
percent income tax levy for current school expenses.
The E-911 fee passed on a 2,451 to 1,644 vote.
The access line charge will pay for operating and
equipment costs of establishing and maintaining one
answering point for the countywide E-911 system.
Voting for the E-911 levy was 59.85 percent of those
voting in the Nov. 6 election.
Switzerland of Ohio school district's proposal for an
annual one percent income tax for five years for
current expenses failed on a 2,535 to 1,480 vote. Over
63 percent of those voting rejected the school income
tax levy.
Four candidates ran for the three seats on the
school board: Scott Dierkes, 1887; Teresa K.
Gallagher, 1867; Wayne Shirbish, 1440; and Ronald G.
Winkler, 2322.
Village candidates: Beallsville: Running unopposed
for mayor was Jon Gramlich, who earned 57 votes of
confidence. Also unopposed was Hilda Secrest, who got
49 votes to hold her seat on village council.
Clarington saw two running for the seat of mayor to
replace Jeff Morris: Lida Conn, 49, and Derek
Kurtzman, 27.
In Jerusalem, Jeff Fluharty ran unopposed and earned
46 votes of confidence.
Stafford: For mayor, unopposed, Edgar McVay was given
14 votes and Hazel Day got 20 votes for village
clerk. For Stafford Village Council: Larry Christman,
18, and Claribel Thompson, 18.
Woodsfield: Vying for mayor, William Bolon, 466, and
Carol Hehr, 291. For Village Council: William Moore,
368; Robert Edington, 238; Michael Cox, 237, and
incumbant Vernon Henthorn, 370. Unopposed was Patricia
Templeton for village clerk. She garnered 506 votes.
For township offices:
Adams Twp. Trustee:
Jerry McClellan, 93; Larry Minder
90. Unopposed for Clerk, Brenda Roberts earned 132
Benton Twp. Trustee: Floyd E. Earley, III, 54; James
Beaver, 72; Polly Kinsey 119 for Clerk.
Bethel Twp. Trustee: Roger Morrison 18; Mike
Marshall, 44; Roger Kuhn, 47. and for clerk, Missy
Alleman was given 92 votes of confidence.
Center Twp Trustee: Drew Dimmerling, 539; Matt
Longwell, 195; David Shreve, 173; Mark Hudson 187. For
Clerk Cheryl Keylor, 412; Tammy L. Jones, 230; J.D.
Wiley 468.
Franklin Twp. Trustee: Unopposed were Kirk Laferre
for trustee, gaining 76 votes.
Green Township Trustee: Jon J. Kraft, 93; Frankie
McCaslin, 58.
Green Township Trustee for the unexpired term ending
12/31/09: Lawrence Rutter, 50; Rick Alleman, 101;
Dwayne Thompson 61. For Clerk: Thelma Forshey, 70;
Elaine Alleman, 87.
Jackson Township Trustee, running unopposed, Scott
A. Boggs, 110. Jackson Twp. Clerk, unopposed, Claude
L. Smith, 100 votes.
Lee Township Trustee: Terry R. McPeek, 280. Lee
Township Trustee for the unexpired term of 12/31/09:
Patrick Martie, 216; Dave Caywood, 155; Brad Boggs,
225; Terry Beegle, 93 votes.
For Lee Township Fiscal Officer: Kevin L. Winkler,
208; and Kathy Williams, 190.
Malaga Township Trustee: Benjamin Cline, 188; Jerry
Hossman, 131. Clerk: Beverly Beardmore Grubb, 124; and
Robin Christman, 188.
Ohio Township Trustee: David Stalder, 215. Clerk: Amy
Eggelston, 197.
Perry Township Trustee: Robert Price, 48; Michael
Brown, 73; Glen Schwaben, 55. Clerk: Tanis Langsdorf,
84; Theresa Clutter, 35; Kelly Meredith, 57.
Salem Township Trustee: Kenneth Jones, 171. Clerk:
Stephanie Sweeney, 166 votes of confidence.
Seneca Township Trustee: D.K. Carpenter, 53; Jerald
Wise, 17; Joshua Harris, 16; Steven Heath, 25. Clerk:
Vicki English, 46; Amy Carpenter, 66.
Summit Township Trustee: Luther Junior Merckle, 31;
Thomas Piatt, 133; Larry Schaub, 19; Jimmy Stimpert,
56. Clerk: Sharon Scott, 209 votes.
Sunsbury Township Trustee: Randy Kindelberger, 217.
Clerk: Loron Baker, 223.
Switzerland Township Trustee: Ronald D. Hendershot, 62; Ronnie
Milosaljevic, 31, Clerk: Joyce A. Dunn, 81.
Washington Township Trustee: Kevin E. Howell, 135;
Randy Williams, 43; Paul McKnight, 34. Clerk: Lori
Frohnapfel, 79; Amy Winland, 127.
Wayne Township Trustee: John N. Williams, 66; George
Bates, 56. Clerk: Mary Jo Westfall, 90 .
Lee Township: additional one-half mill for five years
to maintain and operate cemeteries passed by a 274 to
119 vote.
Lee Township: additional one-half mill for current
operating expenses passed by a 242 to 141 vote.
Washington Township: replacement of 2.5 mills for
five years for road maintenance passed 139 to 62.
Antioch approved the renewal of six mills for current
operating expenses 23 to 10.
Beallsville: replacement of 5 mills for five years
for current operating expenses passed 44 to 18.
Graysville: replacement of 2 mills for five years for
current operating expenses passed 27 to 7.
Jerusalem: replacement of 5 mills for current
operating expenses passed 35 to 8.
Lewisville: renewal of 3 mills for five years
for current operating expenses passed 59 to 21.


<Woodland Cottage Opens in Sardis

woodland cottageWoodland Cottage, now open at 37233 Mound Street,
Sardis, offers antiques and primitive country items
presented in a warm, welcoming atmosphere. An open
house will be held Nov. 9 and 10. The business, owned
by Kim McPeek, Linda Venham and Kim Weddle, was
welcomed into the Monroe County business community
Oct. 31. Shown, from left, are: Chris McPeek, Kim
Weddle, Teresa Allen of Citizens National Bank in
Sardis; Linda Venham and Karolyn Sapp, of the Monroe
County Chamber of Commerce.
Photo by Martha Ackerman





by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer

Step into Woodland Cottage this weekend and you�ll be
in the holiday mood. Trees are all aglow, the snowman
wall will delight you and let the Christmas shopping
If you or someone on your gift list likes antiques
and country craft, you will definitely enjoy browsing
through the rooms of Woodland Cottage.
As the talents came together in the partnership of
Chris McPeek, Kim Weddle and Linda Venham, a business
was created that offers the area unique and affordable
items displayed beautifully in the different rooms.
Tucked away in every nook and cranny are great gift
According to Linda, the spokesperson, Chris and Kim
bring the floral and painting talents to the business.
But as you look around Woodland Cottage, you can see
the ladies have brought so much more to entice
You'll find all kinds of seasonal decor with fall
items discounted, unique antiques, crocheted items, as
well as Thistleberry Farm goat milk soap which is made
by Chris and offered in a variety of scents.
Antique items include various sized cabinets
including a printer's type cabinet, wooden ironing
boards, wooden chicken coop and even a garden gate!
The inventory also includes primitive looking
birdhouses, ceramics, wall decor, angel dolls, star
wreath and the popular reed diffusers. There are new
items coming in every day.
It's a warm, welcoming atmosphere. A church pew and
rocking chairs offer seating around the warmth of the
pot-bellied stove and the owners encourage residents
and customers to just come in, relax and enjoy the
atmosphere which is so reminiscent of yesteryear.
There are lots of plans for the future which will
include an old-fashioned backyard sitting area and,
according to Linda, everyone will enjoy her peacocks.
Yes, real ones!
And there's even more on the horizon.
"Cooking, baking and sewing are becoming lost arts,"
said Linda. Crafting, cooking and baking classes, and
basic sewing classes are going to be offered, along
with workshops, afternoon luncheons and teas.
Woodland Cottage will be closed Thursday all day and
Friday until 5 p.m. when it will open for the
Christmas Open House. The open house will continue
until 9 p.m. and resume on Saturday, 9-3.
Refreshments will be served and there will be a
special gift to the first 100 customers.
If you want to experience an old-fashioned Christmas,
you won't want to miss the open house Nov. 9 and 10.
Woodland Cottage is located on Mound Street in
Sardis. For more information, call 740-483-1754 or


< Riesbeck's Annual BBQ Nets $3,500 for Warm the Children

bbqWoodsfield Riesbeck's Manager Kirt Sloan recently
presented Warm the Children coordinator Pandora
Neuhart with $3,500 which will help clothe needy
children in the Switzerland of Ohio Local School

bbq groupServing the continuous line of customers at the Warm
the Children BBQ, sponsored by Riesbeck's Food Market
Oct. 19, were, from left: Tom Dick, Pat Gibson and
Chuck Givens. Also working at the event were Kirt
Sloan, Jeff Froehlich, Dave Matz, Carol Kuhn, Danny
Weddle, Dorothy Elliott, Janie McClelland and Elaine
Photos and Feature by Martha Ackerman





Woodsfield Riesbeck's Manager Kirt Sloan recently
presented Warm the Children coordinator Pandora
Neuhart with $3,500 which will help clothe needy
children in the Switzerland of Ohio Local School
It was a rainy day, but it didn't dampen the Warm the
Children BBQ, sponsored by Riesbeck�s Food Market of
Store manager Kirt Sloan and his crew began their day
at 4 a.m., preparing food for the BBQ which began at 7
a.m. They worked tirelessly accommodating the
continuous line of customers served throughout the
day. According to Sloan, about 1,200 ribeye and
sausage sandwiches were sold along with three kettles
holding about 100 gallons of soup beans. The crew
wound up the event at about 6 p.m. It was a long day,
but Sloan and his crew netted $3,500 for Warm the
Children! The money was presented to Pandora Neuhart,
program coordinator.
It takes about a week-long process getting vendors
lined up. Vendors contributing to this year's event
included Caito Food Distributors, Conn's Potato Chips,
Superior Meats, Pepsi and Woodsfield's Subway.
In addition to Sloan, store employees helping with
the BBQ were Tom Dick, Pat Gibson, Chuck Givens, Jeff
Froehlich, David Matz, Carol Kuhn, Danny Weddle,
Dorothy Elliott, Janie McClelland and Elaine Howell.
Also helping with the soup beans cooked on an open
fire was Carl Slavin.
Contributing part of their proceeds for the program
were Farm Bureau members who made and sold apple
butter during the event.
"We appreciate the generous donation from Riesbeck's
and all those who helped with the annual event," said
Beacon publisher Arlean Selvy. "Over the years,
Riesbeck's annual BBQ has contributed almost $15,000
to Warm the Children. They have helped mightily in
our efforts to provide new, warm winter clothing to
children of our district."

< School Officials Fault "Facts" as Released by Johns Hopkins Study

by Arlean Selvy

"It really upsets me!" said a perturbed Larry
Elliott, superintendent of the Switzerland of Ohio
school district. "We want to defuse this
Monroe Central High School was listed in a Johns
Hopkins University study as one of 1,700 regular or
vocational high schools nationwide that fit the
description of a Dropout Factory.
A Dropout Factory is defined as a school where no
more than 60 percent of the students who start as
freshmen make it to their senior year. According to
the study, one in 10 high schools fit that
According to Monroe Central Principal Marc Ring, the
information is not only false, but the school should
not have been included in the study at all.
He said the graduation rate in 2005-06 was 83.6
percent and in 2006-07 it was 88 percent.
The Switzerland of Ohio school district in 2005-06
had a 93.4 percent graduation rate overall. The
district includes three high schools, Beallsville,
River and Monroe Central, and the Swiss Hills Career
"We typically average 88 to 90 percent graduates,"
said Ring. He said the freshman and sophomore classes
at Monroe Central number about 100 students each. Once
students become juniors, 50 to 55 percent of them
transfer to the Swiss Hills Career Center. Ring noted
how easy it is to walk from class to class, due to the
close proximity of Monroe Central and Swiss Hills.
The schools are within a few steps of each other.
"Students can get both college prep classes and career
tech training," said Ring.
Ring indicated that most career centers have a
difficult time recruiting students - they may get 20
to 25 percent to transfer, he said.
According to Ring, Beallsville and River high schools
typically see about 35 percent from each transfer to
the career center.
Ring said that perhaps when researchers looked at the
numbers, they did not take into consideration that
most of those leaving the home school, transferred to
the career center.
"I feel for the students and staff," said Supt.
Elliott. "This puts them in a bad light. They do their
best ... and then to be maligned by [researchers]
calling their school a dropout factory. It really
upsets me!"
Jerry Calder, assistant superintendent at Monroe
Central, tried last week to contact Johns Hopkins to
find out where they obtained the information.
According to Calder, he has been unable to make
contact with anyone at Johns Hopkins. He said the
person in charge of media is neither answering his
calls nor returning them.
Calder said not only is he upset about the poor light
which has been cast on Monroe Central High, but
faculty and students have expressed concerns to him
about the poor representation of their school.
"[The report] is completely wrong," said Calder.
"It's ridiculous!"
With a state requirement of 90 percent, the state
report card shows Monroe Central's 2006-07 graduation
rate at 88.6 percent and the district at 96 percent.
The state requirement for attendance is 93 percent,
Monroe Central rates at 94.7 percent.
The state requirement for 11th grade graduation tests
is 85 percent. At Monroe Central, reading and writing
tests rated at 100 percent, math, science and social
studies at 97 percent.
The highest rating in similar schools was 92.8
percent, which was in reading.
In 2005-06 the 11th grade graduation test saw Monroe
Central's students with 100 percent in reading,
writing and math, 98 percent in social studies and 96
percent in science.
The school's performance index score in 2005-06 was
98.1 points of 120.
In 2006-07 the performance index score was 96 points.
In both years, the school met the adequate yearly
progress standards.

< Obituaries (read the full obituary in the paper) 

Carol Kaiser, 58, Sikeston, Md., died Oct. 20, 2007,
at her residence. She was born Nov. 13, 1938, in
Oceanside, N.Y., to the late John Frederick Kaiser,
Sr. and Anne M. O'Reilly Kaiser.

< James H. "Groundhog" Shreves, 65, Fly, died Oct. 29,
2007, at his home. He was born Oct. 25, 1942 in
Sistersville, W. Va., a son of the late Bert Shreves
and Emma F. �Bowers� Lough Shreves. Online
condolences to:

< Walter E. Ward, 81, Barnes-ville, passed away
peacefully Oct. 29, 2007, at OVMC, Wheeling,
surrounded by his loving wife and children. He was
born June 8, 1926, in Shadyside, a son of the late
Edward Ward and Beulah Walter Ward.

< Bob Baker, 83, Beallsville, formerly of Cleveland,
died Oct. 31, 2007, in Ohio Valley Medical Center,
Wheel-ing. He was born Sept. 1, 1924, in Beallsville,
a son of the late Ensel and Bessie Pittman Baker.
Online condolences may be sent to

< Ida M. Stewart, 96, Clarington, formerly of Orrville,
died Nov. 1, 2007, at her home following a period of
declining health. She was born March 5, 1911 in Monroe
County, the daughter of the late James Thomas and
Missouri Eikleberry Haslam.

< Marry "Grandma" Mellott, 100, Powhatan, died Oct. 23,
2007, at Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Glen Dale,
W.Va. She was born May 17, 1907, in Cameron, a
daughter of the late Henry and Julia Shaw Eickleberry.
Online condolences may be made at

< Donald C. "Tennessee" Robbins, Sr., 78, of Emerald
Pointe Nursing and Rehabilitation Center,
Barnesville, formerly of Woodsfield, died Nov. 1,
2007, at the center. He was born March 2, 1929, at
Mentor, Tenn., a son of the late Caryle and Mildred
Nancy Clemens Robbins. Online condolences to:

< Margaret "Peggy" J. Mullett, 64, of Hillsboro, went
home to be with Jesus on Oct. 31, 2007, at Ohio State
University Medical Center in Columbus. She was born
July 12, 1943 in Wheeling, the daughter of the late
Tom and Mary Decker Haley. Online condolences may be
sent to

< Delores"Jean" I. Alth, 63, 505 East Marietta St.,
Woodsfield, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007 at the East Ohio
Regional Medical Center, Martins Ferry, Ohio. She was
born at Glen Dale, W. Va. on July 8, 1944, a daughter
of the late Raymond and Lucille Russell Alth.
On-line condolences may be sent to

<Around the Burnside

By Denny Easterling
If you are too lazy to plow in the right season, you
have no food at the harvest.
Though good advice lies deep within a person�s heart,
the wise will draw it out.
Who says, you�re too old to go trick or treating? A
reader gave me a fancy trick or treat bag with a
generous supply of my favorite Bulls Eye candy inside.
This brings up a bit of a problem. I like to allow
good things to last as long as possible so I�ll
probably need to hide them as there seems to be less
and less Bulls Eyes. I guess someone else in the house
is digging into my bulls eyes.
Slow time again. Don�t you just love slow time? I�ve
always seemed to have a tough time getting used to
turning my clock back an hour. I�m happy to have a
couple of atomic clocks that change on their own so I
don�t need to worry about forgetting to set the clocks
I�m trying to beat the thing this year as lately
we�ve been going to bed around midnight and getting up
around 8:30 or 9 a.m. I still don�t think it will
Well, for the most part the high school football
season is over for most of the schools. It�s really
too bad our two teams that made the playoffs have to
play each other the very first game.
I guess it�s a well known fact when you are in the
same grouping you have to win all the games regardless
of who the team might be.
Hopefully, the winner of our game will continue to
move along toward the championship. It does kind of
present a problem for many of us, who do you root for?
Possible to cheer for both teams? Regardless of the
outcome neither team needs to hang their heads, they
both have had an excellent season.
By the way, do you think the white out we�ve been
having the last couple of mornings had anything to do
with the white out Penn State fans pulled on Ohio
State the other Saturday? Go Bucks!
Oh yes, I got the latest forecast for our winter this
year while getting my haircut. It was a bit confusing
as we�re going to have a heavy snow as we did in 1950
and a mild winter the rest of the time or maybe just
have another mild winter. With all the Global Warming
it�s kind of tough to make an accurate long range
forecast any more. I guess we�ll have to wait and see
as sometimes the barbershop forecasts are as accurate
as some we used to get from Around the Burnside.
Now that the football season is drawing to a close we
can get into the basketball season. I don�t know how I
have become such a sports nut as I remember, the
second basketball game I saw, I played in and I can�t
remember seeing a football game until I went to OSU,
although we did play some touch football at times.
I�ll have to take that back. For some reason our high
school held a girls touch football game on the front
lawn. This was kind of fun to watch�I guess.
Now that basketball season is coming up I can watch
many of the Ohio State Games as well as our high
school games. I like basketball because I don�t have
to fight any cold wet rain to watch, although this
year the weather co-operated.
In that our cable service has messed up just about
everything on our cable we have a dish out front now
so we can watch what we want and not the junk now
Without checking out the facts, WTOV9 called Monroe
Central a �dropout factory� because a number of
students chose to attend the Career Center. Makes me
so mad I could spit - and to top this, the announcer
indicated she was going to check with John Hopkins to
see if this was true. She believes John Hopkins before
actual figures from the school office. I hate it when
I get worked up like this. Oh well, such is our
responsible news media.
I mentioned earlier about forecasting weather and I
read an article in the Country Living regarding how
weather was forecast prior to Doppler. The writer
suggested it might be interesting to check out some of
the old sayings and find out how accurate they are.
Everyone knows, Red sky in the morning, sailors take
warning. Red sky at night, sailors delight. One I
hadn�t heard, Thunder in the fall, no winter at all.
Thunder in the spring, warm weather will bring. I know
you know many more.
Another one I hadn�t heard, I might be tempted to try
this year. It will probably be as accurate as
barbershop and burnside forecasts.
At the stroke of midnight place a row of 12 onions
outside on New Year�s eve. Each onion represents a
month. By observing which onions collected moisture
within the first hour of the New Year�s morning you
could determine which month one could expect a lot of
rain. Sounds like an excellent scientific
investigation. I do have one problem. Which end of the
row is January? Choosing the wrong end to start with
January would throw the whole thing off.
I like my method of forecasting best of all. I get up
in the morning, make a timely stop, look out the
window and say �It�s snowing, it�s not snowing�, �It�s
raining, it�s not raining,� �the sun�s shining, it�s
cloudy,� �there�s frost,� �there�s dew� or any other
factor that might enter into the weather. With this
method I�m nearly 99 percent correct unless it changes
later in the day.
When everybody minds their own business news is
He who knows nothing is confident of everything.
Attend church Sunday? OK.
Bible readings: From Genesis (Mon.) 39:1-6a; (Tues.)
39:6b-10; (Wed.) 39:11-20; (Thurs.) 41:1-8; (Fri.)
41:25-36; (Sat.) 41:37-45; (Sun.) Psalm 105:16-22.