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Dec. 3, 2008
for National Campaign
Three-year-old Karley Williams has
been selected as the poster child for Make-A-Wish of America’s 2008
fundraising program. She is the daughter of Jimmy and Becky Williams of
The national direct mail appeal
features Karley’s photo as she stands on the porch of her full-sized
playhouse which was provided by Make-A-Wish. “Make-A-Wish of America
estimates that 169,500 Americans will see Karley’s photo. The mailings went
out on Dec. 1.
The mailer asks for donations to the
Make-A-Wish Foundation ... “For children facing life-threatening medical
conditions, every minute of their lives is especially precious. I hope you
will send a special year-end donation today.”
Karley Sue was born Oct.29, 2005 with
Carnitine Palmitoyl Transferase Deficiency Type II (CPTD Type II), one of 32
genetic disorders. The disorder was diagnosed because, according to Jimmy, a
few years earlier, the state of Ohio expanded the newborn screening program
to include these genetic disorders.
There are three types of CPT2:
prenatal, neonatal and late onset. The neonatal type, which Karley has, is
the baby killer and is nicknamed the lethal CPTs. No baby in the medical
world has ever lived past five months with this disorder–until Karley Sue.
Karley has been fighting this
disorder since birth. She has spent over a year of her life in Pittsburgh’s
Children’s Hospital. Under the care of Dr. Jerry Vockley, M.D., PhD. and Dr.
Steven Webber, M.D., C.O.C., Karley has broken many records in her short
life. She has set the way for treatment of this disorder. Karley is the
first person with this disorder to have a heart transplant, and she is doing
great, according to her parents.
According to Jimmy Williams, KDKA in
Pittsburgh has scheduled a CBS documentary which focuses on children who
have survived against all odds. Karley will be one of those featured in this
Two authors are collaborating on a
book which features 15 children who have survived life-threatening
illnesses. Karley is one of the five they have chosen. The proceeds from
this book, according to Jimmy, will go to Children’s Hospital.
Karley enjoys trips to McDonald’s and
is looking forward to Santa’s arrival.
Christmas Festival - Dec. 6
Christmas Festival Committee has been busy with the new addition to the
Christmas Festival, the Festival of Lights in the City Park. Annette Mobley,
right, shown with committee members Norm and Ruth Workman, donated 17
Christmas figures that were handmade by her late husband, Woodrow. With this
donation and others given to the village by Longaberger, the park will be
glowing with lights this season.
Photo by Martha Ackerman
“The Flight into Egypt” is one of 17 handmade Christmas figures made by the
late Woodrow Mobley and donated to the Woodsfield Christmas Festival by his
wife Annette. This photo was taken several years ago at the Mobley home on
Festival of Lights in the Park
by Martha Ackerman
With the addition of the Festival of
Lights in the City Park, this year’s Woodsfield Christmas Festival, set for
Dec. 6, will be bigger and better than ever before.
With the help of Jay, Sally and Jim
Seidler, Norm and Ruth Workman, Melissa Smithberger and Mary Holter, the
park has been transformed into a mini Oglebay, with the 17 Christmas figures
donated by Annette Mobley. The figures were handmade by her late husband
Woodrow. Many who travel SR78 will remember the beautiful display at the
In addition to the Mobley display, a
15 foot tree donated to the village by Longaberger will add to the light
display. There are also two candelabras, candy canes, suckers, a Joy sign
donated by Sally Seidler of Mary Kay Cosmetics and a Christmas greetings
sign made by Woodsfield Municipal Light Plant employees, who have helped
with the display.
The City Park made an ideal location.
Sightseers can drive by Creamery Street, turn onto Roy Street and back
around by the school office to experience the complete display.
The Woodsfield Garden Club has
decorated the courthouse.
The Christmas Festival activities begin at 8 a.m. at the Brown Community
Center with a free Breakfast With Santa, sponsored by the Woodsfield Kiwanis
Club and the Monroe County Health Department’s Help Me Grow.
Independent business vendors will
display their wares in the courthouse from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be
lots of gifts available for sale.
Local stores will have specials and
refreshments. There will be a Santa’s Workshop at the First Baptist Church
on Paul Street from 10 a.m. til noon and pictures with Santa at Pat’s Gift
Shoppe and Cafe from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Deck the Halls, Walls and Tables
Silent Auction will be held at the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce office
from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A live Nativity will be in front of the Monroe
Theatre from noon to 6 p.m.
Also on the schedule are barrel train
rides and face painting at Farmer’s Feed and Deli; carriage rides by
Sawblossom Stables of Lewisville sponsored by Woodsfield Kiwanis with
boarding in front of Peters Law Offices and HerSpace.Gym will offer free
holiday pampering session at 12:30, 1 and 1:30 p.m. There will be
entertainment by the Happy Heart Singers, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and a live
radio broadcast from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be music by the
Monroe Central Band and Christmas caroling.
The Woodsfield Christmas Parade will begin at 6 p.m. with line up at 5 p.m.
Bill Frank will MC the parade. Grand Marshal for the parade is
Karissa Martin, Miss Ohio 2008 (seen at left). Following the parade
is the tree lighting ceremony in front of the courthouse.
A Christmas Concert at the United
Methodist Church with the Monroe Singers and the Woodsfield Elementary
Fourth Grade Choir, directed by Paula Frank, will round out the festivities
with the Festival of Lights at the City Park from 5 to 10 p.m. concluding
this year’s celebration of the season.
Director Placed on Leave
by Arlean Selvy
The director of Job and Family
Services was placed on administrative leave and an interim replacement was
named during the Nov. 25 meeting of Monroe County commissioners.
The action was taken following an
executive session called at 11:10 a.m. by board president John Pyles with
regard to disciplinary action. Attending that meeting was Debbie Haney and
Commissioners Bill Thompson, Francis ‘Sonny’ Block and Pyles. The session
ended at 12:11 p.m. at which time Pyles moved to extend the offer of a
separation agreement to Haney and place her on administrative leave with
full pay and full benefits until Jan. 1. The motion carried on a 3-0 vote.
Since the session extended beyond the
twelve-o’clock hour, the media had left the courthouse to attend the noon
Kiwanis meeting. Upon return to the afternoon session, the media was neither
informed that a session had been held with Haney nor that action to place
her on administrative leave had been taken. That particular information was
shared with the Beacon the following morning by Pyles.
On a tape recording, the official
record of the meeting, Haney can be heard sobbing as Pyles moved to approve
the separation agreement prepared by Isaac, Brant, Ledman and Teetor. The
vote was unanimous.
In a conversation with Haney, she
told the Beacon she did not sign the separation agreement.
The prepared “Separation Agreement
and General Re-lease” calls for Haney’s irrevocable resignation and would
have her promising not to file suit against commissioners. It reads in part:
“This agreement also includes a release by Haney of any claims she might
have or claim for breach of contract, wrongful discharge from employment,
promissory estoppel (promises on which she relied) emotional distress or
other personal injury, harassment, retaliation, negligent hiring or
negligent retention of other employees, other negligence, defamation (libel
and slander), whistleblower protection, invasion of privacy, violation of
public policy, unemployment compensation, workers’ compensation and any
other claim under any theory of law which Haney may have against the
Commissioners or any of the other released parties.”
Following the vote approving the
motion by Pyles to “extend the offer of separation agreement” to Haney and
place her on administrative leave, Commis-sioner Block said, “It’s not easy
for any of us sitting here to make this decision and I personally want to
thank you for coming in and helping us and working with us to make things
run as smooth as possible in Monroe County.”
Pyles than indicated it was nothing
personal. He said, “Nothing of this - the outcome of this reflects anything
personal. At the time Debbie Haney came in we was in a - it was a tough time
with personnel out there (Dept. of Job and Family Services) and I thank you
for the services you have done.”
Asked if anyone at JFS was aware of
what was happening, Pyles said “I think Jeanette [Harter] and Michelle [Speel-man].”
Haney indicated she wanted to talk to
her staff to let them know what had transpired, “but I don’t know if you
want that,” she said.
“Not at this time,” answered Pyles.
In the conversation via phone with
Haney, she said there had been no reprimand and no evaluation prior to the
action. “I was in shock,” she said.
At 3:51 p.m. officials entered into
executive session with Jeanette Harter and Michelle Speelman regarding
disciplinary action. At the conclusion of that meeting, Harter was named
acting interim director of JFS. The motion was made by Thompson, the vote
Prior to the action taken by
commissioners, Haney reported the success of the drivers license suspension
program implemented earlier this year to collect child support arrearage.
She said the second batch of letters, totaling 45, had been mailed. She
reported four license suspensions were made. “The number is low because many
chose to come in and make payment or set up payroll withholding,” she
With regard to 11 suspensions, a
total of $2,359.30 was collected in order to stop the suspensions. Eight
withholdings have been started and eight letters came back as undeliverable.
She noted three cases are still being researched.
About two months ago, Haney started
an account so that money can be collected at the front desk. Since Aug. 29,
a total of $4,322.23 has been collected in back child support. Some of these
were arrears only, she said. “So, they’re done - cases closed - and I think
that’s reason for celebration,” said Haney. She said JFS will continue to
work with the license suspension program to collect back child
Five executive sessions were held.
The first was a 20-minute session requested by Pyles for personnel with
regard to disciplinary action. No action was taken on the matter.
The second session was called at the
request of Deb Haney, as director of Job and Family Services, with regard to
disciplinary action and hiring. Following the session the resignation of
Dottie Paxton was accepted, effective Dec. 15 and Kyle Jones, Barnesville,
was hired as a Social Worker II effective Dec. 14.
A third session, as reported above,
was called by Pyles regarding disciplinary action. This session was called
immediately upon action taken in the second session and included Haney.
A fourth session was held at the
request of Ronda Piatt, dog warden, for the purpose of personnel with regard
to disciplinary action. No action taken.
The fifth session was with Harter and
Speelman, at which time Harter was made interim JFS director.
Luci Pierce, membership coordinator
for Air Evac Life-team, Wheeling, was authorized to talk with various
county departments about memberships in the Air Evac medical program.
Transportation Lays Off 15
Results of the country’s economic
condition have hit the Ohio Valley and the impact hit hard at Slay
Transportation Co., Inc.
The company has laid off 22 workers
over the past month.
Fifteen drivers were placed on
lay-off status on Nov. 21. Additionally the company had to let five drivers
and two tank washers go about a month ago.
Tank washers are workers who clean
the inside of the chemical truck tanks.
Locally the Sardis based trucking
terminal hauls liquid chemicals out of the Bayer and PPG plants in New
Martinsville. The chemicals are used in the production of cars, foam for
seats, coating for plastics, etc.
“It’s the economic condition that
everybody’s facing,” said Chad Blake, terminal manager. “We try to operate
efficiently,” he added, “but a lot depends on car manufacturers.”
Slay Transportation currently employs
74 workers. At its peak, they employed over 100.
“We’ve been downsizing for about a year,” said Blake, noting business has
been falling off. Although the chemicals they haul are also used for such
items as mattresses, he said the biggest impact has been due to car
DELILAH M. YOUNG
Delilah M. Young, 90, Canton, died
Nov. 23, 2008. She was born Nov. 11, 1918 in Lewisville, a daughter of the
late John and Mary Lumbatis.
Online Guestbook at
NORMA JEAN FISHER
Norma Jean Fisher, 68, Clarington,
died Nov. 30, 2008, at Wheeling Hospital. She was born March 3, 1940 near
Barnesville, a daughter of the late Alvie and Lillian Powell Lucas. She was
a homemaker. Online condolences may be expressed at
GLADYS A. DECKER
Gladys A. Decker, 79, 47020 Robin Rd., Woodsfield, formerly of Beallsville,
died Nov. 30, 2008, at Barnesville Hospital. She was born June 26, 1929 at
Bellaire, a daughter of the late Harry and Edna Pugh Hudson. Online
condolences may be expressed at
EDITH E. GEITGEY
Edith E. Norris Geitgey, 87, Canton,
died Nov. 28, 2008, at Mercy Medical Center, Canton. She was born Aug. 29,
1921 in Monroe County, a daughter of the late Lewis E. Norris and Lulu B.
Condolences can be expressed at
BRICE E. HANNAHS
Brice E. Hannahs, 67, 51620 Richard
Clark Rd., Summer-field, died Nov. 23, 2008 at Southeastern Ohio Regional
Medical Center, Cambridge. He was born March 19, 1941, near Calais, a son of
Grace Morris Hannahs, Quaker City, and the late Samuel Vernon Hannahs.
Online condolences may be expressed
It’’s Christmas time in Monroe County
and the county commissioners are observing it in grand style. With the new
regulation of Tuesday meetings instead of Monday, the Monroe County Beacon
cannot get the important news to its readers in a timely fashion - instead
of the week of the happenings; we get it 10 days later. Wonder why our
servants do this?
Well, it could be that at the Tuesday
(Nov. 25) meeting Mrs. Debbie Haney came at her appointed time to report on
good things happening at the Department of Job and Family Services. There
were also personnel matters, but she certainly didn’t expect that in one of
the executive sessions she was the personnel matter. And, they didn’t give
her a Christmas bonus. Instead she received administrative leave and all her
personal office items were immediately removed and put in her car and she
was sent home. I wonder if state and federal procedures were followed? She
didn’t get to talk with her employees and from the research I have done
there seems to be only one excuse.
For several months now, Mrs. Haney
and her employee, Tom Scott, work force and economic developer, have worked
diligently with members of the community to build confidence in our future
and to set plans in motion to help the infrastructure, education, business
incubator, tourism, marketing and transportation of the county. These
volunteers, known as Team Monroe, work with passion and intelligence to help
make the county better. Everyone knows change doesn’t happen overnight, but
Heaven forbid in this county something would happen without politics being
involved. Team Monroe is just that: a separate non-profit 501 C(3)
organization, not under the political atmosphere of this county, rather a
“grassroots” movement moving to build a better future. Yes, some of the
major projects will need help from larger state and federal agencies, but
these are intelligent people that are allowed to ask for help with or
without the help of the county commissioners.
Could Team Monroe threaten the commissioners? Team Monroe wishes to
cooperate with officials but not be dominated by them. We have miles to go,
but we are taking it one step at a time. Since there is no longer millions
of dollars from TANF tax dollars available, Monroe County must figure out
another way to make good things happen here and Team Monroe has found people
who care about our future.
Why would any industry/business come
to our county when it is in a constant state of flux? Economic
Developers/grant writers come and go, and people “toe the line” so they
won’t have the ax fall on them. I have always believed and promoted that
people will blossom when they have leaders who encourage them and people who
fear will accomplish nothing. I apologize if this letter seems harsh, but
the facts are here and personally I am sick of people here being treated
like garbage. Since most of the decisions made by the county commissioners
are made after hours, instead of at the meetings, we can only hope that the
“rumor mill” in Monroe County continues to function, so we become aware of
Yes, I will watch my back because of
my out spoken opinion, but I will not sit back and agree that this kind of
treatment to the people of Monroe County is okay. We must demand better.
In response to a recent letter to the
editor published in the Nov. 25 edition of the Monroe County Beacon, there
are a few facts that need to be presented in defense of the Monroe County
Library Board’s decision not to accept Dally Memorial Library as a branch.
Current Monroe County District
Library Board members are Rose Ann Lee, president, a resident of Graysville,
Shirley Matz, Woodsfield, Darlene Carpenter, Lewisville and Judy McIntire,
Clarington. In May of 2008, Franklin Ellis, husband of Tammy Ellis,
director, Dally Library, was appointed by the board of the Monroe County
Commissioners; Ellis is a resident of Sardis. Rodney Rufener, also a
resident of Sardis, was appointed to the Library Board by the County
Commissioners in September of this year. He is the son-in-law of Donna
Dally-Day founder of the Dally Library. In October of 2008, Alice Kingry,
another Sardis resident was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Library
Board. She, however was appointed by Judge Julie Selmon. There currently is
no representation for other areas of the county, including Beallsville, on
the board. I was a board member until September 2008. I submitted a letter
to renew my term and was denied. The commissioners chose to
appoint Rufener to the vacant position.
Monroe County Commission-er Bill
Thompson is a former board member of the Riverfront Library Association and
is a resident of Sardis. Commissioner John Pyles is also a resident of
Sardis. At a meeting of the Monroe County Commissioners in Oct. 2007,
Commissioner John Pyles stated that if he had the power to remove all
current board members and replace them he would do it that day.
In regards to library revenue; it is
received from a state fund known as the Library Government Fund and is
administered through the County Auditor’s Office. All Ohio public libraries
receive 2.22 percent of the state’s general tax revenue. That revenue is
distributed to each of the 251 public libraries in the state. The library
does not receive any funding from the Monroe County budget. There is no
library levy in Monroe County. This means that no library funds are
generated from county funds.
The Monroe County District Library
sustained a two percent cut in 2008; and in 2009 another overall cut of
three to four percent will likely become a reality, probably more. The first
three months of 2009 will likely see much lower revenues as in the past. The
Monroe County District Library will receive $560,000 from local government
funding this year, not $640,000. The $640,000 is the amount appropriated for
expenditures for 2008, not receipts. There must be some carry-over at the
end of the year in order to make up for the lost revenues. The question
remains, should the main library in Monroe County have to endure further
cuts to operate a branch with a circulation of less in a year than one month
at the main library?
In response to the comment regarding
the staff receiving “bonuses”, the staff actually received a one-time pay
increase. This is decided upon by the board if there is any excess in the
budget due to people vacating their positions or staff going above and
beyond their respective duties to help when someone is off for an extended
period of time. According to the Director, each full-time employee received
$500 before taxes and the part-time employees received $300. The board also
tries to consider the cost of living each year when determining employee
Regarding other services provided by
the Monroe County District Library, the bookmobile is a valuable service
that is available to all residents within the county. This service is both
provided and funded by the Monroe County District Library. There are patrons
who access the Bookmobile because they have no other way to obtain
materials. They are unable to drive to the library or do not have someone to
bring them. There are a few members of the board who do not feel the
Bookmobile is a necessary service because it is too costly a service.
Riverfront residents are able to
obtain library services in a number of ways. New Matamoras Branch Library is
approximately 11.07 miles from Sardis, nearly a 13 minute drive. The New
Martinsville Library is about six miles from Sardis, which is around a 12
minute drive. The Powhatan Branch Library is approximately 21.37 miles from
Sardis, around a 25 minute drive. These distances have been obtained from
Riverfront residents must travel to
other locations to purchase groceries, and in some cases to do their
banking. In most instances they would be passing by, or coming very close to
one of the locations previously listed. There are residents in the outlying
areas of the county that do not have access to library services without
traveling great distances without the service of the Bookmobile.
What was the long term plan for
funding of the Dally Memorial Library when it opened? Being that it was not
a part of the Monroe County District Library system there should have been
some financial planning proposals established during the inception of the
library. In a recent letter to the editor submitted by Karen Romick, a
Hannibal resident, she stated the Monroe County District Library had used
state allocated funds for renovations, to purchase property, and for
‘erecting gazeboes”. The Monroe County Library did use funds for these
purposes, perfectly legitimate purposes.
The renovation of the library was
done to benefit all library patrons who choose to utilize the facility and
its available services. The property that was purchased, and the gazebo that
was erected is used for both public and private events; yet another service
provided by the library for the community. The property in question was
purchased in 1999, before Dally Memorial Library was in existence.
Since there has been virtually no
support for the Dally Memorial Library to be taken on as a branch of the
Monroe County District Library except from those residing in Sardis, it
seems that the majority of our county’s library needs are adequately being
might be a redneck if: You know what you believe and you aren’t
afraid to say so, no matter who is listening.
You might be a redneck if: You
respect elders and raised your kids to do the same.
Little bit of winter came calling the
last of the week. I like winter. Who am I trying to kid? The best
thing about winter is the basketball games because the winter is
over about the same time as the season is done.
I guess this doesn’t always work out
because we just missed a big snow storm last year by leaving the
girls state tournament early last March. There were mounds of snow
left the next week.
Now some 50 plus years ago, 58 to be
exact, we had what you call a real snow. Nearly three feet in some
places. (The longer the time the deeper the snow).
I was home for Thanksgiving in my
little ole Studebaker, the one that looked as though it was coming
or going, no matter what direction you were traveling. It was parked
in the alley behind the barn.
When I got to our car sometime after
the snow stopped, I could see the top half. The rest had snow piled
around it. I dug myself in and climbed into the car wondering when I
would be able to return home. I was teaching in De Graff, located in
Logan County, 150 miles or more from Mom and Dad’s.
“Well, will it start?” I wondered.
Yes, first thing. I allowed the motor to run for a time, turned it
off and started shoveling snow again, thinking everything was OK.
I forgot one important thing. Later
when I tried to start my little Study, no soap. No start? I checked
under the hood and you guess it; snow had blown under the hood and
piled a few inches of snow on top of the motor. My running the motor
for a short time melted enough of the snow to add another problem to
Finally a fellow who owned a
bulldozer and had saved a number of people by pulling them off old
Route 40 a day or so earlier,was able to help me. He hooked to my
little car and plowed snow and pulled me out.
We got the car started and it was
time to think about going home. The roads were still snow covered
and I thought it would be a good idea to use chains, as that little
Studebaker would get stuck if you placed a snowball behind the back
tires. I thought I would be able to remove them when I got out of
the area. No such luck, I had to leave chains on all the way home.
We made it OK and as I said last week we missed 15 or more days that
year and didn’t have to make them up. Not a bad winter after all, I
I guess maybe the older you get the
less you enjoy winter. I don’t remember disliking winter so much
when I was teaching at Skyvue. There were times when it seemed as
though the road was snow covered for several weeks at a time.
I don’t recall missing a lot of snow
days. The bus drivers would put chains on the bus and away they
Hanson Hill was fun. There were times
you would wait till the car in front of you made it up the hill so
You could have clear sailing to get your speed up in order to make
it up the hill. I remember a couple of times I didn’t wait and I had
to back up three or four times in order to make it up the hill. Then
there was Ed who had a little bug car and he went tooling around
every where without any trouble. Like everything else, winter just
ain’t the same anymore. When was the last time you saw a group of
kids on sleds?
A friend of mine, when attending OSU,
owned a small car. I don’t remember the make but it was really
small. He had one problem; when he parked it, sometimes it would
come up missing. Once he found it in the girls’ dorm.
He told a story of going to a
basketball game on an icy road and they had slid off the road six
times during their trip. We asked what they did. He replied, ‘No
problem, we just got out, picked it up and put it back on the road.”
The girls soon learned to keep their
dorm windows closed when there was snow on the ground. Snowball
Deer hunting season is well underway.
I just hope it is a safe season so far. There were 30 hunters who
were not very lucky as they were in some type of accident, one
fatal. This really is not so bad when you think of all the
hunters. Then again, they all could have been prevented with a
We just finished an excellent Hunter
Education Course. We had 38 in the class and only three did not
score the required 80 grade on the test. There were 22 who scored 90
or more. Which reminds me, we could use more hunter education
instructors in the county. If interested call me or the State
I hope you had an enjoyable
Thanksgiving and you are not still eating leftovers. By now they are
“must goes.” We allowed our dinner to settle by watching one of the
funniest DVDs I’ve ever seen (It wasn’t the cable guy either).
If a fish didn’t open its mouth, it
would never be caught.
Christmas is coming. Don’t forget
Bible readings: (Mon.) Samuel 2:1-10;
From Luke (Tues.) 1:16-33; (Wed.) 1:34-38; (Thurs.) 2:25-35 (Fri.)
John 2:1-11; (Sat.) Acts 1:6-14; (Sun.) Luke 1:46-55.