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 Sept. 27, 2007 Edition

< Preparations for New Family Dollar Store in Progress

Site work has begun on the new Family Dollar store
which will be located on Eastern Avenue in Woodsfield,
adjacent to More For Less. "The store will be a good
addition to the retail mix in Monroe County," said
developer Doug King. Site project manager Scott Konche
is shown on top of the truck.

Photo by Martha Ackerman

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer

Site work began last week on the new Family Dollar
store which will be located on Eastern Avenue in
Woodsfield, adjacent to More For Less.
"It's nice to come into a town when people want us
there," said developer Doug King of Cincinnati. "Some
towns are not so welcoming."
Chris Wellman is the general contractor for the
project. He has been in business for 25 years,
starting out in a partnership with his father. This is
the ninth Family Dollar Wellman has contracted for
King.
Site preparation is being done by Reed Sour, Sour
Farms Excavating Inc. of St. Paris, Ohio. Scott Konche
is the site project manager.
The 90' x 101' Liberty metal building will house the
Family Dollar which is tentatively scheduled to open
in December or January.
Family Dollar operates over 6,400 stores in a
44-state area ranging from Maine to Florida and as far
west as Idaho and Arizona. The relatively small store
size permits Family Dollar to open new stores in rural
areas and small towns as well as large urban
neighborhoods.
According to Josh Braverman, spokesman for Family
Dollar, the 7,744 square feet of sales area will stock
basic goods, general food items, apparel, health and
beauty aids, home decor, toys, general auto products
and treasure hunt items.
"We have a great relationship with big distributors
so we carry name brand, good quality items at low
prices," said Braverman.
"Everyone has been so cooperative. The Family Dollar
store will be a good addition to the retail mix in
Monroe County," said King. "It makes prices
competitive and it's better for the consumer."
"We pride ourselves in being a community player,"
added Braverman. "We provide value and convenience for
the family and will add five to seven full or
part-time jobs."

< Dierkes Explains "No" Vote Comments heard on matter of denied deconsolidation

by Arlean Selvy
Publisher
Comments about the future with regard to the recent
denial for deconsolidation was heard by the
Switzerland of Ohio board of education, which also
heard an explanation by board member Scott Dierkes as
to why he cast a no voted for the teachers contract.
Dierkes said he has been asked why he voted no on the
contract. He explained that previous monetary and
staff reductions should have been reduced. �I have a
problem with giving out money without reducing
reductions,� said Dierkes.
�We cut a million dollars from the kids and gave it
to teachers,� he said.
In February of 2006 the board made a reduction of
$838,175. According to District Treasurer Kevin
Robertson, some of those cuts were made through
attrition (ie retirements), moving personnel.
According to Dierkes, work hours were cut for
teachers aids, librarians, cooks and secretaries. �All
the people who aren�t making much money,� he said.
A second reduction was made April 26, 2007 when a
cut of $383,803.08 was approved. That reduction was
lowered to $343,478 when the board decided that
students would not have o pay for workbooks. Other
budget reductions were kept in place, such as students
paying to play sports, paying for use of school buses
for trips, and the district not paying junior high
coaches.
The teacher contract, on a 4-1 vote, was approved at
a special meeting held August 30.
�We had no money and suddenly we have over a million
dollars to pay teachers,� said Dierkes. �I don�t have
a problem with a raise,� he said, �But I do have a
problem making all these reductions and then going
ahead and giving the raises without reversing the
reductions.�
Several visitors to the meeting talked concerning
recent denial of deconsolidation by the State Board of
Education.
�Since the feasibility study has been denied ... I�d
ask that board members consider moving forward to
unite the district to work to build new facilities
that will serve all the children - and perhaps let go
of the plans that have been denied and work for a
brighter future for all the children.�
This spirit of togetherness was expressed by Cheryl
Potts, a fourth grade teacher at Hannibal Elementary.
Potts noted the vast majority of board members were
for deconsolidation. She suggested that if they are
not ready to move forward and work to consolidate the
interests of the children ... �perhaps you should
reconsider your position on the board.�
Shirley Nething, of Sardis, thanked the board members
who voted for deconsolidation. She noted they worked
tirelessly and she thanked them for it.
�Whether we like the decision or not,� said Sardis
resident Dr. Brad Miller, �Everyone needs to extend
the olive branch and come together to do what is best
for the school district.� He said that would be to go
along with the recommendations of the DeJong Committee
... get rid of the dilapidated school buildings and
move into the 21st century in new, modern buildings.
Woodsfield resident Leah Henderson mentioned that
perhaps inmates could help with school renovations.
Dierkes reported that Todd Allen, director of support
services, is meeting with a prison representative to
see how much inmates could do. He noted that labor is
free and the men can do many jobs, including plumbing
and painting. He said social services has also offered
to assist with people who can help.
Kathy McGlone, an instructor at River High, voiced
her concern about allowing buses to leave the school
before other students. She said her concern is that
students who drive are passing �four or five buses at
a time� and she is concerned that �a car full of kids�
could be killed.
Todd Allen reported the new roof for Cameron annex
has been completed and classes have resumed. He noted
also that asbestos abatement at Woods-field High
should be finished by Sept. 28.
The board approved solicitation of bids for a new
boiler at Swiss Hills Career Center. Allen said one of
two boilers is leaking and is cost prohibitive to
repair. He suggested, due to cost, a new boiler be
purchased to replace the two old ones. The new boiler
is two-million BTUs - the old ones are one-million
BTUs each. In addition to the boiler, a pump system
will also be purchased.
Permission was given to purchase a walk-in freezer
for River High School. The cost will be around $17,000
to $25,000.
With the freezer, Allen said there will be a
significant savings as food costs will be less due to
bulk purchases.
The purchase of a camera security system for
Beallsville High School was approved. The price tag is
$8,864.03. The system will be purchased from American
Telephone Technologies, Inc. of Caldwell, which will
also install the system.

<Woodsfield to Purchase Pond

Action to purchase a raw water reservoir was taken
Sept. 17 by Woodsfield Village Council, which also
discussed the Davey Crawford light pole.
Council agreed to apply for a loan to purchase a pond
which will be a significant resource for the village
during dry periods.
The village has experienced low water problems over
the years. In the past it has tapped into Monroe Lake
and was supplied water from a private pond. This year,
as water levels became low, Woodsfield obtained water
from the Switzerland of Ohio Water District, as well
as other sources.
A resolution was adopted authorizing an agreement
between the village and the Ohio Water Development
Authority which will allow application for a low
interest loan for the purchase.
The Davey Crawford light pole, considered by some as
a village landmark, received attention when a Riley
Addition resident expressed concerns about traffic at
the intersection is not properly marked, especially
for traffic going east to west. She said it should be
marked better or the pole should be reinstalled. She
then asked if the pole was going to be put back.
Councilwoman Carol Hehr agreed that the intersection
is a traffic concern and should be better marked. She
also indicated village officials are working with the
Ohio Department of Transportation in regard to
replacing the pole.
The historic yet controversial Crawford light pole
was removed from the square about midnight Tuesday,
Jan. 3, 2006.
The action came after village council voted 4-2 for
the removal and refurbishment of the pole. According
to discussion at that time, the light pole would not
be returned to its original site on State Route 78 at
the intersection of Main Street.
A motion in 2006 by Council-man Dale English called
for the removal of the light pole, its renovation, and
placement at a suitable site with a bronze plaque
noting its significance. Voting to remove the pole
from the square were council members Vernon Henthorn,
Paul Byers, Sheila Stollar and English.
Citing its historic significance, council members
Carol Hehr and Pauline Delbrugge voted against the
permanent removal. Protesting the removal, Hehr
said the pole �makes our town charming and quaint.�
Prior to council�s 2006 action, the pole had been
deemed a danger due to its condition, some felt it was
a traffic hazard, and complaints were received
concerning truck traffic.
Following removal, petitions were received to repair
and replace the pole on the square.
A committee was formed to recommend the fate of the
pole, which was erected in the early 1940s. It was
donated to the village by D.G. �Davey� Crawford.
Several residents from the Riley Addition complained
about more than 20 stray cats. Council offered them
traps to capture the strays. However, residents were
not sure what they could done the cats once captured.
There was not response.
Mike Cox, representing the board of public affairs,
asked permission to use the street department�s track
hoe because of a crack in a sewer line in the 100
block of Andover Road in the Riley Addition. Donnie
Weber, superintendent of the street department, said
he would take the track hoe to that location and help
with the project.
Councilman Paul Byers reported a complaint about junk
cars on South Main Street. The police will check into
the matter.
Council approved trick or treat or Oct. 30 from 5:30
to 7 p.m. The halloween parade will begin at 7:30 p.m.
An executive session was held with regard to possible
litigation. At the request of Cox, an executive
session was held for personnel with regard to
compensation. No action was taken at its conclusion.

~ Beallsville Homecoming Candidates and Court ~
Homecoming festivities at Beallsville High School
will be held Sept. 28. The parade will begin at 6:30
p.m. with the coronation scheduled for 6:45 p.m. The
young lady who selects the blue rose will be crowned
Beallsville�s 2007 Homecoming Queen. The Beallsville
vs. Caldwell football game begins at 7:30 p.m. Queen
candidates and attendants are, from left, front:
Jessica Campbell, freshman attendant; Brooke Moore,
sophomore attendant; Erika McFrederick, junior
attendant; second row: Queen candidates - Miranda
McFrederick, Latara Arnold; third row: Queen
candidates - Ranae Atkinson, Savannah Burke and Martha
Koehler.
Photo Courtesy of Brenda Lloyd

~ Riesbeck's Donates to Monroe Central Band ~
Kirt Sloan, manager of Riesbeck�s Food Market in
Woodsfield, presented Missy Skidmore, president of the
Monroe Central Band Boosters, with a check for $500.
The money was solicited for a new trailer for band
instruments. According to Skidmore, the truck with
constant repairs is becoming too expensive to operate.
"We're glad to give back to the community," said
Sloan. "We're thankful for those who have helped,"
said Skidmore, who noted that the band has increased
from five when her husband, Jack, took over as
director to 40 since. "We're on the rise," laughed
Missy. Also donating to the band recently was AEP
which has been a frequent supporter of the band.
Photo by Martha Ackerman

<   Patrolman Honored by Caldwell Village Council

Caldwell village patrolman Denny Knowlton was honored
by the Caldwell Village Council recently for his quick
thinking that resulted in the largest crack cocaine
bust in Noble County history. Knowlton was presented
with a certificate of communication at Council�s
regular meeting Sept. 10. Shown, from left, are
Caldwell Mayor Willard Radcliff, Patrolman Denny
Knowlton, Police Chief Brian Langley and Council
member Jeff Minosky. Denny is the son of Denzil and
Marsha Knowlton of Woodsfield.
Photo Courtesy of David Evans, Caldwell Journal

< Obituaries
(read the full obituary in the paper) 

< Pauline B. Weisend, 94, Monroe County Care Center,
Woodsfield, formerly of Lewisville, died Sept. 19,
2007, at the center. She was born Sept. 16, 1913, at
Lewisville, a daughter of the late Nicholas and Mary
Ann Haren Burkhart. Online condolences may be
expressed at www.wattersfuneralhome.com
.

< Martha Jean Gilmore Yoho, 77, of Hannibal, died Sept.
19, 2007, at New Martinsville Health Care Center. She
was born Nov. 17, 1929 in Duffy, the daughter of the
late George Martin, Sr., and Stella Mae Lively Frye.
Sympathy expressions at www.grisellfuneralhomes.com
.

< Wilbur L. (Webb) Haslam, 64, Woodsfield, died Sept.
19, 2007, at his home. He was born Feb. 6, 1943 in
Monroe County, a son of Golda Mellott Stottsberry of
Woodsfield, and the late Russell R. Haslam.
Condolences may be expressed online at
www.bauerturner.com
.

< Houston Lee, Woodsfield, died Sept. 25, 2007, at
Monroe County Care Center. Arrangements pending at
Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield. Online
condolences may be expressed at www.bauerturner.com
.

< Seth Ryan Yoho, Infant son of Kirk and Courtney Yoho of Westerville,
died Sept. 8, 2007, at Columbus Children's Hospital.

 

<Around the Burnside

By Denny Easterling
To acquire wisdom is to love oneself; people who
cherish understanding will prosper.
People with good sense restrain their anger; they
earn esteem by overlooking wrongs.
It served us well and now it's gone. Our tomato patch
is finished having provided, due to friends who
furnished the plants and put them in the ground, all
the tomatoes we could eat and even put some away for
the winter. I did plant a couple of lemon tomatoes and
they really took off big time.
Once during the year there was a gigantic green
tomato fry for two people. I don't know how they could
eat so many fried green tomatoes. I had a bologna
sandwich.
Last year we kept saying we should clean out those
tomato vines and toss them out, however, somehow we
never got around to it so the vines were there this
spring.
In a charge of energy, which resulted in the loss of
a large load of junk, over loading the McIntire
pick-up and clearing the tomato patch, we will not
have to look at a dried up tomato patch this winter.
I finished the job by using the riding mower. We only
have a few stems to clean up so maybe we'll get around
to it some time. If you don't do it today, it will
still be around tomorrow or the next day.
Summer is over and fall is upon us. I kind of like
the fall season as the leaves turn and the weather
gets nippy. Football is in full swing and basketball
season will soon be here. The Blue Devils are still
going great even, if they did allow a touchdown last
week, go Blue Devils! The River Pilots are still
flying high and meet Caldwell, a team Monroe Central
beat by the skin of their teeth.
Now, how about the Monroe Central Volleyball team.
they just knocked off buckeye Trail on their own
court. The Buckeye Trail team have been tough to
handle over the last few years.
Come Oct. 1 our cable will be getting a facelift
according to information from Suddenlink. We are
getting three Columbus stations which is good for we
Ohio State fans as we can get Ohio State news now.
Wouldn't you know it, Ohio News Network, which we are
getting, has carried the Ohio High School
championships for years. Now that we have the network,
Times Warner has come along with more money so it
takes away our watching them. Big deal!
Kind of looks as though they shot holes in our basic
cable. Yes, we got three Columbus stations but they
threw in two C-spans, OVC whatever that is and
Celebrity Shopping Network which I know folks in our
viewing area can hardly wait to tune in.
Of course I guess I'm not the normal TV watcher. I
didn't watch the Emmy's being given away for the best
of about everything. I did, however, read the results.
I discovered I had not watched any of the programs
that either the program or the actors were presented
an Emmy. Kind of took me back to when I was in
college, standing on High Street watching a TV in a
store window, wondering what will they think of next?
If I recall, wrestling was a popular program when TV
first came out. Oh well, you've come a long way baby.
I just happened to think, when you get rid of all
your old junk in a small building and the basement,
you have more room for your new and up-to-date junk.
I just can't help but think what I would have missed
had a TV been sitting in our living room. A few might
include long summer evenings with friends doing almost
anything, eating rhubarb out of the garden as well as
ripe tomatoes, eating green apples, playing hide and
seek, run sheepy run, sneaking to Bond's Store to
listen to the loafer's stories, trying to swat bats,
harvesting sparrows for our cat and the list goes on
and on. Even the radio wasn't the best in the world
but we listened to Jack Armstrong, Bobby Benson on the
BRB Ranch, Orphan Annie, Green Hornet and others. Amos
and Andy and Lum and Abner were a must plus if Mom
ever missed Ma Perkins during the day the roof might
have caved in. Everything stopped when it was time for
Ma Perkins.
George, the barber, was a great Cleveland Indian fan
until they got behind then he dropped what he was
doing, say a few choice words about his beloved
Indians and turn off the radio. His Indians seem to be
going great guns this year. Just so they don't drop
four games in a row if they get into the world series.
As I said earlier, I'm glad I didn't miss out on all
of these things growing up. I look back and realize
how much influence those I knew and ran with as a kid
had on my life, even though some of the things that
happened to us would be considered abuse, according to
today's standard. I don't know how we withstood so
much abuse.
A question in Seek, which we get at Sunday School,
asked the question: Who are you the most like, your
Mom or Dad? Ever think about it?
I almost forgot, eating grapes and spitting the halls
on the ground. Nothing like a grape arbor.
Church Sunday? I wonder.
Bible readings: From Genesis (Mon.) 24:1-9; (Tues.)
24:10-21; (Wed.) 24:22-27; (Thurs.) 24:28-32; (Fri.)
24:33-41; (Sat.) 24:42-51; (Sun.) Psalm 100.