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~ Bald Eagle Spotted April 24 ~
Glenda Scarbro sent the Monroe County Beacon this photo of a
bald eagle she spotted April 24. The stately bird was seen on St. Rt. 565 in
Monroe County, above the Bethel Community Center, Marr, just before you get
to the Noble County line.
April 30, 2009
$15,000 in Scholarships Awarded at Kiwanis Banquet
first ever Oho State Land Grant Scholarship was awarded to Erika
Williams of Sardis. The award gives the River High School senior a full
four-year scholarship to The Ohio State University. The scholarship was
presented by attorney and Kiwanian Richard Yoss, a graduate of The Ohio
for the highest ACT scores were sponsored by Paulus Insurance and presented
by Ed and Valerie Paulus. Scholarships went to Andrew Schumacher, front
left, and Cheyenne Romick. In back are Valerie and Ed Paulus.
Banquet Chair Karena Reusser presents a beautiful hand painted picture of
the Monroe Conty Courthouse to Richard L. Riesbeck, guest speaker at the
51st Annual Kiwanis Scholarship Banquet, which was held April 21 at Swiss
Hills Career Center.
Photo by Arlean Selvy
by Arlean Selvy
“... discover what you need to do in
life and be happy, help others and give continually to your community -
wherever it may end up being.”
Those words of advice were given by
Richard L. Riesbeck, guest speaker at the 51st annual Kiwanis Scholarship
The banquet celebrated the top five
percent of students in the Switzerland of Ohio School District. This year
marked the most scholarships ever distributed in the history of the event
with awards totaling over $15,000, including four $1,000 awards.
The $1,000 scholarships were awarded
by Cameron Coca-Cola, Citizens National Bank, and John and Lois Baker, who
gave two $1,000 scholarships.
Accepting the Baker scholarships,
presented by Rusty Atkinson and Nikki Baker, were Cody Simmons and Kim
Carey Bott, president and CEO of
Citizens National Bank, presented the bank scholarship to Sean Smithberger,
Monroe Central High School.
Marc Ring, school administration,
presented the Cameron Coca Cola scholarship to Cheyenne Romick, River High
Erika Williams, River High, received
the first ever scholarship sponsored by The Ohio State Land Grant. It was
announced that Williams, a resident of Sardis, earned a full four-year
scholarship to The Ohio State University.
Richard Yoss was the presenter of The
Ohio State Alumni Scholarship which was accepted by Derek Betts, Monroe
Central High School.
The first Barbara Conner Memorial
Scholarship was awarded this year and was presented to Kelsey Krempasky.
The Monroe County Demo-cratic
Committee award, sponsored by Manifred Keylor, Richard Yoss and the Demo-cratic
Executive Committee, was presented to Erika McFrederick.
Kelsey Krempasky was awarded a
scholarship sponsored by the Monroe County Republican Executive Com-mittee.
Roger Claus presented the award.
Richard L. Riesbeck and Riesbeck Food
Markets sponsored a scholarship which Riesbeck awarded to Jordan Stephens.
In addition to the Citizens National
Bank scholarship, awards were made by the following financial
Woodsfield Savings Bank, Karlie
Davis, presented by Mike Knuchel, bank president; WesBanco Woodsfield and
Beallsville, Eve Linda-mood, presented by Donnie Sheller; Ohio Valley
Com-munity Credit Union, Alyssa Headley, presented by Robyn McGuire; Peoples
Savings Bank of New Matamoras, Derek Betts, presented by Ron Cooley,
president; Bayer Heritage Federal Credit Union, Chelsea Lowe, presented by
Lindsey Blackstone and Lesley
Landefeld accepted scholarships offered by the Farm Bureau presented by Dan
Greenlee and Dennis Ward.
Ruritan scholarships were awarded to
Rachael Crooks and Nicole Huffman. The awards were presented by Jeff Rich.
Linda Josefczyk presented the Carol
Austin Scholarship to Beallsville High’s Kristin Lallathin. Austin, a
Wheeling resident, is a member of Woodsfield Kiwanis and an educator.
Dr. Vince Monseau, principal at River
High, accepted the Buddy Parks Memorial Scholarship for Kierstynn Clipner.
Presenting the award was The daughter of Buddy Parks, Lisa Parks Godfrey.
Two Science and Medical Scholarships
were awarded, one by Wetzel County Hospital to Landyn Lucas and the other by
Swiss Valley Foot and Ankle Center to Kerri Jo Thomas. Presenting the
respective awards were Arlene Summers and Dr. Kenneth Cooper.
Business and Achievement awards
sponsored by Tim Blue and Modern Hardware were presented by Ruth Workman,
Kiwanis secretary and manager of the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce.
Awards were presented to Marc Armann, Swiss Hills Career Center, and Kristin
Lallathin, Beallsville High.
The Secrest Community Service awards,
sponsored by the Secrest family, were presented to April Hehr and Desiree
Scholarships for the highest ACT
scores were awarded to one male and one female. Sponsoring the awards was
Paulus Insurance and presenting were Ed and Valerie Paulus. Scholarships
went to Cheyenne Romick, who scored 31; and Andrew Schu-macher, with a score
River High’s Landyn Lucas accepted
the Yoss-Claus Scholarship sponsored by Richard Yoss and Roger Claus. The
award is given to a student who plans to obtain his/her higher education at
The Ohio State University.
Judge Julie Selmon, common pleas
court, recognized students honored at the banquet each of their four-years
of high school. They were Cheyenne Romick and Erika Williams.
The Kiwanis Club offered special
recognition to Monroe Central Key Club members Karlie Davis and Kelsey
The following students were
recognized as representing the
top five percent of the student body:
River High School: Kierstynn Clipner
Kelsey Krempasky, Chelsea Lowe, Landyn Lucas, Cheyenne Romick, Erika
Williams, Desiree Hinkle, Samantha Knowlton, Flint Postle, Jordan Ramsay,
Brandon Price, Renae Riley.
Swiss Hills Career Center: Marc
Armann, Keli Boles, Jennifer Mahoney-Howell, Eve Lindamood,
Kaleb Rush, Paul Turner, Whitney Ham-mel, Kayla Lallathin, Ashleigh Minger,
Ashley Pandzik, Leah Winland, Whitney Urbanek.
Beallsville High School: Kristin
Lallathin, Alyssa Headley, Cammie Groves, Alexis Kanzigg, Charles Tay-lor
Myers, Derek Burkhart.
Monroe Central High: Mallory Bach,
Derek Betts, Karlie Davis, Stephen Pierce, Sean Smithberger, Jordan
Stephens, Nathan Ward, Kurt Zimmer, Kyle Dick, Kory Lucas, Brice Safreed,
Casey Digity, Kelsey Parks, Cody Rouse, Jackie Shreves.
Karena Reusser, program chairman,
presented the guest speaker with a hand painted picture of the Monroe County
Courthouse and depicting the square alive with bright yellow daffodils.
Guest speaker Riesbeck left the
audience with several little nuggets to treasure as we travel life’s
road to success:
First, in terms of career pursuits,
he said not to follow the paths of others, find a path that is yours. Do
this, he said, by following your inner compass; by following your heart; by
trusting your inner self. “By all means,” he said, “listen to the advice of
your friends and family. By all means take under careful advisement what
your academic and career counselors tell you. But where your life’s work is
concerned, you need to satisfy yourself beyond all others.”
Second, it’s never, ever too late to
become what we should have been.
Third: “It’s not as important what
you do in life as much as it is how you live it. No matter what your calling
is, no matter what subject gets you fired up, no matter where your career
path takes you ... always allocate a regular amount of time - whether
this is daily, weekly or monthly - to spend being directly involved with
whatever segment of your community contains people in need,” said Riesbeck.
“Discover what you need to do in life
and be happy, help others, and give continually to your community. If you do
these things, you will become truly fulfilled regardless of what your career
field is ...” he concluded.
EMS Orders Vehicle
CDBG Requests to be Considered
by Arlean Selvy
Authorization to purchase a new
emergency ambulance was given at the April 27 meeting of Monroe County
Com-missioners, who also held a hearing on the 2009 CDBG Formula Grant
requests. A decision on the requests will be made at 10 a.m. during the May
Dave Kuhn, EMA coordinator, met with
officials along with a representative of Horton Emergency Vehicles of
Columbus. The new Horton unit, on a 2009 Ford F-150 chassis, carries a price
tag of $132,886.78.
In an unrelated matter, Kuhn reported
that Terri Knowlton has been hired to collect delinquent E-run bills. She
will be paid 10 percent plus postage.
Descriptions of CDBG requests
totaling $249,300 were submitted by Mary Jo Westfall, OSU Extension, who
administers grant monies.
The county has $76,000 for projects.
Of that amount $11,000 is used for administration and Fair Housing.
• Paving of Monroe St. in Clarington,
$10,600, with no matching funds available.
• Tables and chairs for community
center in Jerusalem, $1,700, no matching funds.
• Paving of Mill St. in Stafford,
$13,800. The village will match with $1,575 cash for the $15,375 project.
• Paving S. Sycamore St. in
Woodsfield, $14,800. Match-ing funds, $1,618 for the $16,418 project.
• Pave various alleys in Woodsfield,
$7,700. Matching funds $826 cash.
• Benton Twp, handicapped restrooms,
$8,800; $1,075 in-kind for the $9,875 project.
• Bethel Twp, culvert, $12,000,
• Ohio Twp., handicapped
accessibility to township hall, $16,000, no matching funds.
• Switzerland Twp., street signs,
$1,600, no matching.
• Antioch VFD, 15 sets of fire
jumpsuits and two Air Paks, $8,000 with a $3,625 match for the $11,625
• Beallsville EMS, new cot, $4,600,
• Monroe County EMS, 10 AEDs,
$15,000, no match.
• Sardis VFD, HVAC for community room
• Woodsfield VFD, fire fighting
• Switzer Water Association, upgrade
pipe on Case Ridge, $9,900, $3,307 cash match.
• Switzerland of Ohio Water District,
replace two hydrants in Jerusalem, $3,700, in-kind match of $1,440 for the
• Switzerland of Ohio Water District,
coin bulk water station in Jerusalem, $8,800.
• Woodsfield Sewer Dept. storm
drainage separation, $6,300, $3,600 in-kind match for the $9,900 project.
• Woodsfield Water Dept., booster
pump replacement. $2,248 in-kind match for the $15,148 project.
• Graysville Community Center, canopy
between firehouse and community building, playground equipment, $8, 000.
$4,500 match for the $12,500 project.
• Bethel Community Center, two porch
replacements with handrails, cement slab for access to back of gym,
sidewalk. $18,000. $2,000 match for the $20,000 project.
• Monroe County Commis-sioners/senior
center HVAC cooling tower. $24,000.
• Monroe County Park District,
playground equipment in Beallville Veterans Memorial Park, $21,000, $21,000
match for the $42,000 project.
Commissioner, on recommendation of
Denise Potts, Monroe County Transporta-tion, hired Barb L. Magyar,
Woodsfield as a van/bus driver effective April 27.
It was announced that a ribbon
cutting, open house will be held at noon on May 7 for the Broadband at
Graysville Community Center.
to Decide on Levy for Schools in Switzerland of Ohio
Monroe Central High School students
have attended classes in these mobile units since 1994. Shown is the
walk-way between the two modulars.
Photos by Arlean Selvy
Voters in the Switzerland of Ohio
School District will have their say as polls open May 5 and a decision is
made as to whether or not the school district will have new schools.
Due to the perseverance of State
Representative Jennifer Garrison, the district’s share of the cost was
reduced from 52 percent to 37 percent
The Ohio School Facilities Commission
would pay 63 percent of the total cost of the $88 million project if the
district commits to new construction by June. Previously, taxpayers would
have paid about 52 percent of the cost. The current reduced percentage
is a one-time opportunity - and a savings to taxpayers of $9.5 million.
The proposed 8.19 mill school
construction and renovation levy would cost taxpayers 8.19 cents per $100 of
assessed property tax valuation, or 35 percent of a home’s market value.
Each year that passes, the cost of
construction increases by 4-4.3 percent.
Residents age 65 and older could have
the first $25,000 of their home’s value exempted from property taxes by
seeking relief through the Homestead Exemption Act at the county auditor’s
According to Janet Hissrich, district
treasurer, the board of education now has an option to purchase the Johnny
and Thea Workman property, a 50 acre site abutting the Beallsville
corporation limit on SR556.
“I’m excited about it!” said Larry
Elliott, district superintendent. The proposed Bealls-ville location
and a site for the Powhatan Elementary were the final two to be agreed upon.
The Powhatan school would be located on SR7 south of the intersection of
Plans call for River High School to
be completely renovated. “You won’t know the school,” said the architect,
noting that among the renovations will be a new front entrance. All other
schools will be new, including a Beallsville K-12 building; a combined
Hannibal/Sardis Elementary; Monroe Central High School; Powhatan Elementary,
Skyvue Elementary and Woodsfield Elementary schools.
The oldest facility in the district
was built in the 1920s and the average age of the buildings is 50 years.
None of the schools have central air conditioning and most have water
HAZEL REED FARRIS
Hazel Reed Farris, 91, loving mother,
grandma and sister of Minerva Park and Columbus, died April 22, 2009 at
Delaware Court Nursing Home in Delaware.
DAVID W. VINSON
David W. Vinson, 50, SR 78,
Clarington, died April 23, 2009 in Cumberland Pointe Care Center. He was
born July 20, 1958 in Holden, W.Va., the son of Henry (Ira Jean) Vinson, Sr.
of Broadview Heights, and the late Virginia Collins Vinson.
PAUL WAYNE LONG
Paul Wayne Long, 72, died April 21,
2009 at his home surrounded by family and friends. He was born June 1, 1936.
EVELYN L. ELLIOTT
Evelyn Lucille Elliott, 84,
Woodsfield, died April 26, 2009, at Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation
Center. She was born Sept. 8, 1924, in Lewisville, a daughter of the late
Joseph “Babe” and Ethel Lafferre Denbow. Condolences can be expressed at
I would like to see less rhetoric
from Monroe County citizens and positive action instead. I know that
everyone has an opinion, as do I. The best I can say is something that my
mom taught me a long time ago. If you don’t have something good to say then
keep it to yourself. If people are influenced by what is submitted in this
column, then I hope they are not influenced by the negativity recently
I have become active in our community
because of the efforts Tom Scott and Deb Haney and I would never have done
that without them. Team Monroe is a viable group of citizens that is trying
to help everyone. We want to help stimulate an environment that we can keep
our current citizens employed, create new jobs for others to live and work,
improve education, while maintaining quality of life. I am proud of Monroe
County and it is a wonderful place to live. I also know that for too long I
have not taken on the responsibility of trying to improve this community. I
am not satisfied with the direction or lack of development of Monroe County
and would like to help Monroe County revitalize. That can only be done with
unification of the whole county.
I could write reams on why we are
where we are. Some say, it is by design, others say past and current public
officials are to blame. Let us all stand together and say, “I don’t care,
who is to blame.” My point being is, we must unify to make this happen.
From this day forward I pledge to
work with all of you to continue to make Monroe County strong and proud.
No amount of dissension will improve
Kiven A. Smithberger
It becomes more obvious every day
that the American people are like spoiled brats whose parents have given
them everything they wanted and when they grow up they hate their parents.
The display of signs that indicate that people hate the form of government
that made them rich in the eyes of the world just keeps increasing.
Recently went to pay my car insurance
and the agent had displayed a no guns sign in his window. That is more
detrimental to the welfare of this nation than the flying of a jetliner into
the twin towers. The latter arouses people in anger and causes them to
react. The signs eat away at our freedom like a cancer and nothing is done
to stop it. To patronize such a business is like watching the reruns of the
planes hitting the twin towers and cheering.
Our people today will stand up for
nothing. Once we were taught that if you didn’t stand for something you
would fall for anything. Today all we hear is tolerance and diversity. Two
words that have come to mean the gutless, mindless, irresponsible acceptance
of every sick perversion that comes along. When other countries do diversity
training we call it brain washing.
There are only three groups of people
that support gun control. The politicians that want to impose an oppressive
form of government on us the people that fall for the propaganda they put
out and the criminals that profit from it. These politicians and their
supporters will stop at nothing to get our guns. A recent television show
used situations set up to fail so they could film the failures. The whole
show constituted one big lie.
They never broadcast the many cases
day by day where guns save the lives of people or tell things like the fact
that a police officer arriving on the scene has no way to tell which is the
good guy and which is the bad and thus is many times more likely to take the
wrong side. They don’t tell how much violent crime drops when concealed
carry laws take effect. They don’t tell that the highest crime rates are in
the areas the most restrictive gun laws.
The only way a show like that could
be trusted to be honest is if it were done by someone like the NRA, but if
they did one then the media would not broadcast it. The enemy has controlled
the media for a long time and now they control the government as well.
Thomas Jefferson and many others in
our history and today have said that those who beat their guns into plows
will plow for those that don’t. That is the reason and the only reason the
Democrats push gun control. Except for the slavery issue this is the first
time in the history of this country that the biggest fear the people of this
country have is our own government.
Scott E. Fisher
I have a praise for everyone reading
the paper. I’ve had an injury on my leg since January. I asked the Lord if
he would heal my leg and he did. I felt so good I went to the river and
cleaned some of the driftwood up. On my way back I almost got across Rt. 7,
slipped in an uneven hole and injured it again so I had to tape it up.
My sister Helen got me a knee brace
for my birthday. She gave it to me early. I have been wearing it. At Sunday
evening service at the Sardis Methodist (I enjoy the service there) they
read the names of the service men that are overseas.
When we don’t have services at our
church at Duffy I go there. I was going to ask if we could sing “He
Touched Me and Made Me Whole.” Someone else asked for it. Here I was.
Sitting to my left was Judy and my right was Helen and Judy asked for “God
Will Take Care of You.” As we were singing I kept singing God Take Care of
Me and patting my leg. At the end of the service when we went up to sing
“Let There Be Peace On Earth” and pray for our military, I wasn’t in any
pain. I said I will let you know later after the Tylenol wears off, but I
think I can take my brace off. On our way to town I took it off and I’ve not
had to use it. Praise the Lord. God keeps his
promise. He will never leave us or forsake us. The message from Jim and the
songs and all the people there was in one accord worshipping the Lord.
The trouble with
some people in trying times is that they stop trying.
Actions speak louder than words.
“The Time is Now!” This time next
week we will know if our students will have new, up-to-date facilities in
the near future or they will continue to get along in facilities that some
consider the worst in the state. The outcome is up to the voters in the
I can’t help myself. I viewed again
the DVD developed by some Beallsville students and their principal. To sit
there and watch pictures of things many students have to put up with day
after day brings a lump to my throat. I feel for the students after having
visited schools recently constructed and think of our situation.
I can sit in our kitchen and
see probably a dozen things or more we didn’t have in our kitchen when
I was in school. Does this mean I should not want to have some of the modern
conveniences of today?
For example, take our toaster. I
recall our toaster at home. You put a slice of bread on each side of the
toaster. When one side of the bread was toasted, if you were careful you
could open the side of the toaster wide and the slice of bread would turn
over. If not you turned it over by hand, and you could toast the other
side of the bread. If not I would want to trade that for putting a couple
slices of bread in a couple of slots, press a small handle or button down
and in a few minutes, pop! You have a couple slices of toast.
We had another thing happen a year or
so back I think might illustrate a point. We had the heat exchanger in our
furnace develop a crack. We had a choice of getting a new exchanger to
replace the old or purchase a new furnace. After comparing the cost, and
what we would end up with, we decided to purchase a new furnace. Then we
started thinking; for a little more we could get whole house air
conditioning. So, for a bit more we replaced three window air conditioners
with a whole house air conditioner. Now I sit in my easy chair, turn on TV,
and am comfortable. I would want to go back to when we only had only window
fans? I might even snore in comfort.
I know there are probably plenty of
rooms in our schools that temperatures vary according to the weather. I know
a room that when the cold weather rolls in on the outside, the room
temperature drops to around 50 degrees. When the sun gets heated up, as they
promise us this weekend, the temperature in the room jumps to around 90
degrees. How’s this for a comfort zone?
My humble experience with a toaster
and our furnace is in a way an example of our school facilities. Yes, I know
many, many more dollars are involved with school facilities but we had to
decide if we wanted to spend what was necessary to make the improvements. It
turned out worthwhile.
Several years ago, persons who know
more about school facilities and building that I’ll ever know said it would
not be cost effective to recondition most of our schools. In other words, it
would be better to build new rather than bring the buildings up to date. I
Some of you may be wondering why I
have been spouting off so much in favor of the Bond Levy and the Master
Plan. Perhaps you think it’s because I’m a retired teacher. This is probably
part of it. However, my number one reason is the future of our young people
living now and future youth in our country. I know first hand we have many
outstanding students in our county. They deserve to have the opportunity to
have the best educational opportunities possible. I cannot think this is
possible with our present facilities. Don’t our students deserve the same as
many nearby schools? Believe it or not, we are known the state over for our
poor facilities. Our kids deserve better.
The state is offering us nearly a two
for one deal for our new facilities. The state just doesn’t do this out of
the goodness of its heart. A lady you helped elect did the job for us. There
is one hitch in the deal. If we fail to pass our levy, this money will go to
some other school district. Do their youth deserve it more than ours?
As I mentioned a few weeks back, we
live in America. We can still vote. I can tell you how I plan to vote. I
might even encourage you how to vote. However, when you step to the voting
booth no one can tell you or force you to vote a certain way. It is up to
you to decide how you vote.
I have voted in every election since
I returned from the service. This gives me the right to complain if I want.
No vote, no complaint.
By this time next week we will know
the results of the vote on the Bond Levy. Regardless of the outcome we will
accept the result. If it carries, many of us will be happy. If not, who
knows? Schools will be in session and life will go on in less than desirable
facilities. What is in store for us down the road? No one knows! I’ll bet it
will not be as satisfactory as the present Master Plan.
I hope you have studied the problem,
had your questions answered and you vote the way you decide. The future of
our youth depends on the outcome of the vote one way or the other.
The world is full of cactus, but we
don’t have to sit on them.
Have you ever complained because your
church had no air conditioner or the seats were too hard?
Bible readings: (Mon.) John 1:14-18;
(Tues.) Isaiah 30:15-21; (Wed.) Psalm 84:8-12; (Thurs.) Hebrews 4:14-5:10;
(Fri.) I Peter 1:10-16; (Sat.) Numbers 6:22-27; (Sun.) Ephesians 2:1-10.