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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

<Over $15,000 in Scholarships Awarded at Kiwanis Banquet

The 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 State University







Scholarships 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.





Scholarship 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 Banquet.
        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 Lafferre.
        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 School.
        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 institutions:
        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 Theresa Piatt.
        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 Piatt.
        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 of 30.
        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 Parks.
        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.

Woodsfield 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 4 meeting.
        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.
        Requests include:
        • 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, $1,700 in-kind.
        • 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 project.
        • Beallsville EMS, new cot, $4,600, no match.
        • Monroe County EMS, 10 AEDs, $15,000, no match.
        • Sardis VFD, HVAC for community room , $8,700.
        • Woodsfield VFD, fire fighting equipment, $11,800.
        • 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 $5,140 project.
        • 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.


<Voters 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 office.
        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 SR148.
        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 damage.


< Obituaries

        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, 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, 72, died April 21, 2009 at his home surrounded by family and friends. He was born June 1, 1936.
        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 www.bauerturner.com.

<Our Readers Write:

Dear Editor,
        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 published.
        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 our communities.
Kiven A. Smithberger
Private Citizen

Dear Editor,
        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
Lower Salem

Dear Editor,
        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.
Geraldine Petersen

<Around the Burnside       

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 school district.
        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 believed them.
        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.