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April 9, 2009
2009 Know Show a Success ~
Children had the opportunity to have their pictures taken with the Easter
Bunny at the Know Show, which was held at the Black Walnut Center Saturday
and Sunday. Kerri L. Farmer of K. Lynn Studio Gallery Images Photography had
her camera ready as the little ones hopped on the Easter Bunny’s lap. K Lynn
Studio was just one of 72 businesses and organizations that participated in
the Know Show. Over 2,500 people
attended this year’s event and hundreds of door prizes were given away.
Winners will be listed in the April 16 Beacon.
M. Ackerman Photo
Ohio Sign Dedication
National Bank of Woodsfield hosted a sign dedication Saturday. One of four
signs designating Woodsfield as the “Home of Miss Ohio 2008 Karissa Martin”
was unveiled. Shown, from left, are: Ron and Sheila Martin, Karissa’s
parents; Karissa Martin, Miss Ohio 2008; Becky and Carey Bott, representing
Citizens National Bank; and Jeff Woodell, Woodsfield Village Administrator,
who unveiled the sign.
Photo by Martha Ackerman
by Martha Ackerman
“Karissa, in my opinion, what you
have accomplished is the single greatest achievement in Woodsfield history –
Miss Ohio,” said Woodsfield Administrator Jeff Woodell. “We’re the seventh
largest state in the U.S. and have 11 million people. For a girl from
Woodsfield to represent Ohio in the Miss America contest is amazing!”
The occasion was the dedication
of four signs recognizing Woodsfield as “Home of Miss Ohio 2008 Karissa
Martin.” The event, hosted by Citizens National Bank, was held April 4 at
the Brown Community Center. Carey Bott, CEO, Citizens National Bank, and his
wife Becky introduced Karissa.
A junior at West Liberty State
College, Karissa is pursuing an interdisciplinary degree in music and
theater communications. At West Liberty, Karissa is an Elbin Scholar, honors
student, treasurer of Nu Theta Chapter of Chi Omega, and was recently
accepted into the Alpha Chi National College Honor Scholarship Society.
“Karissa’s platform is Skin Cancer
Prevention for a Second Generation. It is not just a platform, it is a
mission. At age 14, Karissa discovered abnormal skin cells resulting from
sunburn. Her efforts are focused on providing education targeting the youth
... Her goal is to bring about a greater understanding of the dangers of
skin cancer and methods of preventing this deadly form of cancer,” said
“We were proud, eager and delighted
to help sponsor these signs,” said Karen Binford, president of the
Woodsfield Kiwanis Club. “Karissa cut her teeth performing in Kiwanis Talent
Shows, participating for 11 years and won every year. It has been a delight
for Kiwanis to watch her grow up. You hold a special place in our hearts.”
The signs, designed and constructed
by Andrew Ring, were purchased by the generosity of Woodsfield Kiwanis, the
employees of Citizens Nation-al Bank, Paul Conner in memory of the late
Barbara Conner, William E. Moore, Carl and Lynn Rousenberg, Carey and Becky
Bott. The signs will be installed by Village of Woodsfield employees.
Those attending the event were
treated to a performance by Miss Ohio. Karissa lent her beautiful voice to a
selection of pieces from Broadway shows including Cats, My Fair Lady and
Flower Drum Song. “She’s a Butterfly” was dedicated to Aiden Russell, who is
a former Monroe County Relay For Life mascot.
After the performance, Carey Bott
remarked, “I have attended a lot of concerts and paid a lot to see them and
I tell you I got a deal today!”
School Levy Committee Accepts Donation ~
Richele Brown, treasurer for “The time is NOW!” committee, accepts a check
in the amount of $1,000 from OAPSE members Liz Gramlich, OAPSE/AFFCME State
PEOPLE Committee and Jason Clutter, president, OAPSE LU41. The committee is
holding meetings weekly at schools throughout the county. A meeting is set
for Hannibal Elementary at 6 p.m. April 9; at Woodsfield Elementary, 6 p.m.
on April 13 and at Powhatan Elementary, 6 p.m. on April 14.
Brigade Completes Training
Two teams from the American Energy Corporation’s
Century Mine fire brigade recently completed advanced training in mine fire
The intensive training, which
included live-fire exercises, is only considered suitable for fire brigades
that already have substantial expertise and skill.
Century Mine Fire Brigade Teams Complete Advanced Training in Mine Fire
Century Mine fire brigade members Mike Compher, John Frye, Don Little, Mike
Newsom, Mike Planey, Rick Wilson and Bill Cutlip participated in the
rigorous two-day training at the National Mine Health and Safety Academy in
Beckley, W. Va., March 5 and 6. Fire brigade members Tim Mann, Brandon Muncy,
Cameron Nichols, Jim Sebroski, Mark Shaffer, Larry Tingler and Rick Turner
completed the same training March 19 and 20.
Mine fire brigades are all volunteer,
specially trained teams of miners who function as first responders onsite in
the event of a mine fire, a rare occurrence but one of the most dangerous
hazards at a mine. Murray Energy Corporation, parent company of the
Beallsville-based American Energy Corporation, has fire brigades at all of
“We take the safety of our miners
very seriously and our fire brigades are a vital part of our safety
systems,” said Rob Murray, vice-president of business development and
external affairs at Murray Energy Corporation. “We believe our fire brigades
are among the best anywhere and we are very proud of the Century Mine fire
brigade and their ability to excel at this level.”
Authority to Land Early Answer for EMA
Following discussion at the April 6
meeting of Monroe County Commissioners, Gary Cook, president of the airport
board, said an answer regarding the proposed move of the Emergency
Management Agency to an empty house at the airport would be forthcoming soon
after the board meets. He indicated a special meeting may be held.
Rick Schuerman, EMA coordinator, said
he wants to make the house livable before he moves anything. “I’d like to
clean it, paint it, do whatever is necessary for our operation and, in turn,
renovate the exterior as time warrants, later in the summer,” he said. “I
think it’s a win - win situation,” said Schuerman. “There’s a sense of
security, there’s someone on the property, plus we'd be renovating the
property which would enhance its value.”
Cook appeared receptive to the idea
and no objections were heard from the two other airport board members
attending, Charlie Brooks and Raymond Petty. Also at the meeting were Phil
Keevert, EMA, and Wayne Forshey, airport support.
to Serve as Interim Director of Support Services
Monroe County Public Transit has been
awarded three chunks of money through Ohio’s Statewide Transportation
Improvement Program (STIP).
According to Governor Ted Strickland,
the transportation projects were selected to receive funding from Ohio’s
2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.
STIP will fund three ADA accessible
full-size Public Transit vans, $126,000; one light Public Transit vehicle,
$60,000; and Public Transit maintenance at $13,000.
The Village of Powhatan Point will
receive $122,000 to replace a traffic signal at the intersection of SR-7 and
In Guernsey County, STIP will provide
$1,604,000 for resurfacing a portion of I-77.
The City of Marietta will receive
$1,200,000 to resurface 7.6 miles on 54 streets. In Washington County,
$85,662 in STIP funding will be used for the SR-9 Washington Forest
Mystery Customer, Mystery Money
It’s a scam!
If you are one of those who reads
only the first paragraph or two of an article ... please don’t stop here.
Letters accompanied with a cashier’s
check have been mailed to a number of area residents. “Kris” received a
check in the amount of $4,984 and was given a list of places where the money
is supposed to be spent and the amount of the purchase.
For instance, she is told to spend
$50 at Wal-Mart, $40 at Target or Gap and $1,671 at Travelex Worldwide
Services plus $50 for service rate, $2,873 at Moneygram International and
$50 for Moneygram service charge.
“Kris” is told that all she has to do
is “... pose as a potential customer and evaluate the effectiveness;
efficiency and customer service of the particular establishment ...”
Consumer Service Opinion, Inc., the
business in question, even sent her a “Customer Service Evaluation Tool” - a
form on which she would evaluate her sales person from poor to above average
The form is stamped with 11 logos
including JCPenney, MoneyGram, Wal-Mart, GAP Payless, Best Buy, Old Navy,
Travelex, FedEx Target and Burger King.
According to information on the
Snopes website, this is one of many scams used to dupe unsuspecting
So, if you’ve received a cashier’s
check and an opportunity to go “shopping and have fun!!!” the best thing to
do is rip it up and feel good that you were not one of the multitudes who
The wise old saying is true, “If it
sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”
WESLEY C. McDOUGAL
Wesley C. McDougal, 97, Woodsfield,
formerly of Fish Pot Rd., Clarington, died April 1, 2009, at Monroe County
Health Care Center, Woods-field. He was born Dec. 8, 1911 in Clarington, the
son of the late John K. and Rebecca J. Haslam McDougal.
Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com
Freeda Lucas, 95, Barnes-ville Health
Care Center, formerly of Beallsville, died april 4, 2009, at the Center. She
was born Oct. 14, 1913 in Illinois, a daughter of the late Ray and Elizabeth
Online condolences may be offered at
ROBERT “BOB” WAIN
Robert “Bob” Wain, 88, Woodsfield Nursing and Rehab Center, formerly of
Beallsville, died April 5, 2009, at the Center. He was born April 14, 1920
in East Liverpool, a son of the late Percy and Bessie Mellott Wain.
Online condolences may be offered at www.harperfh.net
EULA KATHRYN STRAUB
Eula Kathryn Straub, 83, went to be with the Lord April 2, 2009, at
Doylestown Health Care Center, following a short illness. She was born May
2, 1925, a daughter of George and Clara Kernen.
I have been reading local articles
about the impending school bond issue, which I understand is to be on your
ballot in May. Over the past few years, I’ve watched squabbling over the
location of new schools and issues that appear to have little to do with
quality education and have seen several improvement initiatives rejected.
I graduated from WHS in 1961, at that
time we were in the top percentage of the state for quality education and
had labs, libraries, on-site sports, music capability and a safe,
well-maintained school. Around the county, other schools had similar
resources, but this is no longer the case. I don’t understand the
territorial squabbling that’s been occurring among what appears to be three
distinct areas, i.e., Beallsville, River and Woodsfield. The day of small
rural schools has passed, and a quality education in a new or renovated
school should be the paramount consideration of all voters.
One thing that brought the aluminum
plants in the 1950s into the county was a good school system. If there are
not good schools in Monroe County, there will never be any chance of
attracting new industry and new growth. This ballot issue appears to meet
the concerns of everyone and with passage there will be modern and
well-equipped schools for the young people and a safe and secure learning
I will be moving back to Woodsfield
later this year and can do this because I am retired so I will be helping to
pay for this improvement. The reduction of the district’s share from 52
percent to 37 percent is a remarkable opportunity for the county. Yes, it
will slightly increase taxes, but look at the investment in young people and
what this could mean for the future of the entire county. The local children
and grandchildren of family and friends deserve a good education, and the
dedicated teachers deserve a modern, state-of-the-art facility so I would
hope county residents will support the new schools and the bond issue needed
to obtain them.
Long time county friends have said to
me, “It would be nice if my children could find a good job locally. They
would like to return after college and raise their families here, but they
cannot because of the sagging local economy and lack of jobs.” It would be
great to see a resurgence of local business. I know some of you remember
when the county was a thriving place to live and work, and I think it could
happen again. Vote yes for this school improvement issue and enhance
opportunities for tomorrow’s leaders.
John D. Ogden
One thing we have left in America is the right to choose.
As I see it, voters in the
Switzerland of Ohio School District have perhaps the most important vote
coming up in May. It is probably the most important vote ever for the future
development of our school system, the future of our youth and the entire
If you haven’t guessed what I’m
talking about, it is the master plan for improving our school facilities
within our school district. Included are six new buildings and renovating
Yes, I know it will cost money. The
state has offered to pay 63 percent of the cost if the district will provide
37 percent. If you are like me, when they start talking in millions it is
out of my territory. On the other hand, when I took my tax statement and
figured what it will cost me, it’s a different story and not as bad as it
You know from my past writing how I
plan to vote. I’m not going to try to tell you how to vote. It’s your
choice. What I am asking you to do is learn all you can about the Master
Plan and the need for the improved facilities and vote. It is important you
I would suggest you get your
information “straight from the horse’s mouth.” I have read some mis-information
already, don’t be led astray.
The central office has a list that
answers 26 questions regarding the Bond Issue. I’m sure you could get a copy
for the asking and there is also a “The time is Now” folder available at
several businesses. They both tell the true story.
I know it’s difficult for many voters
to visit our schools to see the need for improved facilities in our
district. Last evening I watched a DVD, I understand made by students in
Beallsville, showing why the need for new facilities. At the end of the DVD
iarea few scenes from nearby districts that have new facilities. Doesn’t
make you very proud of our facilities. I think every voter should see it.
The most important thing is you learn the straight facts and vote the
way you decide.
Through the many years of writing
“Around the Burnside” I tend to write what I think, not expecting everyone
to agree, as it should be. Many of you have mentioned to me how you enjoy
reading about some of the things that happened and how we lived in the “good
ole days.” I don’t know about you, but as good as it was I wouldn't want to
go back and live like that.
I was fortunate I attended a two-room
school, which meant four grades in each room. This meant twice the class
time than a one-room school. We had books, yellow tablets and penny pencils.
Later on we got to use a pen. This was it. A long cloak room down on side of
the room, no running water, outside restrooms, a coal fired stove. Who would
want to go back? On the other hand, considering what was needed we received
a decent education.
It doesn’t seem possible, but this
fall it will be 40 years since our family moved to Monroe County. We’ve had
two sons, a daughter, two grandsons, and two granddaughters who graduated
from Switzerland of Ohio Schools. Presently we have two great-granddaughters
attending grade school and a great-grandson, Cooper, who will need to wait a
couple or three years to start school. It’s easy to understand why I am
interested in the schools. I almost forgot; we have a
step-great-granddaughter attending our school.
I started teaching Vo Ag at Skyvue.
My income the first year, according to my income tax return, was $10,909.02
which included 60 days extended service to work with students during the
summer. I will say my time teaching at Skyvue was one of the most enjoyable
times I’ve taught.
Over the years the facilities in the
district are about the same as they were 40 years ago. OK, we closed several
of the smaller schools. I remember several folks really stomping because
they were losing “their” school. What happened? Look around.
Folks in the communities took over
the buildings and now have a community center available for use. Actually
all are in better shape than when classes was held in them.
During the middle ’70s the voters
approved the building of Swiss Hills Vocational School. This was a big
improvement to our school district. Many students were able to learn a trade
and many attended further training. Many would not have accomplished what
they have without our own vocational school. Probably the reason we built
our own was the cost of having students travel to vocational schools in
another county. You will remember, the state said you must provide
vocational education for your students.
Later, Woodsfield and Skyvue were
combined. A bit of remodeling at Swiss Hills and the construction of
temporary buildings, later called trailers, next to Swiss Hills and called
Monroe Central. I kind of wondered when they were being constructed why
would they need to put 12 inch blocks under a temporary building.
That’s about it, a temporary building
here and there. Our facilities are such, that in the opinion of many, is the
poorest in the state. Vinton County once had this distinction but they built
a new school.
To me the whole thing boils down to
A number of meetings were held to
determine needs and plans. All were invited to express any thoughts they
might have. From these meetings a Master Plan was developed. Our State
Representa-tive, Jennifer Garrison, was able to get legislation passed to
reduce our share from 52 percent to 37 percent. This is a one time thing.
The plan seems to include about everything each area wanted.
In my opinion, agree or not, it boils
down to one thing, what do we want for the future of our youth in the
county? I know what I would like for our great-grandkids.
Study the plan and vote.
Remember: Giving your best today is a
good recipe for a much finer world tomorrow.