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April 1, 2010

Potential Catstrophe Averted   

Charles Leroy Russell

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant March 23 at a residence in Wayne Township. The warrant was based on information that a government facility was a potential target for an explosion. Officers seized numerous blasting caps, improvised explosive devices, suppressed weapons, large amount of ammunition and chemical compounds used to manufacture explosives. Documents and other literature were discovered that described the construction and ingredients necessary to create explosives. Milling equipment was seized from the residence that was used to manufacture the firearm accessories.

An additional warrant was executed on March 24 with agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Ohio Fire Marshal's Office, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification and Columbus Bomb Squad. A machine milled improvised booby trap was located outside the residence. All recovered explosive compounds were tested by agents from ATF. The remaining compounds were detonated at a facility north of Woodsfield on SR 800 due to the instability of the explosives.

Charlie Leroy Russell, 50, was arrested and charged with four counts of Unlawful Possession of Dangerous Ordnance. All are Felony 5 offenses. He is also charged with five counts of Illegal Manufacture or Process of Explosives which are Felony 2 offenses. Additional charges are pending Grand Jury review. Russell is currently held at the Noble County Jail under $300,000 bond. A preliminary hearing was set for March 30, at 10 a.m., in Monroe County Court.

It is undecided at this time if the charges will stay at the state level or be turned over to federal officials for prosecution. Sheriff Black stated that determination will be made after consultation with the Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney Lynn Riethmiller.


Our Readers Write

Dear Editor,

I would like to bring to your attention a situation here in Powhatan Point. Remember the infamous horse on the ledge last year? Well, that situation may be an “out of sight, out of mind” issue for some of the people. That story did not begin there nor did it end there. 
As for us property owners on Little Captina Road and surrounding areas it is not out of sight nor is it out of our minds. It’s a matter of when and how much damage are they going to do this time. 

Well guess what? The horses are still roaming free and they have struck again. Of course, the ground has to be very wet when they make their appearance; that is, however, when they do the most damage. 

If you would look at our property right now you would say, “Oh, that is not much damage.” but after all the years of money and hard work that we have put into it getting this far with several setbacks, like what just happened. This is the “last straw.” 

I have been told that the law cannot take them because somebody owns them and that they are in good health. They are still allowed to roam on others property looking for food and water. If that’s not neglect I don’t know what is. If the law cannot or will not do anything about this situation, who can?

Susan and Peter Ruschak
Powhatan Point

Dear Editor,

After further investigation, I am now more aware of property tax workings and want to share this information. There are roughly a half-million dollars in delinquent back taxes in Monroe County. Eighty percent of tax money goes towards our school system and the other twenty percent to other entities with some to the county. There are many property owners in our county that have not paid taxes for years, some over 10 years, with no fear of retaliation. After two years of being delinquent, names are no longer given for publication. What would happen to our county if no one paid property taxes? 

There is a shared budget between the treasurer’s office and the Prosecuting Attorney’s office. This budget is to be used for the purpose of collecting unpaid property taxes. This budget comes from paid late fees and this is called a DreTac Tax. It appears to me that this money is not being used appropriately. Judy, where is this DreTac money going? Is it being used for your office expenses or employee pay raises? Why is nothing being done when you know who is delinquent?

This problem has been occurring for too many years in our county with no accountability from the Treasurer’s office, Prosecuting Attorney’s office, or delinquent property owners. Judy and Lynn, as treasurer and prosecuting attorney, are accountable to us, the citizens of Monroe County. They are elected to office, and if they won’t perform their duties then leave the office. Property owners who are delinquent need to pay-up or sell their property. Our commissioners are in charge of the General Fund which includes the treasurer’s office and other entities in the courthouse. The commissioners need to stand-up and perform the job they were elected to do by overseeing the spending of the General Fund.

I can only ask that more citizens ask questions and expect results from all these offices.

Kathy Singleton


Dear Editor,

My name is Katelyn Cox. I am 12 years old. I am a sixth grade student at Skyvue Elementary. I am writing to you because I am very concerned about our community.

I am concerned about our community’s leadership and the direction our community is heading. It has not grown in years. The community could start by adding a movie theater. How about opening a Youth/family Community Center? This would give our families something to do locally.

I still am distraught about having very little stores for shopping. I think a mini mall and a nice hotel would make a great addition. We also need more activities for children to keep them out of trouble. All of these businesses will create jobs for the community, and this will create more money. This would help expand all of our local small towns.

I believe that our current leaders are responsible for the lack of growth in our community. We need better leaders to bring us into the 21st century. With better leaders growth is bound to happen. Our community needs to unite to help the growth. It will also take a lot of hard work and time. But when we get done we will have a community that we can all be proud of. 

The leadership we currently have has not been thinking about their youth nor its citizens’ needs and wants. Everyone needs to work together to make these changes happen. Hard work and togetherness will make this a place where we are proud to call home.

Katelyn Cox



~ Happy Easter to All ~

The daffodil is a symbol of joy and happiness. With its face shining happily in the spring sunshine, the daffodil lifts its head to the heavens as the world celebrates Easter and the Risen Christ. Here, seven-year-old Ella Dietz chooses a few of the blooms from her aunt and uncle Ashley and Mick Schumacher's beautiful garden. Ella is the daughter of Allison and John Dietz of Weirton and the granddaughter of Davey and Sandra Turner of Woodsfield.          
Photo by Martha Ackerman 

~ Kiwanis Talent Show Group 1 Winners~

Winners in the Group 1 Division of the 2010 Kiwanis Talent Show were, from left, front: Emily Brewer, Ashtin Austin; second row: Alexis Dick, Lakin Carothers, Sydney Schuerman, Mattie Vinskovich; back: Maddie Craig and James Wallace.                      
Photos by Martha Ackerman

~ Kiwanis Talent Show Group 2 Winners~

Group 2 Winners at the 2010 Kiwanis Talent Show were, from left, front: Cassandra Smith, Morgan Thompson, Amanda Bennett; back: Makenna Collins, Emily Young and Evan Eggleston.

~ Kiwanis Talent Show Group 3 Winners~

Winning top honors in Group 3 at the annual Kiwanis Talent Show were, from left: Kelsey-Rhys Caretti, Kayla Maine, Christine Howell, Leanna Price, Katie Plas, Katherine Fickell and Lauren Price. Watch for more photos of the talent show participants in next week’s Beacon.

Around the Burnside 

Some days all you can do is smile and wait for some kind soul to come and pull you out of the bind you’ve gotten yourself into.

You cannot unsay a cruel word.

Who knows what will be tried next? Many of you might not think of it. For example, you know many ideas are tried out with mice. Animal lovers do not like it but they do find out a lot.

I read where they were keeping mice in light all of the time compared to mice with the traditional day, night system. Know what they found out?

The mice in the light all the time seemed to develop symptoms of depression than did those with day, night system of light. They seemed to think this might be an effect on folks who work at night, stay up late watching TV or other things like this. I guess my question is how do you tell a mouse is depressed? Oh well, I don’t have to determine or worry about it. I don’t remember ever seeing a depressed mouse.

Well, Ohio State did it again. They are still in it but it took two overtimes to pull it off. I’ll be glad when March madness is over with.

There is a basketball team in our county we do not hear much about. The players may not have the athletic ability as some but this doesn’t mean they don’t work as hard and want to win. I’m talking about the MACO Mavericks team.

They missed out on several games this year because of the weather. They did, however, catch fire headed for their tournament. They have won three games which included a team that kind of layed it on them during the season. They go back the 14th for another game. You probably know how things turned out as I’m writing ahead so I can enjoy the boys’ tournament. Win, lose or draw the Mavericks have a good team and we should cheer for them. Go Mavericks!

Ohio teams must like overtime games. Ohio University just beat the Akron Zips in overtime to win the MAC tournament in one overtime.

I would guess by now you have gotten used to fast time. Why do they call it Daylight Savings Time? You don’t save any daylight; you just use it at a different time. Use the same time but move all the activities an hour earlier and you would have the same thing. We don’t move daylight, just our time. I guess it works OK as it seems I can move to fast time easier than slow time. After all, nine o’clock comes at the same time every morning, regardless of the light.

I was confused one summer when I worked at Penney’s in Barnesville. Remember where they had a Penney’s in Barnesville? The town was on fast time and I lived at home on slow time. In the evening I got home about thirty minutes before I left work. Some fun. On the other hand, it took me an hour and a half to get to work.

Well now that’s much better and more like it. A 29 point win for OSU. I could sit back, relax and eat Girl Scout cookies. I did get a bit worked up the first half as they only had a three point lead. I think maybe the Gophers just ran out of steam the second half.

I guess you know by now I spent most of my weekend in front of our TV watching basketball. This is March Madness and will not end until March has gone out either like a lamb. After all we’ve had 10 days of spring haven’t we?

It was a good weekend for basketball. Ohio State won three games, one on a 2.2 second shot another in two overtimes. I watched Ohio U win in overime and a couple or more close games including West Virginia plus Michigan went home with one win.

The only disappointing thing about the weekend was the MACO team lost their game on Sunday. They really do not need to feel bad as I’m sure they did their best and after all they won three games in a row and made us proud.

I like this fast time. I slept until 9:30 this morning. It is nice to wake up and not look out and see snow. Lunch time rolls around quickly when you get up at this time.

I got a new cell phone for some reason or another. I really don’t know why because I don’t know any more about a cell phone than I do a computer and that ain’t much. I had several things blocked so I would fiddle around and push something that would increase my bill, I did get on a cheaper plan because we do not use it a lot. I sometimes wonder how we got along without a telephone when growing up. Now kids think they are not dressed unless they have a phone in their pocket. We carried a pen knife in our pocket. Now it’s a lethal weapon. I wonder what would happen today if a teacher discovered a couple of students on the playground playing mumbly peg with a pen knife. I guess it’s not a problem as I doubt if any kids today know what the game is. I thought it was fun.

Easter is coming up soon. Get in church practice now.

The Lent sermons are lived -not preached. 

~ Students Unite In Support of a Critically Ill Classmate ~

Students from Monroe Central/Swiss Hills united to raise money for Erica Monroe, a critically ill classmate who passed away last Saturday. Erica, the daughter of William and Frankie Monroe of Woodsfield, was a junior enrolled in the cosmetology program at Swiss Hills. Erica fought for her life during a very difficult battle with ovarian cancer. The students raised $1,380.07 March 26. The money will help with the family's expenses. Erica's sister Jackie is in the restaurant management program at Swiss Hills. Students ask for your prayers for Erica's family.    Photo Submitted


Averill C. Allen, 90, lovingly known to all as "A.C.
" journeyed home March 21, 2010. He was born June 22, 1919 in Spencer, W.Va., a son of the late Clee and Lillie Dale Allen.

He and his wife of 50 years, Eula Smith Allen, had resided near Clarington since 1961. He worked at Ormet Corporation, Hannibal, retiring with over 30 years of service. He then spent his last years touching hearts in New Martinsville Care and Rehabilitation Center. He was a true member of the greatest generation. He served our country in WWII in the 82nd Airborne Glider Unit. He proudly fought in five major battles including The Battle of the Bulge and D-Day on Normandy Beach. Although he received several medals during the war, he was most proud of the Jubilee of Liberte Medal presented to him, commemorating his brave participation on D-Day.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of the care center, are three children, Beverly (Eric) Zimmer of Marietta, Deborah (Charles) Myers of Beallsville, Thomas Allen and his partner, Earnest of Denver; two step-children, R. Michael (Betsy) Parker of Barnesville, Sharon (Ronald) Randolph of Napersville, Ill, Averill's daughter, Lesley Ann Minsker of Portland, Oregon; 12 grandchildren, Michele Velas, Monica Becker, Nicole and Ian Randolph, Dana, Adam and Nathan Kinzy, Taylor, Morgan, Jacklyn, Tucker and Sophie Myers; nine great-grandchildren, Megan and Thaddeus Velas, Jordan Randolph, Loralai, Montana, Austen, Jack and Ruby Kinzy and Wendy Engelhardt; a brother, Ivan Allen; and three sisters, Goldie Lukawecz, Eunice Moore and Nella Gribble.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Marvin and half-sister, Geneva Gertrude Shreve. 

Friends were received March 25 at Harper Funeral Home, Beallsville, where services were held March 25. Burial was held March 26 in the Smith Family Cemetery, near Hur, W.Va. Full military honors were conducted by American Legion Post 768 following the funeral service. 

Online condolences may be offered at www.harperfh.net


Elizabeth M. Brooks, 85, Navarre, died Feb. 28, 20210, at the House of Loreto in Canton. She was born May 4, 1924 in Woodsfield, a daughter of the late Roman and Clara Burkhart Wahl.

Surviving are three sisters, Ruth Russell of Columbus, Ind., Kathleen Bruder of Allentown, Pa., and Estella Bellotte of Navarre.

Graveside service was held March 8, at St. Sylvester Catholic Cemetery, Woods-field, with Rev. Fr. David Gaydosik officiating.

Edna Mae Carpenter, 99, Emerald Pointe Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Barnesville, formerly of Summer-field, died March 24, 2010 at the center. She was born Oct. 15, 1910 near Batesville, a daughter of the late Grant and Sara Carpenter Moore.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Calais Church.

Surviving are a daughter, Lila Wise of Barnesville; two sons, Bradley (Delma) Carpenter of Quaker City, Ernie (Judy) Carpenter of Barnesville; 16 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Carpenter, Jr. on Jan. 2, 1986; a son, Harold Carpenter; foster parents, Oscar and Martha Carpenter; two brothers, Earl and Hubert Moore; three sisters, Zelma Moore, Ollie Bates, Ester Morris; two half-brothers, Roy and Austin Carpenter; and three half-sisters, Ocie Mercer, Sherlee Carpenter and Elma Carpenter.

Friends were received March 28 at Brubach-Watters Funeral Home, Summerfield, where funeral services were held March 29, with Rev. Bill Pickenpaugh officiating. Burial followed in the Calais Cemetery.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.wattersfuneralhome.com

Charles D. Furbee, 81, Fifth Ave., Sardis, formerly of Jollytown, Pa., died March 24, 2010 at home. He was born Jan. 27, 1929 in Jollytown, the son of the late Jefferson L. and Ida Lemmon Furbee.

He was a U.S. Army veteran; a retired employee from Ormet; a member of the Church of Christ, Duffy, Masonic Lodge 470 AF & AM of Cortland, N.Y., American Legion Post 120, Hundred, W.Va., Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Syracuse.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Velma C. Wilson Furbee; two daughters, Deborah (John) Dye of Washington, Pa. and Sandra (Garry) Smith of Proctorville; a sister, Deanna Rose Renner of Jollytown; four grandchildren, James (Jolena) Dye, Lisa (Dave) Goff, Jason Dye, Abbey Jo Smith; and a great-grandson, Logan Nicholas Goff.

Friends were received March 26 at Grisell Funeral Home & Crematory, New Martinsville, where funeral services were held March 27, with Evangelist Jerry Yost officiating. Burial in Greene County Memorial Park, Waynesburg, Pa.

Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com

Raymond Mitchel "Mick"
Headley, 66, Beallsville, died March 26, 2010 in Wheeling Medical Park Hospital. He was born Nov. 9, 1943 in Beallsville, a son of the late Raymond "Dutch" and Ruth Polen Headley.

He was owner of Headley Excavating and also was a retired employee of R & F Coal. He was a member of Sunsbury Lodge #362, Beallsville Chapter #24 OES, Scottish Rite Valley of Cambridge, Cambridge Commandry #47, Retired Racers of the Tri-State Area, and the Beallsville VFD. He was a retired dirt track driver and he still holds the track record at "Wheels Speedway."

Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Peggy Mayberry Headley; a son, Jay (Pam) Headley of Lebanon; daughter, Dena (Loren) Ricer of  Belmont; two sisters, Shirley (Carl) Gilbow of Tallmadge, Mary Lou Snider of Akron; four grandchildren, Adam and Andrew Headley, Raegan and Logan Ricer; several nieces, nephews, including Don (Ruth) Headley of Beallsville; also his extended family, the Datkuliaks.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Carlos Headley; a brother-in-law, David Snider; sister-in-law, Eileen Doudna.

Friends were received March 30 at Harper Funeral Home, Beallsville, where funeral services were held March 31, with Wayne Clark officiating. Burial followed in Beallsville Cemetery.

Masonic and Eastern Star services were conducted March 30 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sunsbury Lodge #362, Beallsville Chapter #24 OES or Beallsville VFD.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.harperfh.net 

Raymond L. Carpenter, 84, Jerusalem, died March 26, 2010 in Barnesville Hospital. He was born Dec. 9, 1925 near Beallsville. 

He was a retired employee of the former North American Coal Corporation #6 mine, a member of the Jerusalem United Methodist Church and a U.S. Army veteran.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Ethel Mellott Carpenter; three children, Lloyd (Wanda) Carpenter of Brunswick, Fred (Rochelle) Carpenter, Charlotte (Michael) Ferguson, both of Ashland; five step-daughters, Donna Adams, Joyce Thompson, Jean Thompson, Brenda Cook, all of Ashland, Debra (Rick) Holstein of Woodsfield; a sister, Geneva Hendershot of Beallsville; 17 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his mother and step-father, Encil and Verna Carpenter McDougal; his grandparents Jonathon and Angeline Carpenter; his first wife, Violet Phillips Carpenter; two sons, Raymond and Ralph Carpenter; a grandson, Louie Carpenter; and a sister, Helen Lumbatis.

Friends were received March 29 at Harper Funeral Home, Beallsville, where funeral services were conducted March 30, with Pastor Jean Cooper officiating. Burial followed in Beallsville Cemetery. Full military honors were conducted by American Legion Post 768.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.harperfh.net

Larry E. Freitag, 64, a life-long resident of Edgeworth, Pa., passed away on March 17 at Sewickley Valley Hospital.  He was born Jan. 25, 1946 in Sewickley, a son of the late Howard F. and Ida McCammon Freitag.

He was plant operator for Leetsdale Municipal Authority. He had also been employed by Codo Manufacturing in Shipping and Receiving Dept. He was community oriented being a member for 41 years of Cochran Hose Company, 30 years for Edgeworth Fire Dept., F & AM Doric Lodge, the Sewickley Fishing and Shooting Club and a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. He was a 1965 graduate of Quaker Valley High School.

Surviving are his wife of 17 years, Analana (Hays) Freitag; four step-children, Jon Chalmers of Alabama, Kit Mueller of Chicago; Analana H. Stanley (husband Brad and their children Strummer and Analana (Ivy) of Texas, Kennedy Ocheltree (wife Jeanie Roddy and their children), Alexander P. and Ann C. of Emsworth; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister, Lois E. Freitag.

Friends were received March 20 and 21 at Copeland's Sewickley, 702 Beaver Street. Service was held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on March 22. Burial was in Sewickley Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cochran Hose Co., St. Paul's Lutheran Church or Animal Friends.

Francis L. Kahrig, 72, Massillon, died March 28, 2010 at Aultman Hospital. He was born May 11, 1937 in Lewisville, Monroe County, a son of the late Lawrence and Ella Christman Kahrig. He attended Lewisville High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He worked at various jobs including Buckeye Feed Mill, Lehman Awning, MCA Sign Company and retired from Timken Company after 30 years of service. He then was employed by Yellow Freight until retiring in 2000. Francis also served as a volunteer fireman for Dalton and Perry Township. He was a member of the Northwest Church of Christ in Canton.

During his life, he had many interests. He owned and operated with his family the Dairy Knoll in Massillon. He also was a partner in the development and operation of Deerwood Campground and Canoe Livery in Killbuck, with a camping store located in Canton.

Francis, also known as “Tex,” enjoyed country music, fishing, camping, traveling, woodworking, gardening, playing cards and marbles, bowling, puzzles and tractor pulls. Most of all, he loved his family and enjoyed being with them.

Surviving are his wife of five years, Dorothy Wadian; a daughter, Marita (Brian) Simon of North Lawrence; a son, Chris Kahrig of Massillon; four grandsons, Garret, Austin and Jacob Simon, Corey Ady; a great-grandson, Tayden; six step-children, Terri (Dave) Taylor of Loudenville, Randy (Val) Wadian of Massillon, Rick Wadian of Massillon, Vickie (Scott) Lewis of Kingwood, Texas, Jeff Wadian of Massillon, Susan (Rob) Rieske of Toledo; 12 step-grandchildren, Dan (Elisha) Rouse, Brianna Rouse, Denver Wadian, Dustin, Megan and Sarah Lewis, Stephanie and Nathan Wadian, Seth, Kara, Luke and Ella Rieske; a step-great-grandson, Branson Rouse; seven brothers, Herman (Eileen) Kahrig of Barnesville, Lester (Eula) Kahrig of Pataskala, Virgil (Vivian) Kahrig of Orrville, Rodney (Betty) Kahrig of Woodsfield, Kenneth (Kitty) Kahrig of Jerusalem, Lloyd (Connie) Kahrig of Wooster; five sisters, Martha Uppole of Lewisville, Dortha Matz of Dalton, Vera (Bob) Crock of Massillon, Leora (Tony) Cruise of Eddyville, Ky., Doris Kahrig of Rittman; two sisters-in-law, Charlotte Horsley of Pataskala, Kathy Kahrig of Lewisville; many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary (Shanklin); a daughter-in-law, Dixie (Ady) Kahrig; six grandchildren, Alyssa, Zachary, Keyawnu, Dawson, Bryce and Mariah Ady-Kahrig; two brothers, William and Roger Kahrig; two brothers-in-law, Edward Uppole and Wilfred Matz.

Friends will be received April 1, from 5 - 8p.m. at Arnold-Lynch Funeral Home, Massillon, where funeral services will be held April 2, at 10:30 a.m. with Minister Lance Lindenberger officiating. Burial will follow in Stanwood Cemetery in Dalton.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105

Condolences may be expressed at 

Erica L. Monroe, 18, Woodsfield, formerly of Alliance, died March 27, 2010 at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus. She was born Dec. 23, 1991 in Alliance, a daughter of William Jr. and Frankie Belford Monroe of Woodsfield.

She was a student at Monroe Central High School and was a member of the Church of Christ in Woodsfield. She attended cosmetology classes and was a member of the Key Club. She enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Surviving, in addition to her parents, are two sisters, Jakki Monroe and Nichole Cameron; paternal grandmother, Marlene Monroe of Alliance; maternal grandparents, Bill and Wanda Belford of Sardis; and niece, Macenzie Grace.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, William Monroe.

Friends will be received April 1 from 5-7 p.m. at Cassaday-Turkle-Christian Funeral Home, Alliance, where services will be held April 2, at 1:30 p.m., with Pastor James White officiating. Burial will be at Alliance City Cemetery.

Condolences may be expressed at