The Monroe County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant
March 23 at a residence in
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
~ 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
days all you can do is smile and wait for some kind soul to come
and pull you out of the bind youâ€™ve gotten yourself into.
cannot unsay a cruel word.
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.
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?
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 donâ€™t have to determine or worry about it. I donâ€™t
remember ever seeing a depressed mouse.
Ohio State did it again. They are still in it
but it took two overtimes to pull it off. Iâ€™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 doesnâ€™t mean they donâ€™t work as hard and want to win.
Iâ€™m talking about the MACO Mavericks team.
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 Iâ€™m writing
ahead so I can enjoy the boysâ€™ tournament. Win, lose or draw
the Mavericks have a good team and we should cheer for them. Go
teams must like overtime games.
Ohio University just beat the Akron Zips in
overtime to win the MAC tournament in one overtime.
would guess by now you have gotten used to fast time. Why do
they call it Daylight Savings Time? You donâ€™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 donâ€™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 oâ€™clock comes at the same time every
morning, regardless of the light.
was confused one summer when I worked at Penneyâ€™s in
Barnesville. Remember where they had a Penneyâ€™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.
now thatâ€™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
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 weâ€™ve
had 10 days of spring havenâ€™t we?
was a good weekend for basketball.
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
went home with one win.
only disappointing thing about the weekend was the MACO team
lost their game on Sunday. They really do not need to feel bad
as Iâ€™m sure they did their best and after all they won three
games in a row and made us proud.
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.
got a new cell phone for some reason or another. I really
donâ€™t know why because I donâ€™t know any more about a cell
phone than I do a computer and that ainâ€™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 itâ€™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 itâ€™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.
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
Averill C. Allen, 90, lovingly known to all as "A.C."
journeyed home March 21, 2010. He was born June 22, 1919 in
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
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
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
Full military honors were conducted by American Legion Post 768
following the funeral service.
Online condolences may be offered at
ELIZABETH M. BROOKS
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 M. CARPENTER
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
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
Online condolences may be expressed at
CHARLES D. FURBEE
Charles D. Furbee, 81,
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
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
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,
Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com
Raymond Mitchel "Mick"
Headley, 66, Beallsville, died March 26, 2010 in Wheeling Medical
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
Memorial contributions may be made to Sunsbury Lodge #362,
Beallsville Chapter #24 OES or Beallsville VFD.
Online condolences may be expressed at
Raymond L. Carpenter, 84, Jerusalem,
died March 26, 2010 in
Barnesville Hospital. He was born Dec. 9, 1925 near
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
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
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
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. Paulâ€™s Lutheran Church. He was a 1965
graduate of Quaker
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.
Church on March 22. Burial
was in Sewickley
Memorial contributions may be made to Cochran Hose Co., St.
Paul's Lutheran Church
or Animal Friends.
FRANCIS L. KAHRIG
Francis L. Kahrig, 72, Massillon,
died March 28, 2010 at
Aultman Hospital. He was born May 11, 1937 in Lewisville,
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
Township. He was a member
of the Northwest Church of Christ in
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 â€śTex,â€ť
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
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
Cemetery in Dalton.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Judeâ€™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
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
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
Condolences may be expressed at