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April 22, 2010

Ohio Valley Community Credit Union celebrated Earth Day and Arbor Day recently by purchasing trees from Monroe Soil and Water. The trees were given to account holders who switched to e-statements. Trees were also donated to Barnesville Hospital, where OVCCU has an ATM machine on premise. Shown near the Barnesville Hospital’s East Wing are, from left: Lynn Atkinson, benefits coordinator; Teresa Landefeld and Cheryl Kessler, Barnesville Hospital’s Green Team Committee members; Ann Smith, Barnesville Hospital Environmental Services Supervisor; from OVCCU, Leanne Gehrig, Lori Grant, Cathy Tisher and Robyn McGuire, OVCCU Human Resources and Marketing Manager.
Photos by Martha Ackerman 

In Going Green and celebrating Earth Day and Arbor Day, Ohio Valley Community Credit Union donated trees, purchased from Monroe Soil and Water Conservation District, to Woodsfield Village’s walking trail located on Airport Road. The first phase of the walking trail, a project close to the heart of Woodsfield Village Councilwoman Carol Hehr, is complete. Hehr has been the force behind the project since its inception and credits Andy Copley, of Woodsfield Greenhouse, and Donnie Weber, of Woodsfield Street Department, and his crew with the project moving forward. Shown, from left, are, front: Carol Hehr, OVCCU Human Resources and Marketing manager Robyn McGuire,OVCCU employees Leanne Gehrig, Cathy Tisher and Lori Grant; back: Andy Copley, and representing Monroe County Chamber of Commerce are Sam Moore and Tom Scott.

Get a Tree When You
Choose “E”

Ohio Valley Community Credit Union celebrated “Going Green” with a promotion. Members were asked to switch from paper statements to e-statements and when they did, they received a free tree. 

The trees were purchased from the Monroe Soil and Water Conservation District, where employees worked with OVCCU to package each tree individually so that members could pick the tree of their choice.

OVCCU purchased additional trees to donate to various businesses as a way of supporting the environment and “Going Green.”

“We did not inherit this world from our parents,” said Greg Harper, OVCCU CEO. “We are borrowing it from our grandchildren. It’s a small way we can give back to our borrowed environment and make it a cleaner, better place to live and work.”

“Getting your statement electronically rather than by paper provides many advantages to both the credit union and the members,” said Robyn McGuire, OVCCU Human Resources and Marketing Manager. “Some of the advantages are: safety - no paper statements with account information in the mail to get lost or stolen; e-statements are received faster and safer than through the mail; saves time and reduces paper clutter; reduces the amount of private information in your mailbox that is susceptible to mischief; saves trees and ultimately saving our environment; statements are archived and easily accessed; saves on postage; and they are convenient, fast and secure.”

In honor of earth and arbor day, recipients of the donated trees were: Barnesville Hos-pital, Woodsfield’s Airport Road Walking Trail, Woods-field Kiwanis, MACO Work-shop, St. Paul’s Preschool, Woodsfield and Hannibal Elementary Kindergarten Class and River High School.


Our Readers Write

Dear Editor,

We would like to thank the Kiwanis Club and the Village of Woodsfield for the foresight to plant the flowering trees on Eastern Avenue. They are especially beautiful this time of year.

We, as residents, enjoy the trees on a daily basis; however, it is extremely important, if we want our town and county to grow and prosper, that newcomers entering Woodsfield see attractive streets and well maintained homes and yards. The trees certainly help to project this image.

Ruth and Jay Heslep

Dear Editor,

In a day and time when People magazine’s front cover is a young teenage girl who hung herself after being bullied with obscenities and physical violence at school, I’d like to share a few altruistic experiences I witnessed firsthand at Beallsville Elementary. I work with an adorably intelligent five year old boy that also happens to be diagnosed with autism. He is in the process of transitioning into kindergarten and we attend Mrs. Marcum’s kindergarten class at Beallsville one day a week.

The first event happened his first day of school in gym class. This was the first time he had been in a gym and he was unfamiliar with the game they were playing. With autism, it is very difficult to grasp concepts when there are no written or verbal directives. He was looking quite mystified and I was about to intervene when a little boy from the other kindergarten class by the name of Branson grabbed his hand. Branson said, “Hang on to me, I’ll keep you safe.” They ran back and forth several times together and he was elated being a part of the game. One little girl was about to throw the ball at him and Branson shouted, “No, don’t. He doesn’t know how to play yet. Get me instead.” The little girl immediately turned and headed a different direction. I don’t think I’ve ever observed such a remarkably intuitive and noble random act of kindness. Branson not only noticed another’s plight and was willing to assist; he took it a step further and was willing to sacrifice being “out” (apparently a very big deal in gym class). What a kind and loving heart this little good Samaritan had toward a stranger.

The second incident happened during the school talent show. The audience and the participants were from grades K-12. One girl got up to sing a solo and from the look on the girls’ face, she was obviously distressed. First there were a couple of voices joined in, then more voices, and suddenly the entire audience K-12 was standing, swaying, and singing to the song with the performer. When the song ended, the audience thunderously clapped for her. She was given the award of “Best Audience Participation.” What could have been a potentially embarrassing and awkward memory in this young girl’s life instead became a moment of intense camaraderie, bonding, and friendship with the entire school. Kudos to the students at Beallsville who by their empathy and kindness, “lifted the girl up on angels’ wings” to a performance she will never forget.

Mrs. Marcum is by far one of the best teachers I’ve ever encountered. She weaves kindness, manner, charity, and compassion seamlessly with the curriculum throughout the day, not just with words, but by her own gentleness and kindness of spirit. Before we arrived in her class, Mrs. Marcum had given thought to the perfect place to sit, the perfect locker arrangement, had his name already placed on the cubby, the locker, and the job board. Alongside everyone else’s Easter rabbit; there was a rabbit with goodies with his name printed on it. Every minuscule detail was meticulous thought out prior to his arrival for his benefit and smooth transition. It is easy to see why every student in that classroom feels “special” and “loved.”

The children in the classroom are all kind and helpful, but one little girl, Alissa Bowers, is extraordinarily special. She has had such a positive impact on his life and played a very important role in the success that he has achieved thus far just by being herself. She is the most bubbly, helpful, kind, and enthusiastic little girl I’ve ever encountered. When they attended preschool together, she taught him the art of “putting yourself out there” and just having fun. Her exuberance for life had an enormous impact during a critical learning period in his life. Alissa’s zest for life and the friendship she provides has been an invaluable teaching tool. She served flawlessly as his “peer mentor” without the training.

I have worked in some capacity within the Switzerland of Ohio Schools since 1976, and I’ve witnessed more “random acts of kindness” at Beallsville schools in a few weeks than I’ve seen in those past 34 years. Kindness does matter. In a time that it is “oh so rare” to hear about kindness, empathy, compassion, and charity, Beallsville students and staff “have it going on.” They exhibit that “humanity” is alive and well and abounds within the walls of their school.

Rhonda Koslik

Dear Editor,
I am back with more information.

Judy, I do have my facts straight and any information I report is public information and, by law, must be given when requested by any office in the courthouse. Here is our current delinquency amount from past years to first half of 2010, $619,394.01.

Yes, Judy, I feel strongly about this problem. I am still unclear on what exactly the DreTac money is being spent on. Judy stated, “DreTac money is used for purpose dealing with delinquent taxes.” How much DreTac money is in your budget and where is the money going if not towards the prosecution of the guilty?

Judy also stated “a tax payer enters a contract to stop foreclosure by giving them a set schedule with affordable monthly payments.” I would like to know how many delinquent taxpayers are on this program and how many times have they broken their contracts plus how do you specifically handle these broken contracts?

Yes Judy, you are accountable along with Mr. Riethmiller. Generally a treasurer’s duties are as follows: To serve as local tax collector, a county’s investment officer and administrator over delinquent tax collection programs. A treasurer’s job responsibilities can be found in the Ohio Revised Code.

Paying property taxes is the law just like purchasing auto insurance, wearing seat belts, no drinking and driving, following speed limits, just to mention a few. If an individual is caught breaking these laws they are fined, possibly jailed or worse. Someone explain to me how an individual who refuses to pay their property tax can go unpunished. It’s the law! Most individuals pay taxes because it is the law, they love their county and realize the county would be in jeopardy. Eight percent of property tax goes into the General Fund which pays county salaries, utility bills, insurances and running courthouse offices. Remember 80 percent of $619,394.01 would go to our schools. Our commissioners, Mr. Pyles, Mr. Price and Mr. Davis are in charge of the General Fund. Why are these men not demanding that the treasurer and prosecuting attorney perform their duties? If our prosecuting attorney won’t do his job then do not pay him. His yearly salary is $92,565 plus benefits.

Judy also stated “he has a lot on his plate.” That’s ridiculous. Mr. Riethmiller has an assistant prosecuting attorney who’s salary is $28,000 yearly and still taxes are not being collected. I don’t feel we are getting our money’s worth from this office. I still believe pay your taxes or sell your property even if force is required. Everyone knows when taxes are due. There is little room for any excuse. Mr. Riethmiller and Mrs. Gramlich will not be receiving my vote, if they run, in the next election.  Our commissioners need to perform their duties of office more seriously or find another job.

Kathy Singleton




Members of the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce welcomed Matt Longwell, owner of the Red Head Quickstop, LLC to the business community recently. An open house was held marking the grand opening of the Red Head. Shown, from left, behind the counter, business owner Matt Longwell and Red Head manager Judy Piatt; representing the Chamber: Lance LaFollette, Don Longwell, Dick Sulsberger, Helen Carpenter, Team Monroe’s Tom Scott, Sam Moore and Don Thompson.
Photo by Martha Ackerman

Chamber Welcomes Red Head 

Members of the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce welcomed Red Head Quick Stop, LLC to the business community recently.

Owner Matt Longwell hosted an open house April 9 to acquaint everyone with the new Red Head Quick Stop. 

The Red Head has been in operation for many years, but was closed until Longwell purchased the business several months ago from Phillip and Becky Sims.

“Our goal is to provide a clean, bright, friendly place to purchase your automotive and personal needs,” said Longwell. “We have a friendly staff with Judy Piatt as the manager. Other staff members include Lynda Coble, Vickie Pittman, Dave Gibson and Rusty Davis.”

Red Head Quick Stop offers gasoline, on road diesel and off road diesel at competitive prices. No fees are charged to use credit or debit cards. The business also carries snacks, chips, ice cream, tobacco products, Stokers tobacco and snuff, along with many automotive products, candy and an assortment of soft drinks.

When fishing is the destination, Red Head has bait available. You can also pick up a cooler and ice for those fishing trips.

DVD rental is also located within the business.

DiCarlo’s pizza is available, made to order. A full line of alcoholic beverages are in stock and the Ohio Lottery is up and running.

Need an early morning or whenever pick-me-up? Red Head customers can find cappuccino, hot chocolate and 8 O’Clock coffee at the Red Head. With the warm days, or anytime for that matter, Slush Puppies are available in blue raspberry, cherry, crush orange cream and strawberry cream. Yum!

Longwell and the Red Head staff invites everyone to stop by or call for your next pizza order, 740-472-9007.


Russell Pleads Not Guilty
by Taylor Abbott
Staff Writer

Charles Leroy Russell appeared before Judge Julie Selmon for his arraignment on Apr. 14. Russell was charged with 47 counts to which he pled “not guilty.”

Russell was indicted on Apr. 13. He is facing four separate charges, third and fifth degree felonies.

- First charge: 35 counts of unlawful possession of a dangerous ordnance. Fifth degree felony.
- Second charge: 8 counts of possession of criminal tools. Fifth degree felony.
- Third charge: 1 count of making a terroristic threat against a government building. Third degree felony. 
- Fourth charge: 3 counts of having weapons under disability. Third degree felony.

For each of the fifth degree felonies, Russell faces a potential 6-12 months in jail and $2500 fine for each count. The third degree felonies carry with them a potential 1-5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for each count. 

Russell’s attorney, Mark Morrison, filed a motion on Apr. 13 requesting that Russell be present at all legal proceedings and be permitted to wear “street clothes.” Riethmiller and Sheriff Chuck Black conferred with each other briefly after which Riethmiller had no objection to the motion. How-ever, Russell will remain shackled during court proceedings.  Selmon refused to make a ruling on the motion until a later date. 

Riethmiller requested that bond be set at $350,000. Morrison asked that the bond be lowered saying, “My client has appeared at previous proceedings and is not a flight risk.”

Riethmiller argued that, “Due to the number of charges, prior felony convictions, the multitude of violations, as well as the threat to the courthouse, the state requests bond be set at $350,000.”

Selmon set bond at the state’s request reminding Russell that if he should post bail, he is not allowed to consume alcohol, possess firearms or leave the state among other stipulations.

A jury trial is tentatively scheduled for mid-June. Russell continues to be held at the Noble County Jail.

Around the Burnside  

Do you realize in about 40 years from now, we’ll have thousands of old ladies running around with tatoos?

Be careful reading the fine print. There’s no way you’re going to like it.

I guess maybe the snow we’ve had this winter has done some good. I just finished mowing our lawn for the third time. My neighbors get out and mow their lawns, then I have to mow ours. Oh well, I’d rather mow grass than shovel snow.

I’ll bet a nickel you didn’t know this; chicken is the only thing we can eat before it is born or after it is dead.

Well, now that March Madness has passed I guess we can start complaining about the weather. Too hot, too cold, too dry, humidity too high and a dozen other things. It’s funny how we get a few days of good weather and then complain when we have a cold snap during the time of year it’s a tink early to have many warm days.

I watched countless basketball games on TV and boys’ tournament during March Madness. In fact, it took several nights before I quit seeing little basketballs bouncing around in my sleep.

It was really enjoyable to read about Derek Hannahs’ success on the basketball floor. We all remember his dad Mitch and the Skyvue team that did so well. This is the kind of news I enjoy reading. Then again I expect having a seven footer on your high school team does help. The refs in Illinois must call things a lot closer than in Ohio. Eighteen of 20 from the line is a bunch of foul shots. Maybe it was foul or let him make the shot.

I also hope you have read the two letters from Tim Price that have been printed in the Beacon. I know its been 65 years but his letter brought back a lot of memories. I spent the last six months of my service time in Japan hoping my ship home would be loading me on board before too much longer.

I have said before my time in the service spent in Japan was the best time of my total time in the service. I know things are different today but many of the feelings are the same. I’ll never forget how I felt when I stepped off the Red Star bus in little old Fairview, knowing I was finally back in my little old home town after more than two years of being away. Actually very little had changed in Fairview, except me. I had gotten to experience things you wouldn’t think of happening to a little old farm boy that had not been very far from home before leaving for the service. Looking back I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Shucks, I just looked through the Unclaimed Funds Accounts and I did not see my name listed. I guess you can’t get money from home without asking for it.

Is it ever hot, up to 80 all ready. It’s only 2 p.m. Someone told me it was going to be hot and dry this year. Maybe we won’t need to mow our lawn as often. They say we’re in for a thunderstorm.

I think Smart Balance is the name of the fat free milk I mentioned last week. The one that tells us all the bad fat in milk. I guess they can charge more for fat free milk than just plain old skim milk.

I just checked Unclaimed Funds for Monroe County and it comes out to a little over 152 dollars average. Worth going after?

As I mentioned recently I have a page in Facebook. I did it just for the heck of it and it is kind of interesting, even if I don’t know anything about it. For example, some how or another I have a Golden Retriever. There is kind of a problem; however. I don’t have any dog food to feed it. As I read some of the messages on my page is what we old timers call gossip. For example, “Eating Hershey candy bars causes your feet to get smaller”. I don’t believe that. I really don’t try to hunt some of the things they say are on Facebook.

You know, this time of year there just does not seem much to write about. Even with all the junk going on in the world you seem to waste your time writing about it. So I thought maybe I’d end this blurb with a story off the internet. You can get some good things there, if you try.

It seems a couple heard a knock at their door at 3 a.m. on a rainy night. The man answered the door and found a drunk standing there who said, “I need a push.” 

No way am I going to give you a push on a rainy night at 3 a.m., closed the door and went back to bed. 

When his wife learned what happened she said, “God loves a drunk; you need to give him a push.” After bickering back and forth his wife said, “Remember when we were stuck and that good man gave us a push?” 

Well, the husband climbed out of bed again, opened the door and yelled, “Do you still need a push?” 

“Yes,” was the answer. “Well, where are you?” The answer was, “I’m sitting here in your swing.”

I’ve reached the age where the happy hour is a nap.

Yes, you’re still welcome at church.



This beautiful flowering crab can be seen on State Route 145 at the Wheeler residence in Jerusalem.    Photo by M. Ackerman


Glenda “Fay” McElfresh Hendershot, 73, Belpre, died at the Cleveland Clinic on March 29, 2010. She was born Feb. 24, 1937 in Lewisville, the daughter of Gussie Hines McElfresh of Columbus and the late Floyd McElfresh.

She graduated from Stafford High School and graduated from Mt. State College. She was baptized on March 27, 1957 at Harmar Hill Church of Christ. She was a member of the Belpre Church of Christ for 49 years, taught Bible class for 30 years and had been a member of the Young at Heart and Heart to Heart Sisters. She had worked for Airolite Company in Marietta, then at Montgomery Wards in the fashion department for 15 years and was a bank teller at the Belpre Savings Bank for six years.

Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her loving husband of 51 years, John J. Hendershot; three daughters, Teresa K. (Roger) Stark of Marietta, Karen L. (Larry) Irwinsky of Oklahoma City, Okla., Marcia C. Beamer of Amelia; a sister, Lorna M. Ward of Columbus; six grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by an infant brother, Herman Allen McElfresh; and a son-in-law, Randy Beamer.

Friends were received April 1 at Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre and one hour prior to services at Belpre Church of Christ on April 2, with Ron Laughery officiating.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.LeavittFuneralHome.com

Bert Raymond Shreves, Jr., 73, Fly, died April 16, 2010 at home surrounded by his loving family after a battle with lung cancer. He was born in Sistersville, W.Va., a son of the late Bert R., Sr. and Emma Bowers Shreves.

For seven months of his life he took part in a test study for lung cancer to help future patients. He was a member of the Methodist Church and served in the U.S. Army where he spent two years in Germany. He retired with 30 years of service from Ormet Corporation and was a member of USWA Local #5724. He enjoyed working on his farm with the animals and was a huge fan of West Virginia football and basketball. He loved listening to country gospel music.

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Shirley Wagner Shreves of Fly; two daughters, Debbie (Frank) Curtiss of Hannibal, Candy (Stacey) Fisher of St. Marys, W.Va.; a son, Curtis Shreves of Fly; seven grandchildren, Jessica, Stacey, Joshua, Jamie, Brian, Julie and Jackie; eight great-grandchildren, Brett, Hunter, Andrew, Parker, Jeffery, Gunner, Lynn and Blake; two brothers, Norman Shreves of Chester, Va., Laymon Shreves of Hopewell, Va.; a half-sister, Loretta Gibson of Parkersburg, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Ralph, Bob, Jim; and a sister, Violia.

Friends were received April 18 at Grisell Funeral Home, Sardis, where funeral services were held April 19, with Rev. Frank Conley officiating. Burial was in Mehrley Cemetery, Fly.

Sympathy expressions to grisellfuneralhomes.com

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