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Aug. 28, 2008 Edition

< Ackerman Named Command Chief

Chief Master Sergeant Douglas A. Ackerman will become the top enlisted Airman at Pope Air Force Base on Aug. 28 when he assumes the position of Wing Command Chief.
Shown with Ackerman, left, are Col. John McDonald, 43rd Airlift Wing Commander; and Chief Master Sergeant Michael Grimm, who will assume the position of Wing
Command Chief at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey.

“Chief Master Sergeant Douglas A. Ackerman will
become the top enlisted Airman at Pope Air Force Base
on Aug. 28,” announced 43rd Airlift Wing Commander
Col. John McDonald. “I am very excited to have Chief
Ackerman as part of the Team Pope leadership team.”
        Chief Ackerman will take over as the 43rd AW Command
Chief Master Sergeant for Chief Master Sergeant
Michael Grimm who is leaving Pope to take the same
position with the 21st Expeditionary Mobility Task
Force at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey.
        Chief Ackerman is currently the Air Terminal Manager
with Pope’s 3rd Aerial Port Squadron. He has been a
member of the 43rd AW for a year and has served in the
Air Force for 20 years and was a 2003 Outstanding
Airman of the Year.
        “I am honored and very humbled to be selected as the
43rd Airlift Wing Command Chief,” said Chief Ackerman.
“For the last year I’ve had the opportunity to meet
numerous outstanding people across the wing. I look
forward to representing our fine enlisted corps and
continuing programs that Chief Grimm has worked during
his time at Pope.”
        Chief Ackerman and his wife Kristyn live in
Lillington, North Carolina, and await the birth of
their first child in January.
        Chief Ackerman is a 1988 graduate of Woodsfield High
School. He is the son of Fred and Martha Ackerman of

< ~ Monroe Soil and Water Has New Offices Located in
Monroe Bank Building ~

        Monroe Soil and Water has moved from the Courthouse
to its new offices located on the third floor of the Monroe Bank Building. An open house was held Aug. 14.
According to program manager Tammy Jones, the Soil and
Water program began in 1943 because of the dust bowl.
Monroe was the ninth district in the state of Ohio to form. The 65th annual meeting is set for Oct. 2.
Monroe Soil and Water works with landowners on conservation and education concerning conservation.
Shown, from left, are Carl Davis, district technician; Katrina Dick, summer help from the Monroe Works program; and Tammy Jones, program manager. Absent was Chad Hammond, wildlife forestry specialist.    
Photo by Martha Ackerman

< Progress Report and Fire Levy Topics at Woodsfield

by Arlean Selvy
        Work being completed by the Village of  Woodsfield in
conjunction with an ODOT paving project on Main Street
is moving along at a high rate of speed. Village
council was given a progress report Aug. 18 by village
administrator Jeff Woodell, who also reported on the
Munici-pal Cable System. As well Fire Chief Mike Young
reminded council about a Center Township fire levy
renewal to be on the November ballot.
        According to Young, a  2 mill renewal levy for the
Center Township - Woodsfield Fire Department will be
placed on the ballot. He said revenue generated by the
levy is for fire protection and apparatus.                     
According to Woodell, the state was to begin a paving
project on SR26 this week. New pavement is to be laid
from the corporation limit on the south side of town
to the corporation limit at the north side. To prepare
the base for new asphalt, the village had to replace
cold mix used last winter with hot mix. The cost was
about $3,000 to redo 14 areas.
        While handicap pads are being installed at
intersections, village street, power and water
department personnel have pitched in to lay conduit
for future improvements. According to the
administrator, department personnel are working night
shifts to complete the work as soon as possible. He
said the new street lights will be installed as soon
as they arrive.
        With regard to the Municipal Cable System, Woodell
said the village will take control on Aug. 26. “There
will be no more help from SuddenLink,” he said.
However, he noted the village will continue to receive
technical support from the company.
        The village cable system has acquired 35 new
customers since purchasing SuddenLink and added nearly
20 new customers to the internet.
 Woodell said he continues his efforts to obtain more
television channels. He indicated the job is harder
than one thinks.
        “You don’t just sprinkle a little pixie dust and get
the Big 10 [sports] Network,” he laughed. He said he
hopes to have the sports network by Aug. 30 in time
for the anticipated football games.
        In other matters, Woodell reported the village sold
water to Switzerland Water District for about three
hours recently. He said this is the first time that
has happened. He mentioned the village has in the past
purchased water from the Switzerland Water District.
        On the recommendation of Woodell, Larry Baker was
moved off probation to Step 2 pay scale retroactive to
July 22, and Steve Carpenter was hired as a laborer on
the street department under Supt. Donnie Weber. He
will serve the customary probationary period. The vote
was  5-0. Council President Vernon Henthorn was

<Incubator to Open at Midway Team Monroe Success Story

        With the official opening of an incubator at Midway
Community Center this week and plans being discussed
for a potential second incubator, Team Monroe appears
to be paving a wide path for economic development. The team, facilitated by Tom Scott, economic and workforce
developer, is committed not only to the incubator
projects, but also to education, infrastructure,
tourism, transportation and marketing.
        The official opening of the first incubator to help
birth new business is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7,
at Midway Community Center, the former Antioch school
on SR800 south of  Woodsfield. According to Dan
Greenlee, member of the incubator committee, at least
20 individuals have expressed interest in a business
start-up at the Midway site. “They’re not all from
Monroe County,” said Greenlee, noting there are people
from Pennsylvania and  West Virginia as well as
surrounding counties seeking space in an incubator.
        The incubator program is intended to help
entrepreneurs build a business to the point it becomes
viable and is able to leave the incubator to become an
active part of the business community.
        Team Monroe consists of six committees, each working
toward the same goal – the growth of Monroe County .
The team’s education committee recently created a
Memorandum of Understanding for a higher education
plan. The memorandum was ultimately signed by  Belmont
Technical College and the Monroe County Board of
Commissioners. According to Tim Houston, Belmont
Technical College and Team Monroe member, the college
will hire a consultant concerning the education plan.
Deb Haney, director, Jobs and Family Services, is
serving as a local representative for the Wired Grant,
which deals with distance learning. She is also
exploring the possibility of acquiring
teleconferencing equipment.
 Through the Farm Bureau, Dan Greenlee, of the
incubator committee, arranged for a grant writing
training class. Training started Aug. 14 and will be
completed Sept. 10. Through the sessions, the
incubator committee will pursue a grant to be used
toward incubator projects.
        Norman Maienknecht, member of the tourism committee,
plans to have a pleasure boat ready for trips up and
down the  Ohio River by the first of May 2009. He
operates Westbank Harbor and River’s Edge Activity
Center in Sardis. Maienknecht will provide cost
projections and a plan at an upcoming meeting and Team
Monroe will pursue grant dollars to subsidize the
        The transportation committee is gathering information
about airports and how they contribute to county
growth and finances.            Committee members are also
gathering information about a connecting road between
the Commerce Park and SR800. The roadway has been
tabled for a number of years and Gary Ricer, former
county commissioner, said plans should be in the
county engineer’s office.                       During the July 28
business meeting, it was on a motion by Kiven
Smithberger, realtor, that the committee adopted the
road extension project.
        (See related story on this page)
        Individuals wishing to join Team Monroe are
encouraged to do so. Meetings are held the last Monday
of each month. Beginning Sept. 1 meeting times will
revert to 6 p.m. Meetings are held at various county
        Unless circumstances necessitate a change,
sub-committee meetings are held at the Jobs and Family
Services building at the following times:
        Education: third Mon. 10 a.m.
        Incubator: third Thurs. 7 p.m.
        Marketing: second Fri. 10 a.m.
        Tourism: first Tue.  10 a.m.
        Transportation and Infrastructure committees have no
set meeting date.

< Officials Approve Placement of Civil War Memorial Plaque

by Arlean Selvy
        A decision by the War Memorial Committee to place the
Civil War Memorial in front of the courthouse was
approved Aug. 19 by Monroe County Commissioners, who
also met with county engineer Lonnie Tustin, Judge Jim
Peters, and held three executive sessions.
        Roger and Toni Elliott, Veterans Memorial Committee,
requested and received permission to erect the Civil
War plaque in front of the courthouse flagpole.
Elliott said the plaque honoring Civil War veterans is
the only one not yet erected. Other memorials are
displayed in the courthouse and at the south side of
the courthouse. The memorial brick sidewalk is also
located in front and on the south side of the
courthouse around the cannon. It is in the area of the
cannon that Toni Elliott said the next phase of
brick-laying will take place. She said there are about
30 bricks to be placed along the walkway.
Bricks continue to be on sale for the ongoing project.
Applications for bricks may be obtained from Tracey
Craig, Gary Lake and Toni Elliott.
The Elliotts are seeking new members to help with the
memorial. “I need help,” Toni Elliott told
commissioners. “I just need help.” She said anyone who
wants to be on the committee is welcome. “We need
someone to step in and help,” she noted. “We care
about the veterans and others should care too.”
        Elliott reported that Randy Gallagher of Randall
Gallagher Memorials will donate a granite base and
back and also install the Civil War memorial. No date
has been set for the work.
        Toni Elliott recognized the late Carolyn Williams for
initiating the war memorials and for her dedication to
the projects. “She was the backbone of the
organization,” said Elliott. “Not a whole lot has been
done since her passing.”
        In another matter, Elliott told commissioners the
VFW is sponsoring a brunch and yard sale to benefit
the Cancer Research Center on Sept. 6 from 11 a.m. to
3 p.m.
        County Engineer Lonnie Tustin approached officials
for permission to advertise for new facilities for his
department. Officials authorized advertising for all
phases of the project.
        County Court Judge Jim Peters submitted for review
an architect’s proposal for remodeling offices into
which he plans to move his court and associated
offices. The County Court offices and court room are
currently on the second floor and will be moved to the
first floor to  space used by county commissioners as
well as the Soil and Water Conservation District.
        Soil and Water has moved to its new location at the
Monroe Bank Building near the courthouse. County
commissioners will move to the second floor of the
        No action was taken after the executive sessions
called by county commissioners. The first session was
called by Pyles for the purpose of personnel matters
with regard to disciplinary action and lasted about
five minutes. Present at that meeting were
Commissioners, Bill Thompson, ‘Sonny’ Block and Pyles.
The second session was called at 11:56 a.m. for
personnel with regard to disciplinary action and ended
after about an hour. In that session with
commissioners were Deb Haney, director, Jobs and
Family Services; Jeanette Harter, assistant JFS
director; Tom Scott, economic/workforce developer;
Bill Long, Jobs etc; and Dean Gramlich, CIC president.
Joining the group from 1:13 p.m. until 1:50 p.m. were
CIC members Larry Ullman and Dana Indermuhle. The
session was called to discuss the sale of property.
        Haney and Scott talked to officials about goals and
achievements and reviewed the job description of the
developer. She noted the developer was hired to
promote, support and enhance the workforce and
community development through education and
        She applauded his efforts to date, noting he has
been doing just that. He initiated Team Monroe and has
developed viable finance plans. Haney explained the
many community meetings attended by Scott. She said he
equalizes his time with public and private groups and
individuals. “I applaud Tom for listening to others,”
said Haney.
        Haney indicated that one of her concerns is that
everyone understands community growth should be shared
so as not to duplicate it. She noted progress should
be recognized and “what we’ve done so far should be
        Haney said individuals who have ideas for Scott and
Team Monroe are invited to send them to Scott at the
JFS office, 118 Home Avenue in Woodsfield.
        In her efforts to keep officials updated, Haney
requested she and Scott be placed on the agenda at
regular monthly intervals. The third Tuesday of each
month at 11:30 a.m. for the JFS update.

< People Open Their Hearts

        At the Junior Fair Livestock Sale Aug. 21, Troy Kemp of Woodsfield True Value purchased a pen of rabbits
belonging to 11-year-old Rikki Decker. Rikki was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes in March and decided
to split her earnings with the Junior Diabetes Association Research Foundation. Shown, from left, are
Kemp and Rikki Decker; back: fair royalty, Princess Grace Stephen, Queen Jaymi Smith, King Flint Postle
and Prince Aaron West.    

Photo by Martha Ackerman

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer
        “There are a lot of good people out there and when
they know what other people are dealing with, they
open their hearts,” said Randy Smith, Summit Township
Trustee. He was one of the losing bidders on a pen of
rabbits at the 2008 Monroe County Fair. The rabbits
belonged to 11-year-old Rikki Decker who was diagnosed
with juvenile diabetes in March. She is a member of
County Liners 4-H Club and took the rabbit project to
this year’s fair.
        Dealing with the disease herself, this sixth grader
at Beallsville Elementary decided to donate half of
her project earnings to the Juvenile Diabetes Research
Foundation. Her parents and grandparents were very
proud of her decision and heartily agreed.
        The bidding went back and forth, mostly between Smith
and Troy Kemp of Woodsfield True Value. Kemp went away
with the rabbits with his $750 bid.
        “It’s for a good cause and this is a good thing,”
said Kemp. “I know the family and they’re good
        Rikki is the daughter of Rick and Shannon Decker of
Jerusalem. She is the granddaughter of John and Sharon
Huffman of Jerusalem, Dan Decker of Zanesville and
Melinda Fisher of Columbus.

< Obituaries

        Martha J. Kuhn, 70, 46198 SR 145, Lewisville, died
Aug. 21, 2008, at Woodsfield Nursing and
Rehabilitation Center, Woods-field. She was born July
23, 1938 in Chicago, Ill., a daughter of the late
Wayne and Laura Stansbury Cornelius.

        Foy R. Turner, 78, Krebs Hill Rd., Clarington, died
Aug. 16, 2008, at home. He was born March 8, 1930, in
Brilliant, the son of the late George, Sr. and Effie
Weil Turner. Sympathy expressions at

        Betty B. McCammon, 72, 47036 SR 800, Woodsfield, died
Aug. 14, 2008, at Wheeling Hospital. She was born Oct.
16, 1935 near Calais, a daughter of the late Jacob and
Freda Morris Ruble. Online condolences may be
expressed at www.wattersfuneralhome.com

        Roger Williams, 65, Powhatan Point, died Aug. 21,
2008, in Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling. He was
born Aug. 23, 1942 in Canton, a son of the late
Ishmael E. and Norma Jean Wilson Williams.
        Condolences may be expressed to the family at

        Mary Martha McCort Hall, 88, Malaga, died Aug. 20,
2008, at Woodsfield Nursing and Rehab Center. She was
born Feb. 26, 1920 in Lansing, a daughter of the late
George F. and Sophia Sulsberger Graham.         Online
condolences can be expressed at www.bauerturner.com

<Our Readers Write:

Dear Editor,
        In a recent jury trial in a county near me a man was
on trial for driving under the influence. Since this
involved an accident with minor injuries, the man had
been taken to the hospital. During the process, the
man was not given a Breathalizer test, he was not
given a field sobriety test and, at the hospital, he
was not given a blood alcohol test, yet he was
convicted of being drunk. In less than five minutes a
jury convicted this man to be “Legal Limit” drunk on
the opinions and hear say of certain witnesses. There
was absolutely no physical evidence even though there
was plenty of time and opportunity for such to be
        Now, I certainly do not advocate or uphold drinking
and driving and definitely would not want to see a
guilty man set free, but convictions are supposed to
be made by a “Preponderance of the Evidence.”
Evidence, not merely opinions or hearsay. Years ago
this bungle of procedure would not even have been
brought to trial and if it would have, the judge would
have thrown it out before it even came to a jury
decision, and most definitely a jury would not have
convicted without any evidence. So what’s changed?
What happened to “Innocent until proven guilty”?
        It seems in this day people are very anxious to give
away someone else’s liberty, but don’t want theirs
touched. Well it doesn’t work like that. Just
remember, “What comes around goes around” and
another’s liberty you give away today, just may  be y
ours taken tomorrow.
Sincerely, Jim Barnhart

Dear Editor,
        Are you aware a group of college students returned to
Monroe County this summer to help create theater?
These enthusiastic, experienced young actors decided
they wanted something to do in Monroe County this
summer and what they love to do is theater. In June
they came to the Monroe Arts Council board of trustee
meeting with a power point presentation to encourage a
theater production the first weekend of August. We
applauded their ideas and gave them a financial jump
start to form the MC Summer theater players. They held
auditions. No one came. They didn’t give up. They had
no director, no actors, nothing but desire. After much
deliberation, we moved to plan B, ordered three one
act plays and tried to find actors. They concentrated
on one play, held weekly rehearsals at the Hannibal
Locks and Dam and at Piatt Park. With little fanfare,
they performed in the basement of the Woodsfield First
United Metho-dist Church on Aug. 8 and 9.
        This group of students cared enough to make something
different happen for the young people of this county.
They persevered through the disappointments. Against
all odds they followed their passion and presented the
inaugural year of MC Summer Players. A standing
ovation to: Brittany McConaughy, Katrina Miller,
Catelyn Edgel, Kendra Edgel, Desi Hinkle, Tiffany
Corder, Tiffany Roberts and Crystal Roberts.
        I hope these students were not too disillusioned to
return next summer to Monroe County and try again.
Certainly MAC will try to get the word out earlier to
let everyone join arms with them to create a fun,
wholesome, theater group. Through the past several
years Monroe Arts Council has sponsored numerous
artists in residence grants in all the schools and we
have learned that students in the district have arts
talent and want to use it. A better quality of life is
what we are trying to create in Monroe County with
good Arts programs for young and old in theater,
writing, reading, music and visual arts. Many
communities in the United States  say yes to young
people by saying yes to their involvement in the arts.
Perhaps Monroe County needs to be as brave as these
college students and get involved in the arts. The
ball is rolling for Community theater, so if you would
like to help in any way for summer 20009, please
contact Susan at 472-5307.
        Applause also goes to the pastor and council members
of Woodsfield First United Methodist church for always
opening the doors to host arts events.
        Kudos to MC Summer Players.
Suzanne Pollock
Woodsfield/Monroe County Arts

<Around the Burnside

An honest witness tells the truth; a false witness
tells lies.
        Some people make cutting remarks, but words of the
wise bring healing.
        If you wait long enough, good things happens. The
remains of the old school building are gone. A large
period of time was required tearing it down piece by
piece, saving the good usable parts, and the remaining
part of the building was left piled in an ugly pile
the rest of the summer. I do not know the full story
as I understand the EPA or whatever the letters are,
stepped in for some reason or another.
        The other day, returning from dog sitting at
13-year-old dog, three dump trucks, a back hoe and a
bull dozer had just about had it cleaned up. I don’t
know who it was, where they took it, but it’s gone and
everything is smoothed down ready for grass seed.
        The County Fair is over for another year. The Gospel
sing started things off on Sunday evening. Personally
I felt this was one of the best ever. It was moved
from the grandstand to the tent behind the grandstand.
I wondered at first if this was wise; however, hearing
the choirs sing and watching how folks were enjoying
and singing along, I changed my mind.
        We really have a lot of good musical talent in Monroe
County. I think only one or two, if that, were in
favor of going back to the grandstand. It might be
well if you plan to attend next year and if you arrive
just as it starts, bring a chair.
        As I understand it, the reason for the move to the
tent was the lack of a handicap ramp into the
grandstand. Good reason. Some of us are not able to
run up and down steps as we used to do. A ramp would
be very helpful. It seems as if the show animals are
well taken care of. Maybe it’s time to build a
handicap ramp at the grandstand. I’m surprised the EPA
hasn’t done something about it before now.
        After thought. How come we can only fill a large tent
for a gospel sing but load a grandstand plus bleachers
to watch fellows and gals smash together a bunch of
old cars?
        This year was the only Jr. Fair Parade I can remember
that Betty Ward did not lead the parade. I was
disappointed and probably there was a good reason.
        As is the case sometimes the PA system was not
working as it should have been to start the parade. I
think this has been a problem several times. Maybe a
good test ahead of time might help. Even at this I
heard several folks complain they couldn't hear what
was going on. I think perhaps folks visiting in the
stands during the announcements may be part of the
        I also heard several say the flag pole was empty and
I did not see a flag leading the parade. The
Beallsville Band did a good job of getting the parade
off to a good start with our National Anthem and a
number from their half-time show. Some of their
members can really toot a horn.
        One of the problems while writing is when I think of
something to write I have to write it or forget it,
make sense or not. I’ve noticed at ball games and such
folks tend to forget placing their hand over their
heart. I normally wear a cap all the time. When I hear
our National Anthem I normally remove my cap and hold
it over my heart. I learned recently this is wrong.
You should hold your cap or hat to your shoulder. By
doing this, your hand is over your heart, as it should
        I know you’ve heard the old saying, “Laughter is the
best medicine.” How about this? A man and wife were
having a terrible time getting along. She kept
complaining her husband paid no attention to her,
never showed any affection for her or caring for her.
They decided to go to a marriage counselor. After the
counselor had talked to them for over 45 minutes,
getting nowhere, he gave the woman a big hug and
kissed her a couple of times. “There,” he asked the
husband, “Can you do this to your wife three times a
day?” “Yes,” he replied, “Every day but Friday because
that’s the day I play golf.”
        Laughter is good for your health according to an
article in the Saturday Evening Post. I read a student
in kindergarten laughs 300 times a day while an adult
laughs only 17 times. I tend to believe this. If you
do not believe this try laughing at something; I mean
a big belly laugh and see if you don’t feel better. I
don’t mean a polite smile like my college speech
teacher did. I mean an out and out good laugh.
        I just returned from a little break in order to go
out to the fair and eat a bite. There’s no lack of
junk food of about every kind. I tend to stick with
local such as the 4-H stand, Midway Community fish
sandwiches, homemade pie under the grandstand. That
about does it, except for a bloomin’ onion.
        Yesterday I didn’t have a chance to check out the
youth exhibits in the Coulson Building. I’m here to
tell you, if you didn’t walk through this building,
you missed one of the best displays of youth work I’ve
ever seen and I’ve seen plenty over the last 58 years.
I’m not talking about a few booths; all were
excellent. I would not have wanted to be a judge of
the booths. It would make you proud of the youth in
our county. I was.
        Love is a priceless commodity. It’s the only thing
you can give away and still keep.
        Relax after the fair, go to church Sunday.
        Bible readings: From Hebrews (Mon.) 6:13-20; (Tues.)
11:8-16; From Genesis (Wed.) 15:1-6; (Thurs.)
15:12-21; (Fri.) 16:1-5; (Sat.) 17:1-8; (Sun.)