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August 20, 2009

Golf Balls Bring Home to Iraq

Cullen Wallace, USMC, is shown teeing off one of the golf balls sent to U.S. soldiers in Iraq. TeamKid, a youth ministry of the Woodsfield First Baptist Church, collected and painted hundreds of golf balls with messages to soldiers serving in Iraq. To the left is a close-up of Cullen.

By Martha Ackerman
It was a Woodsfield First Baptist Church Team Kid project that brought a little bit of home to U.S. soldiers who are serving in Iraq. Along with lots of prayers, hundreds of golf balls were sent to Cullen Wallace, a Marine stationed in that far-off country. The golf balls are used as “stress relief.” The soldiers are able to tee off some of the stress that surrounds them each day as they serve in the hostile environment.

Angie Dick, the church’s children’s ministry director, heard about a project through a church member, Marty Wallace, Cullen’s father.

Team Kid is made up of about 30 children, first through sixth grades.

Through donations, hundreds of golf balls were collected and the Team Kid members painted each one with a message–Thank you for your service, Jesus loves you, various Bible verses and more.

It was a joint effort as the Women on Mission group was able to help by paying the shipping charges to mail the golf balls and tees to Cullen and his friends.

Cullen will be returning to the U.S. in September for a brief visit before he returns to duty in Iraq.

A Bit of History: Beallsville Bank Currency

Harry Briggs was hired as cashier of the First National Bank of Beallsville, which was organized in November 1903. He is shown with Mildred Resseger Crum, who served as assistant cashier until the bank closed in 1935. 

$5 First National Bank of Beallsville Currency


$10 First National Bank of Beallsville Currency 

A few weeks ago the Beacon received an e-mail from Stephen Prichard of Beallsville. The e-mail contained a picture of a $5 bill, followed by a $10 bill and the picture accompanying this article.

According to Monroe County, Ohio: A History, the First National Bank of Beallsville was organized in November 1903. The first board of directors were E.E. Miller, president; J.A. Brown, vice-president; Isaac Hartline, R.L. Bowman, W.D. Shutts, L.O. Thornberry, J.M. Jeffers, V.A. Danford and James M. Gibbins. Harry Briggs was hired as cashier and served in that capacity until government regulations and restrictions influenced liquidation in 1933. 

After the Federal Bank Holiday was declared in February 1933, Harry Briggs was appointed conservator and the bank operated on a restricted basis until it went into receivership in September 1933. The final dividend paid to depositors was made in June 1935. That plus two previous dividends equaled a return of 100 percent plus interest paid to depositors.

Other banks mentioned in the history book included the First National Bank of Lewisville, which was the first of Monroe County’s banks to feel the effects of the great depression. “The Lewisville bank held some Florida road bonds that it could not liquidate in short order and a run began with people demanding their money that the bank could not provide. The directors ordered the bank closed in December 1928. The closing created considerable concern in the village of Lewisville because it tied up money at Christmas time, but the history continues, “other areas of the county seemed unaffected and did not become overly alarmed at the bank’s failure. 

“It was not until Saturday morning Oct. 3, 1931, that the true significance of the financial crisis in Monroe County finally hit.” The Monroe Bank closed.

It is assumed from the photos that each bank had its own currency. Does anyone have any information on the currency?

Powhatan PD Snags Grant to Help Identify Crime Suspects 

A grant worth more than $20,000 will make the Powhatan Police Department only the second in Belmont County to utilize technology designed to help identify crime suspects and their vehicles.

Police Chief Chet Oldfield said his department will receive a Justice Assistance Grant through the U.S. Department of Justice in the amount of $22,604 for the purchase of Law Enforcement Activity and Data System, or LEADS, terminals to be used in department cruisers. The equipment will be used by Powhatan Point police officers to run license plate and driver’s license identification checks from inside their vehicles.

Oldfield said Post 7 of the Ohio State Highway Patrol in St. Clairsville is the only department in Belmont County with the technology. He said those without the technology must call Belmont County Central Dispatch to run such checks. For that reason, according to Oldfield, not all of the checks his officers would like to do are completed.

“There are a lot of plates we would like to run but we don’t because the 911 center is tied up with calls,” he said. “With this, we pull up behind a car, punch it in and we will be able to get the information right there in the car.”


Ormet to Run Four Potlines Through 2009

Ormet Corporation announced Monday it plans to continue to operate four potlines through the balance of 2009 as it has secured fixed price metal sales contracts for September, October and part of November of this year and continues to explore securing fixed metal price arrangements for the remaining 2009 metal volume.

Since the company made an announcement at the end of July stating they had issued warn notices to 982 employees, Ormet officials have been working hard to maintain operations and protect jobs at its Hannibal facility. The company has already acquired a majority of raw materials necessary to operate at the four-line level for the balance of the year and anticipates layoffs of no more than 100 people through the remainder of 2009.

“This has been a tough situation but we moved quickly to take advantage of the rising prices on the London Metal Exchange,” said Mike Tanchuk, Ormet’s CEO. “I appreciate the continued support from Governor Strickland, the PUCO, the USWA, our legislators, our suppliers and most of all, our employees. We look forward to finalizing the power supply contract by Labor Day.”

FASTRAC Overage Shared by Chamber, CIC, Team Monroe

Team Monroe community developer Tom Scott presented a check for $125 to Melissa Smithberger, president of the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce. The money represents an overage in donations received for the eight-week FASTRAC Training program for small business owners which concluded Aug. 13.
Photo by Martha Ackerman 

Donations were recently solicited from area businesses to subsidize registration fees for the FASTRAC training offered to area small businesses by Paul Kinghorn of the Voinovich Leadership School of Ohio University.

“Within our request was our promise that we would equally divide any monies remaining from the donations,” said Tom Scott, Team Monroe community developer. “After subsidies were provided to every small business that registered, monies were divided among Team Monroe and our partners, the Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) and the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce.

“The generosity of our area businesses and their support of area small businesses resulted in an excess amount that allowed for $125 donations to be allocated to our two partners,” continued Scott.

“We are extremely pleased to have made this training available and to have been able to do so at the reduced fee of $75 per business registration.,” said Scott. “The reduced fee was a direct result of the unselfish donations from our business community,” he added. The training program concluded its eight-week course on Aug. 13.

“Team Monroe looks forward to continuing to establish partnerships with other agencies in our ongoing efforts to improve the quality of life within business and social climates in Monroe County,” concluded Scott.

The check for the CIC was presented at their July 21 meeting.

Officials Eye Decentralized Septic System for Hamlets

by Arlean Selvy

The county budget, and discussion about decentralized sewer systems were on the Aug. 17 agenda for Monroe County Commissioners.

Dan Mount and Jeffrey Carr, project managers for ADR & Associates LTD, Newark, followed up on an Aug. 3 meeting with commissioners. At that time they reviewed drawings showing how a septic system can  be installed for a group of homes or village not having a sewer system.

The representatives suggested the county could install a decentralized system or the individual towns could do so. However, if the county should decide to tackle the project, the cost of the system would be averaged by the total number of households on the system.

Carr indicated there are a number of grants which can be sought for initial costs such as planning, engineering, construction and administration. He said there is a zero percent loan available. The loan would be used to pay the county’s match for any grants received for the proposed project. The deadline to apply for the loan is Oct. 15.

Members of Team Monroe’s infrastructure committee were invited to the meeting and offered to help in whatever way they could. Those members included Dan Greenlee, Don Pollock and Edgar McVay Community developer Tom Scott was also present.

Commissioners scheduled a meeting for Carr and Mount to speak to representatives of the various villages and townships. The session will be held Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. in the office of county commissioners, third floor of the courthouse.

Jeanette Harter, JFS director, discussed the budget with officials and requested approval of changes in the JFS personnel policy manual.

A resolution was adopted to approve the manual to reflect changes in hours, holidays and mileage reimbursement.

Following an executive session lasting 35 minutes, commissioners approved moving Child Support Enforcement Agency Attorney Bill Frank from 40-hours to 20-hours per week effective Aug. 31. In addition, Jennifer McKnight, Wingett Run, was hired as a social worker II at $13.94 per hour, effective Aug. 23.

Concerning the county budget, Harter indicated there could be a $188,000 shortfall this year. She plans to look at various ways which could reduce that rate and bring her ideas to the Aug. 24 meeting.

Commissioners agreed to take their August 24 meeting to the fair. They will hold regular session from 9 a.m. until noon at the Entertainment Tent at the fairground. The afternoon portion will be held at their third floor office in the courthouse.

Officials meet each Monday, except for holidays, beginning at 9 a.m. until the conclusion of business. To make an appointment, call 740-472-1341.

 Around the Burnside

 A good way to forget  your troubles is to help other people out of theirs. Too many people are ready to carry the stool when the piano needs moved. Just a note regarding Senior Citizens day on Aug. 26. Those of us who are 60 years of age and over will be  able to attend the fair free until 1 p.m. After that it will cost $7. Is it possible to become addicted to TV? I didn’t think too much about it when we had a smaller TV but when we bought one of those large flat screen jobs it changed things. One of the biggest changes was the room and the only spot to put the TV.

As a result one corner of the TV is six to eight inches from our thermostat.

Because of this, the heat from the corner of the TV requires us to keep the

thermostat set at 77 or 78 degrees or it is too cold in the house. When the TV

is not on, which is most of the time we are awake, we turn it to normal. Yes, we

plan to have it moved. I will admit I am addicted to “NCIS” as I can watch rerun

after rerun and never blink an eye. I can also watch three hours of “Touched by

an Angel.” I think it is probably the best TV show ever produced. “Mash” brings

back many memories even though we didn’t have “Hot Lips” in our outfit. “Hee

Haw”, “Reba”, “Andy Griffith”, the list goes on and on. The thing about watching

all the old reruns is, I am old enough I don’t remember a lot of reruns until

they are half over. Jay Leno changing to 10 p.m. has allowed me to go to bed a

little earlier, can’t stand Conan. I also watch Fox News network quite a bit.

OK, I know there are some of you have various thoughts regarding Fox. I read a

letter to the editor in the Times Leader who had little good to say about Fox. I

don’t know how he knew so much about it unless he watches it. Regardless of what

you think about Fox you would miss out on some news I pass along from time to

time. The rooster kicked out of his home is an example. They keep saying, “We

report, you decide.” You decide the following that I doubt you know or even

given it a thought. I know I didn’t. Did you know that dairy cows production of

milk will increase if they sleep on a waterbed? That’s right, a waterbed. Think

about it. Wouldn’t old bossy feel better on a waterbed than cold concrete with

sawdust or straw scattered around? A lady who lives on a dairy farm that has

been in their family four generations was telling how their herd production

increased due to the water beds. they had film showing the waterbeds. They

reminded me of a large hot water bottle. She also said they had one cow that

really got disturbed if another cow got into her stall. Could you blame her? I’m

not sure a waterbed would work if the barn area got down below freezing.

Something else she said; you can decide for yourself. She said the name you give

your cow has an effect on milk production. They need a nice soothing name. I

think Betsy was a good name. I guess that was a problem we had on our farm. I

don’t remember ever naming one of our cows. I do recall my brother calling a cow

or two not so pleasant of a name and maybe that stressed them out. There was a

story about a pet pig that was kicked out of his home but I didn’t get any of

the details. TV ads can come up with something that is not a thing you might

expect. One ad, I don’t even know what it is trying to sell, but there is a

hereford cow standing there with a milking machine hooked on her udder. I doubt

if many herefords know much about a milking machine. Their milking machine

normally has four legs. I really had a very good weekend. A family reunion on

Saturday and an American Legion cookout on Monday, plus, the Pennyroyal Reunion

is on tap this Saturday. Good food. The Pennyroyal was a big thing when I was

growing up. We kids were playing around most of the time which sometimes ended

up in a water fight. Bob Secrest was the main speaker many of the years. He

needed no PA system as you could hear him back in the woods. Actually, Bob was

the only Democrat my Dad ever admitted he voted for. Only a few of us show up

anymore. Several years ago I subscribed to “Reminisce” magazine. I stopped it as

I kind of lost interest. Some time ago a friend gave me a number of copies he

had saved. A year ago I received a subscription as a gift and it stirred up my

interest. They offered a good deal so now I’ll be getting it for the next two

years. The latest issue contained several articles regarding old cars. I’ve

developed a little test to test your memory. The answers are, I remember or I

never heard of the car. Following is the year, the car, and the price. 1927

overland Whippet, $695; 1927 Pontiac Big Six, $745; 1939 Hudson, $695; 1939 La

Salle, $1,240; 1957 The Mighty Chrysler, $2,975; and 1960 Rambler, $1,795. How

did you do? If you remembered all, you have been around for a good number of

years. I remembered all. Did you know back in the ’20s and ’30s you could order

a Do-It-Yourself house from Sears? Maybe more about this next week, if I don’t

forget. The noblest dog of all is the hotdog; it feeds the hand that bites it.

Wonder if we will still be the only county without an active FFA chapter after

school starts? Summers are a good time to attend church. It isn’t crowded.




In loving memory of Dale Cree Feb. 28, 1912 - Aug. 17, 2005 and Pearl Cree March 22, 1915 Aug. 15, 2009

Pearl E. Cree, 94, Woodsfield Nursing and Rehab Center, formerly of Jerusalem, passed away peacefully on Aug. 15, 2009 in Selby General

Hospital, Marietta. She was born March 22, 1915, near Beallsville, a daughter of the late John and Maggie Dyer Dennis. She was baptized at an early age and remained faithful until her death. She was a member of the Beallsville Church of Christ, where she attended most of her life. She loved to bake; pies and cookies were her specialty. Surviving are two sisters, Hilda Thomas of Woodsfield, Clara Heskett of Bethesda; two sisters-in-law, Eva Cree Zerger, Ethel Cree Heft; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Dale Cree, on Aug. 17, 2005; three brothers, Freddie, Ray, Johnnie Dennis; and three sisters, Laura Mae, Hazel and Mary.

Friends were received Aug. 18 at Harper Funeral Home, Beallsville, where funeral services will be held Aug. 19, with Pearl’s nephew, Brent Roth officiating.

Burial followed in Beallsville Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to www.harperfh.net. MARY

Mary Natalie Jones Coss, 76, Hannibal, died Aug. 16, 2009, in Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling. She was born Jan. 28, 1933 in Martins Ferry, a daughter of the late David K. and Leola E. Newcomb Jones. She retired from Omal Credit Union in July 1995 after 26 years of service with her last employment position as CEO. She was a member of the Ohio Valley
Chorale for several years and traveled with them to Spain and the World’s Fair in New Orleans. She was also a member of St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, New
Martinsville, where she was the organist for many years. Surviving are her loving husband, John Coss; three daughters, Laura (Alex) Dezubay of Bethlehem, Pa., Sylvia (Bruce) Brackbill of Cranberry Township, Pa., Natalie (Bryan) Fox of Mt. Clair, W.Va.; a sister, Marcia Long of Pittsburgh, Pa., and six grandchildren, Heidi and Stephanie Brackbill, Lauretta and Kathleen Dezubay, and John and Megan Fox. Friends were received Aug. 18 at Grisell Funeral Home & Crematory, New Martinsville. Funeral services will be held Aug. 19, at 10 a.m., at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, New Martinsville, with Rev. Richard Heller officiating. Burial in Holly Memorial Gardens, Colerain. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, 453 Maple Ave., New Martinsville, WV 26155 or to Wetzel County Humane Society, P.O. Box 395, New Martinsville, WV.

Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com.

Harold Louis Decker, 76, Beallsville, died Aug. 13, 2009 in Wheeling Medical Park
Hospital. He was born Sept. 23, 1932 near Beallsville, a son of the late Brady and Katie Carpenter Decker. He was a member of the Beallsville Church of Christ, a retired employee of Ormet Corporation, Hannibal, and a US Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict. Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Lavella Hartley Decker; two sons, Bob (Sheila) Decker, Brady (Tammie) Decker; two daughters, Zelda(Eddie) Boston, Katie (Mancel) McFrederick, all of Beallsville; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Jeremiah Decker, Amber McFrederick; and 10 sisters and brothers. There was no visitation. A memorial service was held Aug. 17 at Beallsville Church of Christ, with Jeff Rich officiating. Arrangements by Harper Funeral Home, Beallsville. Online condolences may be sent to www.harperfh.net