Woodsfield Emergency Squad has a new home in the same
location. A four-bay, 36x92 foot building replaces the
30-year-old structure which was razed Aug. 21.
EMS Building Razed
of housing the Woodsfield Emergency Squad, the building was
razed last week. The old 32x76 foot building was constructed
in 1979 for approximately $12,000.
According to Dave Kuhn, president of Woodsfield E-Squad and county EMS
coordinator, the new four-bay, 36x92 foot building cost
approximately $230,000. Final building inspection is set for
this week and the squad will be moving in after the Monroe
County Fair. It’s the same location, but the new building
sits back from
a little farther than the previous building.
$70,000 loan from Woodsfield Savings Bank and building fund
money, raised from squad runs, financed the construction.
“No grant monies were involved,” said Kuhn.
building has a lounge, two offices, a kitchenette, two
restrooms and a meeting room.
Woodsfield utilities have been working at the location.
“We’ve had excellent cooperation from the
Village of Woodsfield,” said Kuhn. “When we call,
they are here the same day.”
Contractors for the construction of the new building
included from Woodsfield: Schumacher Construction, Yoho
Construction, Winkler Drywall, Fetzer’s Carpet, Woodsfield
True Value, Christman Supply; Stalder Concrete, Yontz
Excavating; Barnesville: Wilcox; Sardis: Dennis Miller,
Benchmark, Swiss Valley Associates; New Martinsville, W.
Va.: Bee Electric; Rittman: Hilty Repair; Marietta: Metal
house has been set for Oct. 17. Watch the Beacon for more
Local Women’s Shop Closes
Economy Store Will Be Closing Soon
The Economy Store, located on
South Main Street in Woodsfield,
will be closing its doors soon. The store was originally a
paint and wallpaper store, which expanded into women’s
Local resident Sharon Kress shops the going out of business
sale at the Economy Store, located on
in Woodsfield. The store has been in owner Frank
Smithberger’s family for over 60 years.
by Martha Ackerman
Martha Ackerman Staff Writer
been a hard decision to make,” said Frank Smithberger.
Economy Store, which has been in Smithberger’s family for
over 60 years, is closing soon.
Economy Store is the last remaining store of its kind in
Woodsfield. Gone are the days when the village had the
women’s clothing stores like the Rosemart, owned by Rose
McDermott and Martha Graham;
Virginia’s Dress Shop, owned by
Virginia Paulus; and the Economy Store.
a lot of good memories and I was able to make a living with
the store. I’ll miss the people. They aren’t just customers;
they are all good friends.”
years, the Economy Store has been an integral part of the
community. The Economy Store club program had approximately
200 members, who paid $2 a week for 25 weeks. It worked out
as a savings plan with a chance to win a bonus amount. “I
always participated in Frank’s clubs,” said Karolyn Sapp,
former Chamber of Commerce secretary. “When I was working
and needed something nice, I just stopped down and found an
outfit. I liked the Tribal brand. It was a good way to have
God-send Frank Smithberger and his employees at the Economy
Store have been to Warm the Children,” said Pandora Neuhart,
program coordinator and Monroe County Auditor. “If it were
not for the Economy Store, the ... see the
Monroe County Beacon for the rest of the story
Fair Queen & Princess ~
County Junior Fair Queen and Princess were crowned after the
parade Aug. 24. Chosen to reign over the week’s festivities
were, from left, Queen Cassie Amos, daughter of Frank and
Jessica Amos of New Matamoras, and Princess Rikki Decker,
daughter of Shannon and Rick Decker of
Photo by Martha Ackerman
Team Goes from Bottom to
the Trailblazers Relay For Life team went from the team raising
the least amount of money with $1,500 in 2008 to first place in
2009, raising $10,000. Earning the Platinum Award this year were
team members, from left: Julie Jones, Sharon Kress, Anita
Howell, Jennifer Landefeld, April Parden, Todd, Karen and Tanner
Potts, and Shirley Brown. They are shown with Budrow the
Penguin, which helped them achieve the platinum status.
Photo by Martha Ackerman
Trailblazers Relay for Life team has been busy the past year.
Their efforts paid off at the 2009 Monroe County Relay For Life
event held at River
High School July 31 and Aug. 1.
members, Jamie, Anita and Isaac Howell, Clem and Sharon Kress,
Jennifer Landefeld, April Parden, Greg and Shirley Brown, Ted
and Evelyn Potts, Julie Jones, Todd, Karen, Zac and Tanner Potts
and Pam and Bill Shockley, earned platinum status. The team
sponsored fundraisers throughout the year to raise over $10,000.
They went from being the last place team, raising $1,500 in
2008, to the first place team in 2009.
team captain Anita Howell, fundraisers were held throughout the
year. With a goal to make platinum again next year, a car show
is planned for Oct. 10 at Rubel’s Park. There will be a fall
craft show held in conjunction with the car show.
car show, “Blazin’ the Trail For a Cure,” brought 30 car
registrations to Rubel’s Park. There was a food stand, 50/50
drawing, drawings, trophies, t-shirts, oldies music, door prizes
and a silent auction.
sold for a month-long drawing with winners awarded gift cards.
The Fall Harvest of Music was held at
High School in October.
Dinner and show or just show tickets could be purchased. Cross
Roads band entertained the crowd.
two craft shows hosted by the team, one in November, the other
sold wooden roses and hosted a basket bingo at St. Sylvester
School. Approximately 70 tickets were sold and there was a food
stand, country store, raffle and Special Horizon of Hope items
A sub lunch
of PJ’s pizza subs were sold and, of course, the team sold many
luminaries in honor or in memory of loved ones.
Penguin, dressed in his Mardi Gras gear, made his way around
Woodsfield to put the team in platinum contention. When
residents found Budrow on their doorsteps, they made a donation
to have the penguin removed from their yard or to have it
removed from their yard and placed in someone else’s yard. “Budrow
created a lot of talk around the town and everyone had fun with
him,” said the team captain. “Keep an eye out for next year’s
mascot dressed in Relay gear.”
Property Purchase Approved For Powhatan Elementary
taken at the Aug. 20 meeting of the Switzerland of Ohio School
Board to approve the purchase of property in the Powhatan Point
area and for timber removal at Beallsville’s new school site.
was received from Maria Reynolds, real estate agent, Sulek &
Dutton, St. Clairsville, that a farm on
Mt. Victory Rd., Steinersville has
been selected as the site for Powhatan Elementary. She said the
farm is “a shade over 50 acres.” Larry Elliott, district
superintendent, said the land is being purchased from Robert L.
‘Bo’ Putsock for $185,000.
“We did an
exhaustive search,” said Elliott. “This property meets all our
needs and is within our budget.” Noting the property is fairly
flat, Elliott said 19 to 20 acres of the property is very flat.
“The architect is pleased,” he added.
Elliott said work could start on the Powhatan project within a
month, he said it’s up to the construction manager whether the
Powhatan school or the Sardis/Hannibal building will start
Elliott, core drilling was expected to be done this week at the
Powhatan site. Drillings have been completed for the Monroe ... see the Monroe County Beacon,
August 27 edition, for the rest of the article
step in reducing is away from the refrigerator.
best today is a good recipe for a much finer world tomorrow.
Here it is
Thursday already; how fast time flies when you're doing nothing.
I’ve become an expert at doing nothing, although the calendar
does not seem to have many blank spaces come the end of the
week. When the Joe Pie weed blooms it’s about time for school to
start again and our County Fair is half over already. Where did
the summer go? I wish the winter would move on as fast. Why
complain? If we were in charge we’d probably make a mess of it. Washington might be a good example.
last week in the ’20s and ’30s Sears had a do-it-yourself house
catalog. Yes, you could buy a house and do-it-yourself. You had
the choice of a fancy house or one not so fancy. You received a
shipment of approximately 35,000 pieces, all numbered, and a 75
page instruction book to tell you how to put it together.
Wouldn’t that be a lot of fun? I guess some of the houses are
still in use today.
some of them included the block needed. If not, you could buy a
mold and make your own block. Sounds like more fun.
I hope those
of you who complained we haven’t had enough hot weather this
year are satisfied. Our air conditioner yelled for help couple
when we kept our hall door propped open and the large door in
the back of our shop open. This tended to suck some of the cool
air down our way. I guess this problem will be taken care of in
our new schools. We had to keep an eye on some students who
wanted to stand in the hall doorway all the time.
ever skipped a rock on water? I don’t know why but kids seem to
like to throw something. I remember once I threw a walnut at one
of our cows. Hit her square in the eye, of all places. Dad
wondered what made her eye water like it did. I told him she
must have gotten some weed seed in her eye. She didn't lose her
remember sneaking a golf ball of my brother’s out to the
backyard. I got to wondering what would happen if I hit it with
a club. I had a club about the size of a ball bat. I tossed up
the golf ball and took a mighty swing. Would you believe; I hit
it square on. The ball went into the air and took off out of
sight behind some trees. Scared the heck out of me. I had no
idea it would fly that far. I never did find that golf ball.
I watch the
Andy Griffith show quite a lot. I guess seeing Opie picking up a
stone a couple of times reminded me how I liked to throw rocks
and other things.
I used to
tell the kids I hunted rabbits when I was a kid by throwing
rocks at the rabbit. I also said I had to throw left handed
because I tore them up too much if threw right handed.
skipping a rock on water. I don’t know why I wanted to do this.
My problem was we didn't live close enough to water to skip a
stream that went through our place didn’t have enough water to
skip a rock although I tried often enough. You might get one
skip and maybe two if you were lucky. When I went to the lake to
go fishing with my brother-in-law, I couldn't throw stones
because it would scare the fish away. I couldn’t really
understand why because we never caught many fish, most of the
time none. He was the most patient person when in a boat,
fishing and catching no fish. I just enjoyed being out in the
boat even if I couldn’t throw stones. Now I would not even try.
I leave the stone bouncing to the kids. My throwing anymore is
what they call off speed.
about a lot of ATV accidents throughout the year. I can
understand why. The other day I was driving down the road when
ahead of me a young man on an ATV pulled out of a road, never
stopped, turned in the opposite direction and came toward me
with the front wheels in the air. I don’t know if he was trying
to impress me or what. He was out of luck; I don’t impress that
easy. I even observed a young man going out a field with two
side wheels in the air. I wasn’t impressed. My old mule tom
couldn’t do all these things when I was young so I missed out.
Even if I fell off we were not going very fast although hitting
him across the ears with my cap acted a little like a gas feed.
you think if you walked by or sat in your easy chair and it
started talking to you? You might say, “Shut up! or “Take off”
or think someone is playing a joke on you. Yet, every so often
on TV an ad will have a chair or some piece of furniture talk to
someone. I don’t know how the intelligent ad writers come up
with such an impressive ad. I guess I missed something along the
line. I think I would be impressed more by seeing someone
sleeping in a big easy chair. Of course, I’m not overly
impressed by any ad on TV except it does offer a bit of time to
attend to other things like getting something from the fridge or
going you know where. I do miss my favorite where the little dog
sings “There may be fleas on some of you guys but there ain’t no
fleas on me” or something like that. Makes me want to run out
and buy some flea powder, if I owned a dog.
happened to our FFA Chapter? Gone but not forgotten. Has it gone
where the good clunkers have gone?
If at first
you don’t succeed, read the instructions.
season is starting at Church; better hurry.
BEVERLY J. ROBERTS
Beverly J. Roberts,
Louisville, died Aug. 19, 2009.
She was born in
retired from Timken Company in 1995 after 26 years of
service. She attended Canton Temple of Praise, enjoyed
ceramics, shopping, spending winters in Florida with her husband,
Gary, and especially enjoyed spending time with her
Surviving are her loving husband of 22 years, Gary
Roberts; daughter, Karlene (Darrel) Dolhun of East
Liverpool; mother, Eleanor Conner; step-son, Gary
(Brenda) Roberts of Massillon; two step-daughters, Pam
(Vinnie) Caruso of Buffalo, N.Y., Kim (Gary) Pacer of
Buffalo; 10 grandchildren, David and Samantha Roberts,
Toni and Vincent Caruso, Tyler, Alex, Emily and Bradley
Pacer, and Mackenzie and Tannar Dolhun; a brother, Joe
(Kathy) Conner of Mineral City; a sister, Patty King
(Chuck Block) of North Can-ton; and beloved dog, Max.
was preceded in death by her father, Edward Conner.
Friends were received Aug. 21 at Reed Funeral Home
Canton Chapel and one hour prior to services on Aug. 22,
at Canton Temple of Praise, with Pastor Tony Cooper
officiating. Burial followed in
Memorial contributions may be made to Aultman Hospice, 2821 Woodlawn Ave., NW., Canton, OH
Condolences may be expressed at www.reedfuneralhome.com.
JAMES A. THOMPSON
James A. Thompson, 59, Windham Twp., died Aug. 5, 2009,
at his residence. He was born March 22, 1950 in
Warren, to the late Arnell and
Annebelle Havens Thompson.
was a carpenter/truck driver for Tim Yoder Construc-tion
in Middlefield. He was a member of the Garrettsville
Eagles and cherished spending time with his family and
Surviving are his wife, Ruth Johnson Thompson of
Wind-ham Twp.; a son, James (Jody) Thompson, Jr. of
Caldwell; two brothers, Maxwell (Sissy) Thompson of West
Virginia, John (Barbara) Thompson of Nelson; four
sisters, Elda (Leon) Clutter of W.Va., Wanda (Don)
Wiegert of Clairdon, Pauline (Tom) Kline of Florida,
Joann (Ron) Gingerich of Bloomfield; four grandchildren,
Hannah, Haley, Shannan and Skylee Thomp-son, all of
Caldwell; former wife, Elaine Kenny.
addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his
two brothers, Bruce and Robert Thompson; and three
sisters, Bernice Hill, Linda Smith and Vesta Hamrick.
family will celebrate Jim’s life privately.
Arrangements were entrusted to Mallory-DeHaven-Carl-son
Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Garrettsville.
LLOYD C. DAILEY
Lloyd C. “Foxy” Dailey, 87, Woodsfield, died
Aug. 19, 2009, at Monroe County
Woodsfield. He was born May 8, 1922 at Woodsfield, a son
of the late John and Bertha Elizabeth Bonham Dailey.
was a retired assistant manager of the former State
Liquor Store, Woodsfield; a member of the Woodsfield
Church of Christ, Woodsfield; and served in the Civilian
Conservation Corps in
National Park. He was an
avid fisherman, hunter, outdoorsman and also enjoyed
pitching horseshoes in his spare time.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Willison Dailey, whom he
married July 21, 1945; two daughters, Sue (James) Hooper
of Woodsfield, Bonnie (John) Giesy of Loudonville; a
son, Jerry (Wanda) Dailey of Pickerington; four
grandchildren, Kurt and Todd Hooper, Beth Evans,
Kimberly Dailey; and seven great-grandchildren.
addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by
three brothers, Luther, Lester and George Dailey; and
three sisters, Lavada Hooper, Bessie Parker and Nellie
Friends were received Aug. 21 at Watters Funeral Home,
Woodsfield, where funeral services were held Aug. 22,
with Sam Bartrug officiating. Burial followed in Antioch Cemetery,
JOHN L. BETTS
John L. Betts, 80,
33720 Fantasy Lane,
Lewisville, died Aug. 20, 2009, at
Hospital, Marietta. He was born Sept. 21, 1928, at
Batesville, a son of the late John Erza and Sylvia Irene
was a retired insurance agent from John Betts &
Associates and Perry County Mutual Insurance; former
employee of Farm Credit and A.O. Smith Harvestor. He was
a member of the United Methodist Church,
Batesville; a member of the Guernsey Lodge #632,
F.&A.M., Cambridge; a
member of the
a member of the Shrine and a member of the Good Sam
Camping Club Pioneer Sams #49.
Surviving are his loving wife, Judy Ball Kilburn Betts,
whom he married July 12, 2005; two daughters, Jane
(Craig) Zezeck of Morgan-town,
W.Va., Joyce Ann Betts of Marietta; two sons, John Raymond (Joyce L.)
Betts of Freeport, James A. (Jenifer) Betts of Marietta;
a step-daughter, Sherry Lynn (Denson) Wright of
Ellenton, Fla.; a step-son, Bryan (Christine) Kilburn of
Lewis-ville; two brothers, Cecil (Ila Jean) Betts of
Batesville, Jack (Judy) Betts of Shell Knob, Missouri; a
sister, Annabelle Kelley of Mason; eight grandchildren;
four great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; two
step-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews;
his mother-in-law, Twila Ball of Caldwell; eight
step-children; 21 step-grandchildren; and eight
step-grandchildren from a previous marriage.
addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by
his first wife, Louella Eileen Foraker Betts on May 22,
1982; and a grandson, John Allen Betts.
Friends were received Aug. 23 at Watters Funeral Home,
Woodsfield, where funeral services were held Aug. 24,
with Pastor Richard Cox officiating. Burial followed in
Masonic services were held Aug. 23 at the funeral home.
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