Board Approves $2,000 for
By Taylor Abbott
Monroe County Commissioners met with a full agenda on August 9
which included appropriating money in the amount of $2,000 for
the Black Walnut Commerce Park roadway extension feasibility
During the discussion, commissioners spoke with Tom Scott, Team
Monroe, about the study and what to expect in the future.
Commission President John Pyles said that the commission had
given attention to the study. Pyles informed Scott that both
Woodsfield Village Council and Center Township
trustees voted against approving matching funds in the amount of
$1,500 for the feasibility study.
Following the conclusion of the meeting with Scott,
commissioners agreed to allocate $2,000 to the feasibility
study. Although the county has committed money to the study, it
cannot be completed due to a shortage of $1,500.
In other business, department heads of
County met in the Probate
Courtroom of Judge Walter Starr for a meeting with Sam Turner,
Telephone Technologies, Inc.
Turner requested that the department heads provide him with the
number of telephone lines, office phones, and pertinent
information regarding communications in each office.
The meeting stems from an ongoing proposal for the county to
save money by decreas-ing the current 65 telephone lines in the
courthouse to 24 by way of a new phone system. The cost is
expected to range between $15,000 to $25,000 depending on
whether the offices require upgraded telephones.
Turner will be meeting again with the county in the near future
with more precise estimates for the upgrades.
Noted author and story teller Bob Welsh approached commissioners
about land at the Commerce Park. Welsh spoke on behalf of
Woodsfield’s American Legion. He said the organization is
inquiring into land that they might be able to acquire for a new
American Legion facility.
Commissioners thanked Welsh for coming to them and said that the Commerce Park’s
bylaws do not permit the sale of alcohol on the premises. After
briefly discussing the issue, commissioners said that
Prosecuting Attorney Lynn Riethmiller should be consulted for
further bylaw and legal issues concerning the property.
At 11 a.m., Raymond Bauer and Mary Jo Westfall, OSU Extension,
met with commissioners. During his discussion, Bauer was
permitted by the commission to sign a subordination agreement
with a resident of Monroe County.
Westfall then spoke, informing officials that the county’s
Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) was not re-funded
for the year 2011. Bauer said that the remainder of the
program’s $500,000 will be gone by Oct. 31. He and Westfall both
noted that any projects started using CHIP money will be
completed, regardless, no later than Dec. 31.
Commissioners said that the loss of the funding is a definite
blow to families of Monroe
County. Pyles asked about the
county’s alternatives or options regarding this issue. Bauer
said that it would be best to call the state office in Columbus and set up a meeting date or
conference call to discuss the county’s application and why it
was denied. Bauer also suggested that the county seek a
consulting firm to handle the CHIP program instead of making it
a county entity.
He said it was unfortunate that the county was denied, noting he
will be out of job until the program is refunded, if ever, and
families in Monroe County
will suffer from the loss of funding.
Westfall and Bauer both said that the loss of funding was not
the county’s fault but was a result of many applicants in the
state applying for the year 2011 and not enough money for all of
In unrelated business, Commissioner Carl Davis, Tom Scott,
members of the United States Forest Service,
Wayne National Forest representatives and other guests
attended a forum meeting at the
Museum on July 29.
The meeting, held due to
County being chosen as a
possible location for an Ohio Scenic Byway kiosk, centered on
possible locations for the kiosk.
When the meeting concluded, four possible sites for the kiosk
were chosen and several factors as to why
County should be chosen
Possible locations for the byway kiosk include:
• Old Lock 15 in Duffy
• Fly Ferry Landing
• Rest Area below Fly
Commissioners and Scott are planning to meet with
representatives and organizers of this project again on Aug. 30.
Monroe County Sheriff dispatcher and communications supervisor
Maria Jones sits in front of the new 911 system. When a landline
or cell phone call comes in, the digital map displays the
location from where the call originates. The dispatcher can
quickly see where the 911 call is from and which fire or
emergency department to contact. Photo by Martha Ackerman
911 System Up and Running
by Martha Ackerman
The latest advances in the 911 system are now installed at the
Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. According to Matt Brake of Swiss
Valley Associates, Inc., the 911 coordinator for
County, 14 people have
successfully completed mapping training with the improved
“This is an excellent tool,” said Maria Jones, dispatcher and
communications supervisor. “There are a lot of phenomenal
When a landline or cell phone call comes in, the digital map
displays the location from where the call originates. The
dispatcher can quickly see where the 911 call is from and which
department to contact. Brake, who reported the information to
Monroe County Commissioners during their Aug. 2 meeting, said,
“This saves valuable time in dispatching emergency personnel to
the scene. This map serves as the backbone to which other
geographic information system information can be added, making
future expansion easier.”
Swiss Valley Associates will make monthly updates to the map
data. These updates will include new or revised house addresses,
phone numbers and public roads. Current and correct information
makes it easier to respond accurately.
Jones gives the following advice to those who call from cell
phones. “It is best to stop and make the 911 call. If you are
mobile, the map won’t track the location.” So with this
advice-Stop before making the emergency call.
Due to financial restraints, the sheriff’s office has one
dispatcher on duty 24-hours a day. According to Jones, the
dispatchers cannot give medical instruction. There are three
deputies in the sheriff’s office trained for medical but the
funds are not available to have two on duty at the same time.
Jones noted that a second dispatcher would be needed to give
medical instruction be-cause when a medical instruction call is
initiated, the dispatcher is not allowed to put the call on hold
or disconnect. With one dispatcher, that would leave the other
According to Brake, Staley Communications Inc. of
W. Va. installed the mapping software. The
back-up 911 equipment was installed at the
at the Monroe County Airport.
The 911 project was made possible through the collaboration of
departments including the commissioners, sheriff, engineer,
auditor, EMA and health department. Other agencies included ODOT
and the Ohio Statewide Imagery Program. Grant funding was
awarded from the Appalachian Region-al Commission through
Buck-eye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development Dis-trict and
USDA Rural Devel-opment.
The $400,000 project began with an application for a $39,000
grant from USDA Rural Development in Decem-ber 2006. This grant
was awarded in 2007 and was combined with $84,016 of local
matching funds, $13,000 from ODOT, $47,384 from the Ohio
Geographically Referenced Program. This amount was leveraged to
apply for a $200,000 grant from Appala-chian Region Commission.
Additional funding was awarded from the County Engineers
Association of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Public Safety.
Digital Data Technologies, Inc. of
collected the data for the program by driving all the roads in
the county with GPS equipment to log the road centerlines, house
address numbers and many other features along the roadways.
During the meeting
coordinator David Kuhn opened discussion on the county having
designated landing zones for the medical helicopters.
“Beallsville has marked zones all through its coverage area,”
has accomplished much over the last few years,” said Brake.
“Working together we can continue to ensure that all citizens
and visitors feel confident in the ability of our emergency
personnel to respond promptly to our needs. Our beautiful rural
hills are now matched with the highest levels of 911 safety
CNB Earns 5-Star
It is with great pride that Bauer Financial, Inc.,
Fla., announces that Citizens National Bank of
Woodsfield, has earned its highest 5-Star
rating for strength and stability. The past few years have been
extremely difficult for the banking industry and the fact that
Citizens National Bank continues to excel in such areas as
capital adequacy, delinquent loan levels and profitability,
clearly indicates it is one of the strongest banks in the
country. In fact, only three percent of the nation’s banks can
claim to have earned this top rating for 86 consecutive
quarters, like Citizens National Bank has.
“With a full ten percent of the nation’s banks now on the FDIC’s
problem list and even more on ours,” notes Karen L. Dorway,
president of Bauer Financial, “the fact that Citizens National
Bank continues to not just withstand the pressures, but even
excel in this environment, indicates its management is doing
things right. Bauer’s stringent 5-Star requirements haven’t
changed, but the climate definitely has nd the fact that
Citizens National Bank earned this prestigious rating sets it
well above the competition.”
Citizens National Bank was established in 1933 and has been
serving the banking needs of its neighbors and friends for 77
years. It currently operates through three conveniently located
offices in Barnesville, Sardis and Woodsfield.
Citizens National Bank: “Your 5-Star Community Bank.”
BauerFinancial, Inc., Coral Gables,
Fla., the nation’s leading independent bank and
credit union rating and research firm, has been reporting on and
analyzing the performance of u.S. banks and credit unions since
1983. No institution pays BauerFinancial to rate it, nor can any
choose to be excluded. Consumers may obtain star-ratings by
Janet Stoffel stands among some of the many items of memorabilia
from the Feiock and Distler store, which served
area residents for over a century. She is the granddaughter of
Charles Feiock Sr., who owned and operated the store for many
years. The Red and White Store as it was later called was razed
Photo by Martha Ackerman
Landmark Store Remembered
by Martha Ackerman
When travel was not so easy, it was a godsend for many farmers
and local people in the
area. It served its people in one capacity or other for over a
The original mercantile did business under the name Feiock and
Bott. The following was provided to the Beacon by John Ogden,
copied from an article found in the June 11, 1896 Spirit of
Democracy: “A change has taken place in the mercantile firm of
Feiock & Bott at Lewisville, Mr. Fred Bott having sold his
interest in the store to Mr. Will Distler. Mr. Bott has made
arrangements to go into business at
Nashville, Tenn., where he hopes his health will
improve. He is a good man whom we regret to lose from the
county, but we join many other friends in wishing him success
and better health in his southern home.
“The new firm, consisting of Charles Feiock and Wm. Distler,
will continue the business at the old stand under the firm name
of Feiock & Distler. Both gentlemen are highly respected
citizens who know how to hustle and retain patronage when they
get it. They will succeed where success is possible. Elsewhere
in today’s paper will be found a notice by the old firm asking
all patrons to call and settle by July 1.”
The Feiock Distler Big Store continued and a 1909 souvenir
plate, as well as several others, was purchased at auction by
“Things were simple then. It filled people’s needs,” said
Stoffel, whose grandfather Charles Feiock Sr. and his
brother-in-law William Distler continued running the store for
many years. Wilma Denbow and Wilda Baker served as clerks.
Stoffel’s mother Wilda (Feiock) DeWitt did the store’s book
Stoffel, who lived with her grandparents, remembers visiting the
store several times a day. The store closed on Thursday
The Feiock & Distler store was like a miniature old time Walmart.
It offered everything from canned goods, fresh meat and eggs,
animal feeds, Christmas toys, penny candies, fabric and even
It was a store where people could trade eggs and produce for
needed items. It was a place where residents congregated.
Some time before 1931 as attested by a calendar Distler sold out
to Charles Feiock Jr. and the store became Feiock and Son.
The upstairs of the store was the meeting place for the Odd
Fellows and Rebekah Lodges.
Children stopped in after school for penny candy. Stoffel shared
a couple funny memories of kids at the store. Empty bottles were
stored behind the mercantile. One ingenious young man picked
some of them up and took them to the front of the store and
turned them in for money. Another fellow picked up string and
stuck it in his pocket. They followed him home trailing the
Tragedy struck in 1954 when a tornado leveled the store. Wilda
DeWitt and Ida Feiock had exited the building from an upstairs
meeting just 10 minutes before the tornado hit.
Stoffel’s aunt and uncle were in the store. The shelves fell and
made a tunnel, she noted. “They were wet but not hurt.” Some of
the building collapsed onto their car and caused the horn to
blow. Those coming to help thought the couple was in the car.
Stoffel remembers that a little house on SR78 was picked up. The
lady who lived there was placed in the road still in her rocking
chair! “Mother Nature is pretty powerful,” said Stoffel. “The
store was quite a tourist attraction.”
school house was used during that summer to sell anything that
was salvageable. Stoffel remembers each room’s items were
available at different percentages off depending upon their
condition. The bread man still came but there was no
refrigeration for perishable items.
The store was designed and rebuilt by a family friend, Elwood
Case, a carpenter living in
Columbus. A grand opening was held on
Oct. 29 and 30. There were balloons for the kids, door prizes
and a listing of the store’s offering which included Teeters
Hams and Bacon, David Davies and Armour Meats, Weber’s Home
Dressed Fresh Meats, Broughton and Swiss Ohio products,
Wolverine Work Shoes, Goodrich Rubber Footwear, Bakery Items and
Stoffel’s uncle passed away in 1967 and four different owners
continued the store, which then leaned more toward grocery items
and yard goods. Owners included Don Stimpert, Roscoe Wilhelm,
Dale Kilburn and Louise Seebach Reither.
The Feiock & Distler store carried everything local farmers and
residents needed at that time. Notice the horse hitching rail at
the front of the building. Photo Courtesy of John Ogden
Shelves were filled at the Feiock & Distler mercantile, a Lewisville landmark. Shown in the center is
Charles Feiock Sr., who with Mr. Fred Bott began the store. In
1896 the store came under the ownership of Charles Feiock Sr.
and William Distler. Photos Courtesy of Janet and
The new store had an inventory which included Teeters Hams and
Bacon, David Davies and Armour Meats, Weber’s Home Dressed Fresh
Meats, Broughton and Swiss Ohio products, Wolverine Work Shoes,
Goodrich Rubber Footwear, Bakery Items and Produce.
Some of those shown in this photo are Chuck and Shirley
Feiock, Lola Feiock, Ruth Barnes, Wilma Denbow and Wilda Baker.
A tornado ripped through
destroying the Feiock store in June 1954. Stoffel’s aunt and
uncle were in the store. The shelves fell and made a tunnel, she
noted. “They were wet but not hurt.”
A grand opening was held for the newly built Feiock Red and
White Store, which opened that October. The new building was
designed and built by a family friend, Elwood Case, a
Around the Burnside
The only time the world beats a path to your door is when you
are in the bathroom.
It’s tough to make a comeback when you haven’t been anywhere.
Where was Pappy when the lights went out? Down in the cellar
eatin’ sauerkraut. Happy age of technology. If you don’t believe
it, try reporting an electrical outage. In our case we get to
talk with an automated something. “All our representatives are
busy. If it’s this, punch one, if it’s this, punch two, if it’s
this, punch three, if it’s just regular business hang up and
call back later. Don’t you just love it? Please enter your 12
digit reporting number. You do and everything shuts off. You sit
there wondering what happened or did they get the message? When
the entrance wire to your house is pulled loose and laying
across your deck and lawn you really did want to talk with
someone not a computer or whatever it is.
OK, after several times getting a busy signal I finally did get
to actually talk to someone. I related our problem and she said
she would pass it on to the dispatcher.
Seventeen hours or more I sit wondering did it happen? I decided
to try again to punch one, two or three. I ended up finally
talking to a computer or whatever it is. I really didn’t get to
say what I wanted to as I’m sure it wouldn’t understand what I
was saying. It was about the same but it makes you feel better
as you are actually talking to something as it asks questions.
Finally, it tells you it will report it to the emergency
department, thanks you for the call, goodbye. I guess there’s
nothing else I can do except gripe.
I guess maybe I can’t complain too much. When I need medicine I
just dial a number, press the speaker button and tell the
computer what I want and get in the mail in a few days.
Happy day, the men are here. I know our problem will get fixed
but it will just take time so I take back all I thought about
the electric company. To be truthful they do a good job. Maybe
it’s too easy for us to complain.
My pappy used to say, “You never miss the water till the well
runs dry”. It’s the same thing with electric. Everything in our
house is connected to our electric service.
Sitting around with a couple of oil lamps you really appreciate
the electric service. Then it reminds yo. Many readers can
remember when that was the only light they had. They didn’t
complain; they just made do. If you haven’t experienced
something you never miss it if you don’t have it.
I did almost have a senior moment while sitting in the dark. I
thought we can’t watch the TV so I’ll turn on the radio. I
started to get up from the easy chair to turn it on. Before I
got up completely, I happened to think the stupid radio is
operated by electricity.
I will have to admit one thing. I had one of the best nights
sleep I had for a long time. Went to bed a tink early and only
woke up with my flashlight a couple of times. I guess maybe
getting a shot in the eye that morning had something to do with
it. I complained about technology earlier but it’s sure great
what they can do anymore. I’ve had a second eye shot with one
more to go, I hope.
I guess it works OK but I still hate to make a phone call and
get a happy voice telling me to punch one or two or three or on
down the line.
All in all we are very fortunate to have the electrical service
we do have. I do not remember how long it has been since we’ve
been without electric and not very long when we did.
Actually, to my way of thinking too many of us fail to realize
how good we have it and we start complaining when we don’t have
it. It would help me feel better and maybe others if the little
box or computer would tell you how extensive the damage really
is and they will get to you as soon as possible. You never know
without TV or radio.
I’ve complained and now we will be getting a pole with a light
that will keep a storm from pulling our service off the house.
Who could ask for more? This will make Esther happy as she likes
Here I thought I couldn’t think of anything to write about this
week. Then the storm hit and now I’m about done. I would like to
mention one thing.
With the hunting season coming up soon it is important for
hunters to make sure their guns are pointed in a safe direction.
I read recently of a couple of men who didn’t and are not around
any more. One thing we repeat maybe hundreds of times during the
Hunter Education Course “Do not point your gun at anything you
do not want to shoot. (safe direction)” and “the safety on a gun
can fail.” Handle every gun as if it were loaded.
When she saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she
See you in church.
Please help our community help themselves. Our humane society
does not return calls. Recently I have called and left a message
and no one called me back. I live in the Beallsville area. I was
going to discuss being a volunteer, but never a call back. I
also wanted to report stray cats, still no call back. All they
need to do is call me back. Please call me so I can help the
Mrs. Green used to help by placing kittens in good homes. She
was a godsend for kittens in
County. Mrs. Green has
left this world and who will replace her goodwill?
Volunteers can be found. The Department of Jobs and Family
Services have people that need service hours to become eligible
Senior Citizens programs can locate someone with placement
The Internet for Adoption is a great opportunity to find homes
for them. Adoption days would also be great.
Most important is spay and neuter of these animals. Rumor has it
there may be a Spay and Neuter Day in the near future. This
could happen if needed. This is so important and would help so
much. Tues., Aug. 3, 10, I took six stray kittens to the
Cambridge Humane Society. They do a great job; that is a long
way to drop strays off.
Other counties do so much more for their abandoned pets. In Monroe County
the cats are at the bottom of the list, next to the dogs. Great
programs need to be top priority for spay and neutering. Prevent
suffering and shame of the county we live in.
has a lot of other issues that need taken care of. I wish I
could hit the lottery.
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ROBERT H. STOEHR
Robert H. Stoehr, 84, Canton,
died July 24, 2010 in Aultman Hospital. He passed away peacefully
surrounded by his family, following a period of declining
health. He was born May 22, 1926 in Beallsville, a son of the
late Harold E. and Adda Mae Conger Stoehr.
He grew up in Woodsfield and lived the greater portion of his
life in Canton. He was a U.S. Army
veteran of WWII, serving in the Pacific Theater. He was a
retired carpenter and home builder. He was a member of Otterbein United
Surviving are two sons, Lark R. Stoehr of
Canton, Flek (Kathy) Stoehr of Perry
Twp.; several nieces, nephews and special friend, Rose Mary
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife
of 39 years, Frances Lucille Stoehr in 1989; two brothers,
William and Harold Jr.
Friends were received until time of services July 28 at Reed
Funeral Home Canton Chapel, with Pastor James D. Zimmerman
officiating. Burial followed in Melscheimer Cemetery.
Condolences may be made to www.reedfuneralhome.com
Roger D. Ewers, 69, Fly, died July 26, 2010 at Woodsfield
Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born Aug. 6, 1940 in Brownsville, a son of the
late Eugene and Thelma Stacy Ewers.
He was a former employee of the PCA in Rittman, and a member of
the Brownsville Church of Christ.
Surviving are his wife, Geneva L. Evans Ewers of Fly, whom he
married Nov. 9. 1957; three sons, Rick (Jean) Ewers of Fly, Dale
(Tammy) Ewers of Fly, Ronnie (Lorna) Ewers of Lewisville; 3
daughters, Dianna Ewers of Sardis, Sandra Felton (Chuck
Williamson) of Fly, Kelly (Rob) Stottlemire of New Matamoras;
brother, James (Eva) Ewers of Creston; two sisters, Ellen (Ray)
Ebert of New Martinsville, Evelyn (Ted) Potts of Sardis; 16
grandchildren, Jake (Heather) Felton, Jr. of Fly, Roger David
Ewers of New Martinsville, Josh Ewers (Michelle Riggen-bach) of
Wheeling, Brent Stottlemire of New Mata-moras, Mitchell
Stottlemire of New Matamoras, Johnthan (Tammy) Broemsen of
Woods-field, Joenath Broemsen (Shana) of Woodsfield, Jeremy
(Patty) Broemsen of Woodsfield, Amanda Ewers of Lewisburg,
W.Va., Stacie (Kevin) Arnold of Dennison, Marcia (Terry)
Ridgeway of New Matamoras, Jessica (Chris) Toothman of New
Matamoras, Meleah (Jonathan) Morgan of Fly, Telah Ewers of Fly,
Kayla (Terry) Dunn of New Matamoras, Breanna (Wilbur) Dunn, Jr.
of New Matamoras; and 22 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a
daughter Ronda Jean Ewers July 26, 1973; and a son, David Lee
Ewers April 3, 2002.
Friends were received July 28 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home,
Woodsfield, where services were held July 29, with Homer
Salsbury officiating. Burial was in Mehrley Cemetery near Fly.
Condolences may be expressed at www.bauerturner.com.
Phyllis Spence, 95, Lewisville, died Aug. 6, 2010 at Monroe County
Woodsfield. She was born March 24, 1915 in Lewisville, a daughter of the late William F.
Weber and Sara Ann Pickens Weber Thornberry.
She was a 1934 graduate of Lewisville High School, a homemaker and a member of Trinity
United Church of Christ near
Lewisville. She enjoyed doing crafts,
making gifts for other people and flower gardening.
Surviving are two nieces, Lois Pennell of Clarington and Rheba
(Joseph) Dupras of Fairbanks, Alaska.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her
husband, James Harold Spence in Feb. of 1999; a brother, Robert
F. Weber; a sister, Virginia L. Pennell; and a brother-in-law,
Cyril E. Pennell.
There was no visitation. Private services will be held at
Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield, with Rev. Karen Binford
officiating. Burial will follow in Friendship Cemetery,
Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Church of
Christ, 47345 Lewisville Northern Rd., Lewisville, OH
or to the
Cemetery, c/o Dana Bach, Box 111,