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August 19, 2010

Monroe County Care Center Assisted Living Coming Soon

Things are going well and the Monroe County Care Center’s Assisted Living complex will tentatively open in October. According to Patty Haralson, Marketing Director, the assisted living facility will have eight one bedroom apartments and six efficiency apartments. There will be a central living area, a country kitchen, private dining area, a new beauty shop and laundry facility. The completion date is expected to be in October 2010.      Photo Courtesy of Allyson Cox

Local Funding May Be Cut Soon

by Taylor Abbott
Staff Writer

At 9:30 a.m., Monroe County Commissioners met with resident Charlie Brooks and Summit Township trustee George Hoover concerning local government funding and what the future holds in 2011.

Commission president John Pyles received a letter with an attached news article detailing Marietta’s looming $1.8 million shortfall at the end of their 2011 budget. It alludes to the city’s need to now cut a minimum $1.8 million to remain solvent. The article proceeds to describe what the entire state and other entities can expect of their budgets in the future.

In the article Marietta City Auditor David Locke said, “We’re [Marietta] not alone - schools, libraries and other agencies are bracing for cuts. Word on the street is that no matter who wins the (gubernatorial) election, local government shares will soon be cut or gone.”

After reading the article, Pyles said, “Monroe County, this would be devastating.”

Commissioner Carl Davis asked about previous funding amounts, at which time Pyles called County Auditor Pandora Neuhart to request the figures. The amount of local funding in 2009 was $415,000. 

Hoover said, “Whoever goes in as governor is going to be $9 billion in debt the first day he signs his name as governor. It is a no win situation.”

Continuing to discuss the future of area townships and the villages within them, Hoover said, “It could kill towns like Wilson, Jerusalem, Beallsville -it could get them all. The townships would have to absorb them and then the townships, in turn, would not have the money to pay the bills.”

The dire situation, according to Hoover would not only affect Monroe County, but also small towns and counties across the state of Ohio.

According to Pyles, the board of commissioners plan to contact Brad Cole of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio and request that they draft a letter of support to the State. In the letter, the commissioners are asking that it be made known that any extreme cuts like the ones discussed will devastate the budgets of both the townships and the county. 

At the end of the  discussion, Pyles made a motion to draft a letter and send it to the State protesting the cut of any local funding to Monroe County. The motion was carried, and it will now be decided who within the state government will be receiving the letter.

Jason Harter, probate officer and computer programmer, met with commissioners to discuss the county’s newly renovated website. In prior months, he was asked by commissioners to update the county website. 

According to Harter, the new site is very user friendly and connects virtually all offices and entities of the county via the website. Icons along the left side of the screen   show each county office, attractions, recreation sites, and more. 

Commissioners were very pleased with the website’s new layout and commended Harter for the work completed thus far. Noting that some aspects of the site are still under construction, Harter said they will be updated as soon as the information is made available to him. The new site address is 


In the afternoon, commissioners held a conference call with an agent of Innovative Office Solutions, Inc. (IOS). IOS entered into a contract with the county to supply the furniture to the new assisted living addition at the Monroe County Care Center. The products, including installation, was priced at $38,119.016. Installation of the furniture is set to begin in the fall with the new facility expected to open shortly thereafter.

Following the meeting, Jobs and Family Services (JFS) director Jeanette Harter met with commissioners to present a resolution declaring August 2010 as Child Support Aware-ness Month. Commissioners accepted the resolution and was passed unanimously. 

According to Harter, the Monroe County Child Support Enforcement Agency has collected a total of $28,207.20. This was made possible by accepting cash payments at JFS, and establishing new child support orders in 124 cases. Additionally, Harter said the agency has increased child support establishments from 70.77% in 2009 to 81.09% in 2010.  at 9 a.m.At the conclusion of the discussion, Harter requested an executive session regarding disciplinary action with no action being taken at this time.

Bids for New Beallsville School Opened; Project Estimates Up

by Taylor Abbott
Staff Writer

Officials of the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District, Project and Construction Services, Inc. (PCS), and others gathered at Woodsfield Elementary August 12 for the Beallsville K-12 school re-bid openings.

According to documents received during the openings, the General Trades estimate was raised from $5,799,000 to $6,178,000. 

Bids for the General Trades were received from the following companies:

• Colaianni $6,055,408
• Grae-Con $6,047,000
• JD & E $6,380,000

Bids for masonry veneer were received from the following companies:
• Colaianni $32,500
• Grae-Con $47,300
• JD & E $45,000

Bids for veneer locations were received from the following companies:

• Colaianni $4,500
• Grae-Con $5,300
• JD & E $3,800

Bids for the plumbing project were then opened with a  new estimate increase from $604,000 to $739,000.

The following companies placed bids for plumbing:

• W. G. Tomko $765,500
• Mongiovi $797,800
• Peterman $750,000
• Grae-Con $780,000
• Pioneer Pipe $841,947

A combination project was also bid out encompassing  both the general trades and plumbing. Two bids were received from the following:

• Grae-Con $6,675,000

• JD & E $6,995,000

At the conclusion of the openings, Rick Milhoan, PCS, thanked those in attendance and said a review of all received bids would be made before any bids are awarded.








Looks real, doesn’t it? A local resident thought so, too, until his son decided to investigate. “If it looks too good to be true,” warns Sheriff Charles Black, “it usually isn’t.  Photo by M. Ackerman

Sheriff Warns Residents
Asks Local Businesses to Update Security Info

A local resident brought a check and accompanying letter to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office recently. His elderly father received the check and letter in the mail and thought he had won the sweepstakes. The header of the letter reads “Publishers Sweepstakes Company Inc.” 

The accompanying letter told the man he was “the lucky winner of prize money in the amount of $225,000 USD. The system indicates that you were selected as a winner for the May 27, 2010 sweepstake draw. All the participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from Readers Digest, mail in ballot, internet submissions, Mega-bucks and Magazines. This draw was held and hosted in the United Kingdom, with participants in the United States of America, Canada and The United Kingdom.

“Enclosed is a check for $2,800 USA payable to you. These funds were forwarded to you from your winnings, in order to pay for applicable taxes and service fees in the United States and must be deposited into your account only after speaking with your claims officer.”

The letter goes on to give a claim number, which you are asked to keep confidential until the claim has been processed and funds remitted. It states that this is a security protocol and gives a toll free number to call.

According to Sheriff Charles Black, after investigation, the letter and fraudulent check originates from Canada. He warns, “If it looks too good to be true, it usually isn’t.” In this case it definitely isn’t. If the man had deposited the check, Black noted, the man would have been notified by the bank that it was a bad check and if he had used the money, the elderly gentleman would be out an additional $2800. 

Black speculated that the man would have been asked for routing numbers if he had called the toll free number. His account would probably been depleted.

“In this case, a concerned relative interceded and prevented any fraudulent activity to take place,” said Black. 

Black will forward the information to the FBI which handles international scams.

Additionally, Sheriff Black advises local businesses to update their security system paperwork with the sheriff’s office. He notes that false alarm calls are causing his office increased costs and there are safety issues.

“We encourage businesses to have alarm systems and register them with the sheriff’s office.” He added that if an alarm goes off, it may take hours to find someone with a key to enter the business. If the alarm is registered, the dispatcher knows who to contact.

The  sheriff warns that with Ohio Revised Code 505.511, a fee for false alarms resulting from malfunction of same commercial or residential security alarm system can be charged. The fourth false alarm of that year is $50; fifth, $100; after the fifth, $150 each call of that year.


Health Department Prepares For Upcoming Flu Season

The Monroe County Health Department is working to prepare the county for the upcoming flu season. Robin Groves, Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator was able to purchase temporal thermometers, hand sanitizer, tissues and informational posters for schools. Pictured are Switzerland of Ohio School District and St. Sylvester’s Central nurses, Noreen Decker and Janet Indermuhle receiving the supplies from Robin Groves. Supplies will also be distributed to Monroe Achievement Center, GMN Monroe-based preschools and Polly’s Preschool. Best practices to prevent the spread of flu are to cover your cough, wash your hands with soap and water (use hand sanitizer when not available), get vaccinated, stay home when you are sick, and distance yourself from those who are sick. For more information visit the Monroe County Health Department web site at www.mchealthdept.com.

Recognized Nationally for Implementing Quality Heart Disease and Stroke Care

For its achievement in coronary artery disease, stroke and heart failure treatment, Wheel-ing Hospital is being recognized in the current “America’s Best Hospitals” issue of US News and World Report.

The hospital is being recognized for achievement in using evidence-based guidelines to provide the best possible care to patients through The American Heart Association and The American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines program.

Wheeling Hospital is among 815 facilities nationwide featured in a special advertisement in the magazine to commemorate our receipt of Get With the Guidelines Silver Performance Achievement Award. We are proud of our staff and the quality care it provides our patients,” said Ronald L. Violi, Wheeling Hospital chief executive officer.

“Scientific research continually reveals that Get With the Guidelines works. Patients are getting the right care when they need it. The result is improved survival rates.”

Get With the Guidelines is a hospital-based quality-improvement program designed to ensure that hospitals consistently care for cardiac and stroke patients following the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations. The program addresses coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke. Currently, more than 1,400 hospitals participate in the program.

“Get With the Guidelines gives our professionals the tools and reports they need to effectively treat our coronary heart disease, heart failure and stroke patients,” noted Heidi Porter, Wheeling Hospital director of Quality Management.

“Hospitals recognized in each category achieve at least 85 percent compliance to Get With the Guidelines measures. Those achieving 85 percent compliance for 24 consecutive months receive the Gold Performance Achievement Award, with the Silver Performance Achievement Award going to whose with 85 percent compliance for 12 consecutive months.”

Dr. Lee Schwamm, national chairman of the Get With the Guidelines steering committee, added, “Health care providers who use Get With the Guidelines are armed with the latest evidence-based guidelines and immediate access to clinical decision support, using a set of tools that have been shown to improve delivery of evidence-based care. The goal of this initiative is to improve the quality of life and help reduce deaths and disability among patients with heart disease and stroke.

Schwamm also serves as professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and vice chairman of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Around the Burnside  

Cherish all the happy moments; they make a fine cushion for old age.

Wherever love is bestowed it brings in great return.

Almost perfect weather, a good crowd, makes for a successful carnival. This happened in Lewisville and I know it happens in many communities in the county. Yes, it’s to make some money used to improve things in the community. I write about the Lewisville activity because we live almost in the middle of it.

Money aside, the greatest benefit is the community spirit that is developed. Countless folks pitch in and give of their time, willing to help where they can. I notice how much of the crowd is visiting with friends and neighbors in addition to the activities. This is great as when I was a kid folks sat on their porches and visited every evening during the summer. Now we have to stay inside where it’s cool and try to stare down the flat screen, 42 inch TV. Oh well, I like NCIS.

I appreciate the time and effort all those who made the Lewisville Carnival a success.

Eat and have fun was the thing of the evening. I understand that folks gobbled down 308 chickens. Do you realize this is six hundred and sixteen drumsticks? I’ve often wondered why with all our technology someone didn’t develop a chicken with four legs. I like the dark meat. Then again a four-legged chicken would look rather strange running around.

All festivals and carnivals must have a parade. We had one. I was offered the job of announcing the parade, a job I hadn’t done since I retired from announcing Monroe Central football games. It was fun as Greg Baker and Carl Davis had everything lined up with the information and it was easy. I did kind of mess up which I’ll mention later.

At the very first of the parade the Lewisville Firemen planned a fitting tribute. They took us back some 54 years and recognized men who were charter members of the department. Their names were read, most are not with us any more and a tribute and thanks expressed for what they accomplished.

Two of that group Fred Wittenbrook and John Baker lead the parade in a convertible owned and driven by Sonny Block. Harry Smith was also a member of this group but was unable to attend.

Here I goofed; I failed to mention, as they passed by, Sonny Block furnished and drove the car with those being honored. I also understand, but do not know the complete details but I believe Sonny’s father built the first fire engine for the department.

The fire trucks and parade moved on and all seemed to enjoy. The kids really got plenty of candy. I think my great-granddaughter picked up a half bushel of candy. Just what a kid needs. All said and done, it was fun and an honor to be a part of it.

I read and hear much regarding Master Gardeners. It seems as though some people are back to raising their own produce. This is excellent as I experienced green beans and tomatoes a neighbor brought us. Nothing like something fresh from the garden. We raised a garden for years. When Esther got tired of taking care of it, we turned our garden into a lawn.

When I was growing up, no one had a backyard; they had a garden. As I recall we lived for the most part summer and winter from things grown in our garden. I guess you might have called us organic gardeners as we spread a good layer of you know what on it every year. You can’t get anything moe organic than that. Sometimes we used our garden produce as a snack. A stalk of rhubarb, an onion, a tiny potato or whatever else might be available. Throw in a couple of green apples and you have yourself a good wholesome snack.

I lived beside a Master Gardener when we lived in Malta. We had a rather large garden side by side with him. You could tell who was the Master Gardener.

He was in his garden just about every morning pushing his plow. I kept telling him he was going to wear out his soil by plowing so much. He also believed in the signs and would plant nothing in the wrong sign. I kept telling him I planted in the ground not on the moon.

One day I came home and proceeded to plant some beans. He and his wife were doing something outside and I knew I was doing something wrong. A few days later he suggested I had planted my beans in the wrong sign. I suggest I didn’t plant them on the moon. As it turned out, I never saw beans produce as they did. He never could understand why.

One year I did a little joke. He always said he had the first ripe tomato. I stopped at a green house and purchased a tomato plant that had a small tomato on it. I paid a dollar for it which was a good bit back then. I went out at night, when I knew he was in bed and set out my tomato plant where he could see it. He never said much but he said to me once or twice that tomato plant was really growing. I had the first ripe tomato that year.

Did you know? A bicycle cannot stand alone. It’s two tired.

Don’t forget church Sunday.

Our Readers Write 

Dear Editor,

In response to the letter from L.A. Davis of Beallsville, I will say only that our hard-working volunteers do return every call from messages left on our answering machine. Messages are checked several times a day. As one of the co-directors of the Humane Society of Monroe County, I am thrilled that we have a fabulous group of volunteers. These dedicated people give hours of their time, and frequently their money, and are doing a wonderful job of helping as many of the abused and neglected animals of Monroe County as possible. Of course, there is never enough time or money to go around, but these volunteers truly care for the animals and never complain, just do the job and then as what else needs to be done. I can’t thank them enough. Often our husbands and wives and family members roll their eyes when we say “I have to go to the shelter”, so I also thank them for their understanding. You are all a great bunch. And yes, we can always use more volunteers.

I would also like to thank any of you who have ever dropped your change into the donation cans located in many of our local retail establishments. Believe me, those pennies and nickels add up! We have also had some local residents who have taken it upon themselves to collect money on our behalf. If you have ever stopped by the shelter and dropped off a bottle of bleach or laundry detergent or a bag of pet food, I sincerely thank you. If you have ever purchased a pie or cookies at one of our bake sales, or donated baked goods, I sincerely thank you. Every little act of kindness helps these animals get healthy and get adopted into great homes.

And of course, my everlasting gratitude goes out to the vets and staff of the Woodsfield Veterinary Service. Their willingness to see yet another shelter dog or cat on short notice when I know they are squeezing us into an already full schedule makes our job a little easier. They, like us, hate to see an animal suffer any longer than necessary. We depend entirely upon donations and the money we can raise at functions like bake sales and raffles to keep our shelter operating. Our vet bill alone last month was $1600. We spay and neuter every pet we adopt out and we also have a voucher program through the Woodsfield Veterinary Service to help county residents with the cost of spaying and neutering their cats. When we have funds in the account, we also help people with money towards spaying or neutering their dogs. All this is to help reduce the number of dogs and cats needing to be placed in homes.

In a perfect world, we would have a gorgeous shelter, like those shows on Animal Planet, with heat and air conditioning and water that never runs out. We would have a veterinarian on staff and someone who was paid to scoop poop and scrub kennels and make sure that the light bulbs were changed and the grass was mowed. We would be able to take in every sad, hungry, abused, sick, neglected, or abandoned animal. But wait, in a perfect world, there would be no need for us, would there?

Please join us at our second Adoption Day of the summer on Aug. 21 from noon - 4 p.m.

Sincerely, Cathy Moore
Humane Society of Monroe County

Janet Stoffel was kind enough to allow the Beacon to publish the following letter.

Dear Janet Stoffel,

I enjoyed reading the story of Charles Feiock and the old Red & White store. My grand-parents lived behind the high school. Vincent and Sarah (Hayes?) Dillon and my great-grandparents were Hamilton and Elizabeth Denbow Dillon.

The children of Vincent Dillon were Harry, Erma, Raymond Ci Dillon and my father Lawrence Dillon. Si Dillon went around turning the gas street lights on before the year 1938. He also was in charge of the tobacco house  for Ben Butts. They were related to all of the Denbows. Billy Patton, stone mason. Also to George Scott and Marie. I think the three young boys in your picture were the Dillon boys, Lawrence, Si and Harry.  On the right of the picture Jack Scott also lived on Main St

I am an 81-year-old Korean War veteran and the son of Lawrence Dillon. Thank you for putting the story in the paper. I went in the store as a little boy. 

(The writer notes he is 90 percent sure the following are pictured in the store photo: Lawrence Dillon, Ci Dillon, Harry Dillon and Jack Scott)

Best regards,
Richard and Irene Dillon


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Thomas E. Pettit, 80, died Aug. 9, 2010. He was born Nov. 27, 1929 in Circleville, a son of the late Arthur and Gertrude Pettit.

He was a graduate of Circleville High School and the US Naval Academy, served on the USS Douglas H. Fox. He received an MBA from The Ohio State University and had a career in sales. 

Surviving are his children, Jennie (Tom) Cherry, Susanne Brackman, David (Rhonda) Pettit; step-children, Kathy (Jeff) Johnson, Tony Gatten; siblings, Jack (Marilyn) Pettit, Leah Pettit, Sally Emerine; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lena Kahrig Pettit; brother, William Pettit.

Friends were received until time of service. A memorial service to honor Tom was held Aug. 13 at Schoedinger Northeast Chapel, Gahanna.

Sympathy expressions may be made to www.schoedinger.com

Ruby J. Thomas, 82, SR 556, Clarington, formerly of Logan, W.Va., died Aug. 10, 2010 at Wheeling Hospital. She was born Jan. 16, 1928 in Herndon, W.Va., a daughter of the late William T. and Isabelle Stedams Justice.

She was a member of the First Church of God in New Martinsville. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She loved to grow flowers, bake, sew, and especially loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are her husband, Berton Earle Thomas, whom she married on July 24, 1948; a daughter, Debra (John) Antill of Sardis; two grandchildren, Christy Eikleberry, Tony (Jamie) Delili; five great-grandchildren, Megan Eikleberry, Brandon Delili, Conner Delili, Emma Jewels Delili, Chase Delili; two sisters, Dorothy (David) Hunter of Orlando, Fla., Lorene Bellomy of Fayetteville, N.C.; two brothers, Vernon (Mabel) Justice of Cleveland, Larry (Ruth) Justice of Columbia Station; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends were received Aug. 13 at Grisell Funeral Home, Clarington, where funeral services were held Aug. 14, with Rev. Russ Whitener officiating. Burial followed in Clarington Cemetery.

Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com

Lucy E. Mallett

Lucy E. Mallett, 87, died Aug. 10, 2010 at her home at 334 Sycamore Valley, Miamisburg. She was born May 16, 1923 in Monroe County near Woodsfield, a daughter of the late Edward and Clara Paulus Starr.

On March 7, 1948 Lucy married her husband, Franklin, and they moved from Monroe County first to Columbus and thence to the Dayton area where she spent the last 60 years of her life. She was a devoted Christian all her life and until her declining health precluded her participation, she was very active in several United Methodist Churches, including Medway United Methodist and New Carlisle United Methodist Church. At the time of her death she was a member of the St. James United Methodist Church in Miamisburg. She will be remembered for her many services to the church and her God including Sunday School teacher, trustee of the church, membership secretary, president of the United Methodist Women and many other commissions and committees. Neither did she neglect her civic duties and served in many ways including election board representative, school system volunteer and Girl Scout troop leader. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother as well as a friend to all who knew her. She will be sadly missed.

Surviving are her husband, Franklin of 62 years; 3 daughters, Bonnie (Joseph) Melhart of Fort Worth, Texas, Beth (Floyd) Baker of Burke, Va., Belinda Mallett of Springboro; 2 sons, Bruce (Becky) Mallett of Atlanta, Ga., Brian (Elaine) Mallett of Belle Meade, N.J.; 13 grandchildren, Kelly Richey, Susan Hudson, Jennifer Bird, Hollie Hendershot, Lauren Melhart, Benjamin Mallett, Gregory Mallett, Douglas Mallett, Megan Baker, Ivan  Mallett, Floyd Baker IV, Joshua Baker, Elena Mallett; seven great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Richey, Ethan Richey, Alexis Bird, Michael Bird, Andrew Hendershot, Ashley Hender-shot, London Hudson.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Vernon, Roy, Ralph, Clarence; and three sisters, Mary Opan Starr, Edith Dixon, and Helen Starr.

Friends were received Aug. 13 at Trostel, Chapman, Dunbar & Farley Funeral Home, New Carlisle, where funeral service was held Aug. 14, with Rev. Deb Holder officiating, Lucy’s pastor. Burial followed in Medway Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the St. James United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 401 Carlwood Dr., Miamisburg, OH 45342.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.trostelchapman.com

Dorothy Maxine Brown Habermehl 
Dorothy Maxine Brown Habermehl, 89, Grove City, formerly of Clarington, died Aug. 10, 2010. She was born Nov. 5, 1920 in Martins Ferry, a daughter of the late George and Mary Brown.

She was a graduate of Martins Ferry High School. She moved to California and became the nanny to the former child movie star “Carolyn Lee”, whom she has always kept in close touch and has always cared for. She moved to Clarington and managed M&K before marrying James Habermehl. She and James were avid supporters of the River High School, where their son, Jim, played sports, and Dorothy won “Booster of the Year Award”. She loved to collect antiques, Avon ornaments, salt and pepper shakers, and family history. She was known for baking Christmas cookies and could always be found watching ESPN or CNN (sometimes at the same time). She attended Immanuel United Church of Christ and was a member of the Golden Links in Clarington and enjoyed the time spent and friends made at Hoover House in Grove City. She enjoyed time with her grandchildren, aimed to please and was kind-hearted.

Surviving are her loving son, Jim (Patty) Habermehl, Jr.; two grandchildren, Julie (Kris) Camp, Mitch (Eunice) Habermehl; two great-grandchildren on the way; five sisters, Lu Lopreste of Warwood, W.Va., Shirley (Joe) Yanchak, JoAnne Nobile both of Windsor Heights, W.Va., Clara (Dusty) Steele of Lake City, S.C., Barbara Snyder of Martins Ferry.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James F. Habermehl Sr., in 1995; sisters Elsie Conway, Evelyn Fishow; brother, Charles Brown.

Friends were received Aug. 14 until time of memorial services at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Clarington, with Rev. Gardner Curtis officiating. Inurnment immediately followed in Clarington Cemetery.

The Golden Links served a luncheon at the church immediately after the internment.

Memorial contributions may be made in Dorothy’s memory to River High School Athletic Boosters, P.O. Box 37, Hannibal, OH 43931 or Monroe County River Museum, P.O. Box 162.

Arrangements entrusted to Schoedinger Midtown Chapel.

Condolences may be offered at www.schoedinger.com 

David E. “Butch” Weddle, 61, 41246 Plainview Rd., Woodsfield, died Aug. 13, 2010 at the Marymount Hospital, Garfield Heights. He was born Oct. 28, 1948, in Wheeling, a son of Sara Petty Weddle Cleveland of Harrod, and the late Samuel Emerson Weddle.

He was a self-employed timber cutter and farmer; a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Vietnam War; a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Woodsfield. He enjoyed hunting, archery, 4-wheeling and the outdoors.

Surviving are his step-father, Floyd Cleveland of Lima; three daughters, Jennifer Weddle of Woodsfield, Jodi (Joseph) Arnold of Bedford, Va., Angela Weddle of Woodsfield; a son, David E. Weddle of Bedford, Va.; three sisters, Marilyn (James) Williams of Harrod, Beverly (David) Contris of Goldsboro, N.C., Leesa Robb of Dearborn, Missouri; seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Friends were received Aug. 17 at Watters Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held Aug. 18, at 11 a.m. Inurnment will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard St., Alexandria, Va. 22311 or to the VFW Post 5303, 112 North Sycamore St., Woodsfield, OH 43793.

Don Philip Fankhauser, 80, passed peacefully after an extended illness on Aug. 14, 2010 at his home in Murrells Inlet, S.C., with his wife, Elinor, by his side. He was the son of Paul Fankhauser and Jessie Isaly Fankhauser of Monroe County. He was born in Ohio, lived in the D.C. area, and in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia before moving to South Carolina in 2009.

He was a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a degree in forestry and wildlife. He worked for the Fish and Wildlife Service in Patuxent, MD. for 19 years. He was a teacher both in public schools and as a ski instructor. He operated a canoe rental business on the Shenandoah River for over 25 years.

He was a U.S. Army veteran during the Korean War. He assembled Nike rockets in White Sands, N.M.; was a charter member of the Harrisonburg Unitarian Universalist Church and sang in the choir. He was an avid tennis player, skier, fisherman, loved games and outdoor activities.

In addition to his loving and caring wife of 49 years, Elinor; surviving are two sons, Ronald (Asya Lesly), Douglas (Sheila) Fankhauser of Murrells Inlet; grandchildren, Forrest Allen and Lucas Philip Fankhauser of Mineral, Calif.

A memorial service will be held in Virginia at a later date.

Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.

Mary H. Dailey, 84, of Monroe County Care Center, Woodsfield, died Aug.14, 2010 at Barnesville Hospital, Barnesville. She was born near Graysville on July 4, 1926, a daughter of the late Walter Willison and Francis Lowther Willison Ward.

She was a former waitress and cook at various restaurants in Woodsfield. She was a member of the Woodsfield Church of Christ and enjoyed cooking and baking.

Surviving are two daughters, Sue (James) Hooper of Woodsfield, Bonnie (John) Giesy of Loudenville; a son, Jerry (Wanda) Dailey of Pickerington; four grandchildren, Kurt and Todd Hooper, Beth Evans, Kimberly Dailey; seven great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; a step-great-grandson; and a sister, Donna Sims of Watertown.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd C. “Foxy” Dailey on Aug. 19, 2009; and a brother, Nelson Willison.

Friends will be received Aug.18, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where funeral services will be held Aug. 19, at 11 a.m., with Sam Bartrug officiating. Burial will follow in the Antioch Cemetery. 

Ralph Kinney, 72, Jerusalem, died Aug. 12, 2010 at his home after a three-year fight with caner. He was born April 3, 1938 near New Castle, a son of the late Harry and Mary Zurcher Kinney.

He had previously been employed by General Tele-phone, Hoosier Engineer-ing and Hinkle-McCoy, but because of his life-long love of farming, he never retired and he farmed as long as his health permitted. He attended the Pleasant Ridge United Methodist Church and was a member of the Rock Hill Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of the Belmont Grange; Monroe County 4-H Sale Committee and he had been a 4-H advisor for many years.

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Miriam Giffin Kinney; four sons, Bob (Cheryl) Kinney of Summerfield, Cecil Kinney of Beallsville, Richard (Dyann) Kinney, Brian “BJ” (Nicole) Kinney, all of Jerusalem; two daughters, Donna (Joe) Baker of Somerton, Patti Heath of Beallsville; three sisters, Wanda (Bill) Thomas, Jenny (Arlen) Phillips, both of Apple Creek, Phyllis (Mick) Phillips of Fushing; 19 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Joe; a grandson, Jonathan; and a brother, Charles.

Friends were received Aug. 15 at Harper Funeral Home, Beallsville, where funeral services were held Aug. 16, with Pastor Tina Gallaher and Rusty Atkinson officiating. Burial followed in Beallsville Cemetery.

Online condolences may be offered at www.harperfh.net.