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Feb. 19, 2009
Wind Storm Hits County
Downs Large Pine at EOC Office
This large pine, which stood in front of the Emergency Management Office,
Moore Ridge Road, Woodsfield, was uprooted Feb. 11 when excessive high winds
hit Monroe County. According to Rick Schuerman, MCEMA Coordinator, at the
height of the storm there were 60+ mile per hour winds. “It made an horrific
sound when the tree came down,” said Schuerman, noting that they were very
fortunate that it only took a piece of spouting with it. The meeting which
was going on at the time of the storm was moved to the basement for safety’s
sake. Photo Courtesy of EOC
Underwood is shown beside what is left of a 14ʼx70ʼ mobile home located at
the intersection of SR26 and Hartshorn Ridge. The roof and other debris was
strewn across the highway and into an adjacent field.
Photos by Martha Ackerman
Debris from the roof of the Underwood mobile home was blown onto SR26 and
into an adjacent field.
Woodsfield Village Administrator Jeff Woodell stands in the midst of the
havoc caused by excessively high winds which hit Woodsfield about 7 p.m.
Feb. 11. Westwood Landing and Woodsfield Nursing and Rehab Center were
without power until approximately 11:30 a.m. Feb. 12.
Woodsfield Municipal Power employees used a backhoe and truck with a cable
to lower this utility truck down an embankment to repair a cross bar and
line. Orchard Lane residents were without power until early afternoon Feb.
12. Shown in the bucket is Dana Weber. Alongside the truck is Paul Highman.
Another tree is a casualty in the wind storm which hit the Woodsfield area
Feb. 11. This large blue spruce narrowly missed the Mike and Becky Ricer
home located on East High Street.
by Ohio’s First Lady
Woodsfield couple was among those honored at the “Joined Hearts in Giving”
reception, hosted by First Lady Frances Strickland and the Ohio Department
of Aging. Tony and Darlene Quails, center, are shown with Barbara Riley,
Director, Ohio Department of Aging, and Ohio’s First Lady Frances
Strickland. The reception was held Feb. 13 in Columbus.
First Lady Frances Strick-land and
the Ohio Department of Aging hosted the “Joined Hearts in Giving” reception
Feb. 13 to recognize 31 older couples who volunteer and have been married
for 40 years or longer.
Among the honored couples were Tony
and Darlene Quails of Woodsfield. The couple has been married more than 51
years. Darlene is an active volunteer at the Woodsfield Nursing and
Rehabilitation Center where she helps to organize church services for the
residents. She also has organized opportunities for her church to support
residents who may not have visitors.
Tony is retired from Ormet
Corporation and Darlene retired from the Farmer’s Home Administration’s
The Quails have been active members
of the First Baptist Church in Woodsfield for all their married lives,
serving as volunteers and as various officers. They also have trained with
the Ohio State Conven-tion of Southern Baptists’ Disaster Relief Team,
helping those affected by natural disasters including the 9-1-1 ground zero
disaster and the victims of Katrina in Mississippi.
Over the years, they have actively
participated in a variety of church mission trips, which included cleaning,
cooking, helping with soccer camps and tournaments, leading choirs, clowning
ministries and leading services in nursing homes.
The Quails are the parents of three
children: Tony (Alma) Quails, Angie (John) Hare, and Anita (Mark) Hoke. Five
grandchildren: Anthony (Kumi) Quails, Nathan Quails, Brandon and Brian Hare
and Britney Hoke; and four great-grandchildren: Libby, Will, Sarah and Aiden
Quails complete the family circle.
The family feels blessed to still
have Darlene’s mother Eunice Workman, who is 98 years old and resides at the
Woodsfield Nursing and Rehab Center.
Woodsfield United Methodist Church Donates to Operation UpLink ~
John Weber, co-owner of Weber’s Drugs and finance chair for Woodsfield
United Methodist Church presented Woodsfield VFW Post 5303 Commander Alonzo
Wilson with a check for Operation UpLink. Operation UpLink, a program in
which the VFW post participates, provides phone cards to soldiers serving in
Afghanistan and Iraq. Also shown is VFW senior vice Roger Elliott and Bob
Mitchell, pastor of the Woodsfield United Methodist Church. Other programs
supported by the church include the Boy Scout and Cub Scout programs and a
Retires, Closes Sawmill
Wilson and his son Bob are shown at Wilson Lumber and Logging. Alonzo is
closing the sawmill operation, but Bob will continue the logging end of the
by Martha Ackerman
After 33 years in business, Alonzo
Wilson is retiring and closing his sawmill operation, Wilson Lumber and
Logging, located off State Route 78, east of Woodsfield. He and his wife
Sherry plan to enjoy traveling in the United States and doing a lot of salt
Alonzo is also currently commander of
Woodsfield VFW Post 5303, where he oversees the different programs the post
Wilson grew up in the logging
business. In the mid ‘50s he used to ride the horses in and out of the woods
and unhook the loads when they got to the log yard.
“At that time we cut a lot of mine
posts and chipwood,” said Wilson, who was about 10 years old at the time.
In the early ‘60s, Wilson worked for
his uncles Bill and Delbert Wilson, who logged in the local area. Alonzo
enjoyed the outside and learned the logging business. At that time the
Wilsons used an old 1010 John Deere dozer in the business.
Alonzo enlisted in the Marine Corps
in 1965. He served one year and eight months in Vietnam. The last year in
the Marines he was on the security staff, 2nd Marine Division Headquarters,
Camp LeJeune, NC, for Major General Wheeler. He was released from active
duty in November 1969.
Alonzo worked for Y&O Coal in
Beallsville for five years, while keeping his hand in the logging business.
In 1976 he quit the mine and started his own logging business operating as
Wilson Lumber and Logging. He sold logs to various saw mills in the area. In
1979 he bought his first mill from Homer Suter, of the Sardis area. The
business kept growing and in 1989 he bought a new Edmonson all automatic
mill. Most of the lumber cut at the mill went to export yards.
Alonzo enjoyed his work in the
outdoors. His son Bob grew up in the business and began working for
his father as soon as he was old enough to go into the woods. Bob has run
the sawmill since 1990, noted Alonzo. Bob has worked as a sawyer for 19
years. He will continue the logging end of the business, operating as Wilson
Bob is a certified Ohio Forestry
Association master logger and is a member of the Steel Valley Logger’s
Central, Beallsville Earn OVAC Championships
Monroe Central Lady Seminoles and the
Beallsville Lady Blue Devils each brought home OVAC championships in girls
basketball action Feb. 14.
The Lady Noles earned their second
Class AA Wheeling Hospital OVAC laurels when they defeated Shadyside’s Lady
Tigers 50-42 at Ohio University Eastern.
Aleisha Guiler scored 15 points and
grabbed 11 rebounds sparking Coach Troy Baker’s team to the win.
While Guiler overcame a slow start to
play a pivotal role in the game, two Monroe Central underclassmen also made
Sophomores Alex Kuhn scored 11 points
and Whitney Marshall added 10 as the Seminoles won their 16th game in 19
starts on the season.
Trailing 42-35 in the fourth quarter,
the Lady Tigers rallied to make it a 42-39 game, but the Lady Noles were not
to be outdone. Senior Justine LaFollette came up big nailing a 7-foot jumper
to make it a 44-39 contest.
The Tigers came back to close the gap
to 44-41 at the 0:43 mark. Senior Kim Lafferre’s two foul shots upped the
score to 46-41. A Tiger free throw reduced the deficit to 46-42. LaFollette
and senior Karlie Davis each had two foul shots to close out the scoring to
bring the hard-fought final to 50-42.
“We had dropped two regular-season
games to Shadyside, so naturally, our girls were looking forward to this
third meeting,” said Baker. “I’m especially pleased for our seniors. This
second OVAC title is a tribute to their hard work and dedication ... And I
can’t say enough about Shadyside. They are a quality team in every respect.”
Senior Alyssa Headley dropped in a
game-high 18 points as the Beallsville Lady Blue posted a 58-37 win over
unbeaten Bishop Donahue for the Class A OVAC championship title.
The victory moves Coach Terry
Jarrett’s Beallsville squad to 16-3 on the season, but more importantly
erases the memories of last season’s loss to St. John Central in the
conference title game.
After a slow start, the Lady Devils
scored seven points in the final 2:16 of the first quarter to cut the
deficit to 13-7.
After trailing 15-9 with 6:21 showing
in the half, the Lady Devils went on a 14-1 spree to pull ahead 27-19 at the
While Headley finished with game-high
18 points and 13 rebounds, Brandi Contos added 15 points and Alexis Kanzigg
contributed 10 points and 12 boards.
Overall, from the final second of the
first quarter until the 2:44 mark of the third, Beallsville outscored the
Bishops by a 35-9 margin.
“We felt that we should be back this
year and it was a goal of ours,” said Jarrett. “These girls work so hard and
play so well together and they deserve everything they get ... This team is
very unselfish and I think the big key to our success is doing the things we
do in the summer and playing the bigger teams that we play. We are always a
very aggressive team and that is how you win championships.
“Not to take anything away from
Bishop Donahue, but once we really got going, I felt it was going to end up
like it did. You have to give all the credit to these young ladies. They
work so hard. I think that playing high-quality teams is also a big factor
in getting to this point,” added Jarrett.
Monroe Central - OVAC Class AA Champs
- Kim Lafferre 2, Justine LaFollette 6, Karlie Davis 6, Whitney Marshall 10,
Alex Kuhn 11, Aleisha Guiler 15.
Beallsville - OVAC Class A Champs -
Alyssa Headley 18, Tori Jarrett 5, Rebecca Garlick 7, Alexis Kanzigg 10,
Kristin Lallathin 3, Brandi Contos 15.
EULA M. DARRAH
Eula M. Darrah, 85, Boltz Ridge,
Clarington, died Feb. 10, 2008, at Belmont Community Hospital, Bellaire. She
was born Feb. 1, 1924 in Clarington, a daughter of the late Lloyd and
Florence Bigler Isaly.
Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com.
LYLE C. FISHER
Lyle Charles Fisher, 45, Cambridge,
died Feb. 3, 2009 at his home. He was born Jan. 9, 1964 in Fayette County, a
son of Larry and Linda Fliehman Fisher of Woodsfield. Messages of support
and sympathy can be sent to
BIRDIE D. FINNEY
Birdie D. Finney, 68, 331 Guilford
Ave., Woodsfield, died Feb. 11, 2009 at her home. She was born Aug. 30, 1940
in Wellsburg, W.Va., a daughter of the late Elmer and Cleo Hall Carducci.
Online condolences may be expressed
DEBRA M. VANWY
Debra M. Vanwy, 50, 44512 SR 78,
Woodsfield, died Feb. 13, 2009 at Wetzel County Hospital, New Martinsville,
W.Va. She was born April 17, 1958 in Niles, a daughter of John and Joan Day
Roe of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Myron and Marilyn Vanwy of Ft. Myers, Fla.
Online condolences may be expressed at
NANCY EILEEN MOATS
Nancy Eileen Moats, 45, Jerusalem,
died Feb. 15, 2009 at Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus. She
was born May 12, 1963 in Barnesville, a daughter of the late Robert R. and
Janet L. Stewart Lohr of Rt. 1, New Matamoras.
Condolences may be expressed at
Anger is never
without a reason, but seldom with a good one.
The doors of wisdom are never shut.
The old saying goes, “There’s nothing
new under the sun.” I tend to agree except maybe some changes over the
One new thing I read about the other
day is something called a “Smart Board” is invading our school classrooms. I
understand it can do everything a computer can do plus things you can’t do
on a computer. In fact, I guess it can do about anything but go to the
restroom for you. I understand it is operated by touching a screen rather
than moving a mouse around. All of this for 3000 dollars.
I’m telling you the smart board is
nothing new. I went to grade school back in the late 30s and we had our
smart board that carried on into my high school years and even into a number
of years after I started teaching.
The smart board I remember, and the
one many of you remember, hung on a nail on the end of our black board. They
came in various sizes and some even had holes bored in it. I’m not sure why.
Believe me, none of us were anxious
to use our smart board. I did use it once and didn’t breathe easy for a
couple or three weeks for fear they would find out about it at home.
I remember once our teacher was using
our smart board to teach a student when it busted and pieces flew
everywhere. Must have been made of poor material. This didn’t stop him. He
went next door and pulled another smart board off a locust tree. Believe me,
we got smart in a hurry when we saw this.
We didn’t get to use this smart board
but in a few days we saw another smart board, developed a bit stronger than
the old one, hanging on the edge of our blackboard. I’m sure it did not cost
Now our smart board can only be used
if parents give the OK to use it. Our governor wants to outlaw our smart
board altogether. So be it, times change along with our students. We were so
abused. It’s a wonder any of us made it. The old saying has little value
today. “Spare the rod, spoil the child.”
Turn on your TV today and you see and
hear how bad things are nowadays and very little good news. They think it
isn’t news unless it’s bad. I’ve found a way to forget all the bad things
going on in our country, state and wherever. Sunday evening on the RFD
channel the rerun of an old Hee Haw program. I don’t care if you do not like
country music or stupid jokes, many are kind of stupid, just enjoy and you
will forget your troubles. I try to watch it as often as I can and recall
when we watched it on a regular basis. I don’t care what you say; it’s more
interesting and fun to watch Hee Haw than watching fat people lose weight. I
don’t know how someone can think up such stupid programs. Hee Haw.
I hope you’re happy. The snow has
gone and we have possible flooding. You just can’t win. I’m glad I live on
high ground. Of course you need to get ready for the next batch of snow to
That pile of stuff by the barn near
the hay lot is getting larger and larger. I guess we’ll have to have some of
it hauled away or it will get in our way. We can cut down the size by using
our sled. It slides good when it’s wet.
It seems as though all we do around
here is pitch or shovel. We pitch our hay on the wagon, pitch it into the
hay mow, pitch it back in the mow, pitch it down to the cows, pitch it so
the cows can eat it, pitch what works through the old cows into a wheel
barrow, dump it in a pile out back, pitch it on a sled or wagon and finally
pitch it off and scatter on the field. By the time this is completed it’s
nearly time to start pitching hay on the wagon again. All of this for milk
to drink and use, home churned butter and selling a dab of milk for 10 cents
a quart. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Hee Haw.
Times change. I enjoy thinking and
remembering things that happened 70 or 75 years ago and many of you have
mentioned some of the things I write bring back memories. Kids today can’t
believe what some of us had to go through. A one or two room school house,
four or eight grades in a room, outside johns, the only running water was in
the creek. Yet we got along ok with readin’, writin’ and ’rithmatic. We even
had penmanship, a skill that I’ve lost the touch unless I slow down. I
still, however, recall the basic skills for writing correctly.
This weather reminds me it’s time to
start thinking about tin can shinny, king of the hill on the ash pile that
has built up on the alley in front of the school house and marble season
will be rolling around shortly.
Laryngitis offers one compensation -
people will believe anything that is whispered.
Church on Sunday? Try it. You’ll like
Bible readings: (Mon.) Genesis 6:1-8;
(Tues.) Exodus 25:1-9; From Deuteronomy (Wed.) 2:26-30; (Thurs.) 5:28-33;
(Fri.) 8:1-20; (Sat.) 10:12-21; (Sun.) Ezekiel 11:14-21.