County Road 14 in the
Valley area has become the
road of choice used by many logging company truck drivers.
Heavily loaded semis like this one on CR14 are turning once
solid roadways into mud pits.
Photo by Missy Alleman
‘A Precarious Situation’
by Taylor Abbott
area residents are raising concerns about the stability of a
bridge on County Road 16.
Don Hercher and his wife Judy reside near the bridge. Both say
they have watched numerous loaded logging trucks cross the small
bridge. Don believes the county needs to take a second look at
the bridge’s weight limit. A sign near the bridge asks drivers
to reduce their loads by half. He says the trucks are still
crossing it full.
Judy worries what might happen if the bridge fails while
vehicles are crossing it. Don believes it will eventually do
just that. Judy called the bridge’s weakening state “a
Upon inspection of the bridge, the paved surface shows
noticeable cracks and depressions. At least one of these cracks
run the width of the bridge. Further inspection beneath the
bridge shows a much more dangerous picture.
Built in 1968, the bridge spans a small creek about 20 feet
wide. Large steel beams supporting the bridge are showing
noticeable signs of deterioration. Rust and crumbling steel near
the center of the bridge worry Don.
The 42-year-old bridge appears to be buckling under the weight
of the logging trucks, noted the Herchers. The steel has become
so brittle that Don was able to pick large pieces of it away
with his fingers. Smaller pieces of steel that have fallen off
as vehicles crossed the bridge, litter the ground.
Hercher has asked the county repeatedly to do something about
the issue of logging trucks crossing the bridge. He noted that
the trucks are not only crossing the bridge but are heavily
damaging the roads in the Sycamore Valley
area. He added further that he feels a culvert near his home
will not last much longer if the trucks continue crossing it.
County officials have asked the logging company to reduce their
loads. Lonnie Tustin, county engineer, estimates the road
repairs will cost nearly $25,000. He reported that the logging
company will be held responsible for half the bill.
Commissioners requested that the trucks not run until 9 a.m. The
delay will give bus drivers ample time to complete their routes
without fear of meeting a truck.
Hercher hopes that this matter will be resolved quickly. He
noted he will continue monitoring the trucks when they pass his
house and cross the bridge. He says that it is not a matter of
“if” the bridge fails, it is “when.” Hercher added that he hopes
he is wrong and that it never happens.
road damage was addressed at the Jan. 19 meeting of the Monroe
Concerned citizens angered by logging trucks in the Sycamore Valley
area sought answers from county officials during their Jan. 19
County commissioners John Pyles, Tim Price, and Carl Davis were
in the Sycamore Valley area along with Sheriff Chuck
Black Jan. 19. Residents living along County Road 14 said they
are fed up with overweight logging trucks damaging their roads.
Don and Judy Hercher were present at the intersection of CR 14
and 16 to speak with
officials. Both voiced concerns about the condition of the road
and the residents who travel it. Also among their concerns is
the bridge on CR16 which has been used frequently by the logging
Residents said that on Jan. 18 Read more in the Feb. 4
Beacon, more photos also
Around the Burnside
We don’t know where we are or where we are going until we
understand where we’ve been. In this world of give and take, not
enough people are willing to give what it takes. One thing about
writing Around the Burnside early is I forget when another one
I don’t write things down except doctor appointments and my
memory seems to last only long enough for me to forget. So I’m
not sure if I’m up-to-date or not. Oh well. I’ve been thinking
about something for a long time now so maybe it’s time to get it
off my chest. My Pappy once said, “You’re wasting your time
beating a dead horse.” I feel like maybe I keep beating a dead
horse by harping about what appears to be the death of our FFA
Chapter and, who knows, maybe the Agriculture Education in our
county. If it happens, maybe no one cares or is willing to do
anything about it. I can’t help it; I joined the FFA and
vocational agriculture when I was a sophomore in high school.
OK, I will admit I joined because of friends. They had a good
softball team and needed a catcher. We didn’t have a baseball
team back then. I guess I filled the bill, never dreaming I
would be a part of and closely associated with FFA for the most
part of the next 50 years or more. As I look back I’m not sure I
would change anything.
Well, maybe a thing or two. It has been a pleasure and
opportunity to work with some of the top young people in our
county and state. It couldn’t be more enjoyable, most of the
time. When Swiss Hills opened, Beallsville’s and Skyvue’s Vo Ag
programs went half time and when, as I understand, a freshman
required class was scheduled the same time as agriculture they
both died. Swiss Hills program started with several seniors and
very little facilities. We had no 220 electric service in the
shop and very little equipment. I don’t even recall having a
welder. With help and work the facility was improved. Gary Cook
started teaching the juniors the second year and with more
improvements things started to take off. Over the next few years
the chapter teams started hanging banners won in state contests
on the classroom wall. District trophies and plaques started
showing up on shelves and cases. As time went on, all four walls
of the classroom were filled with banners won at state contests.
Not only several trophies won in national contests joined the
state trophies. The Swiss Hills Chapter had become one of the
top chapters in the district and state.
Now it appears to be nothing. You might say I’m bragging;
however, you can’t help being proud of what they accomplished.
It’s not so much what
and I contributed but more what our young people accomplished
when given the opportunity. Another big factor was the parents’
and related businesses’ help and support. I just hope our FFA
chapter and agriculture education is not a dead horse but maybe
just a little under the weather. I know it’s been over for a
month or more but I enjoyed it. Yes, Ohio State
won the Rose Bowl; however, I enjoy the parade as much as the
game. I remember watching it and asking, “Wouldn’t it be great
if you could watch it in color?” I watched the parade on the RFD
channel. I tuned in an hour before the start of the parade to
watch the story of building the FFA float that was to be in the
parade for the first time. It was really interesting, even near
by chapters made the trip to help build the float. Even the
children and grandchildren who had been members of the FFA sent
their mother to allow her work on the float. They also sponsored
all the state presidents to help and march in the parade. Each
of them during the program introduced themselves with their
chapter names and state. Yes, there were a number of young
ladies serving as president of their state FFA. They marched in
front of the float yelling RFD-FFA. It did this old heart good
to watch these outstanding young men and women. I’ll bet you
didn’t know that 11 of the 15 largest cities in the US have FFA chapters? I would also
like to add, although late, a welcome to Martha, our new General
Manager. I just hope she doesn’t fire me. Remember:
Old age is always 10 years older than you are. Don’t forget
School bus safety is becoming a concern here in the Switzerland
of Ohio Local School District. Local bus drivers have reported a
number of incidents where motorists do not stop for the red
flashing lights and the stop sign arm; therefore, putting school
children who are boarding the bus at risk.
Students shown, from left, are: Summer Mahoney, Kylie Milhoan
and Jeremy Milhoan. Bus driver is Amy Brown.
School Bus Safety a
by Martha Ackerman
According to Marc Ring, Director of the Support Services for the
Switzerland of Ohio Local School District (SOLSD), school bus
safety is becoming an increasing concern.
Student injuries and fatalities occur as a result of motorists
who attempt to pass a stopped school bus with flashing red
warning lights while students load or unload. Ohio Revised Code
4511.75 requires motorists to stop for a school bus anytime it
has stopped for students to load or unload. Motorists may not
resume motion until the school bus driver turns off the lights,
releases the stop sign arm and resumes travel.
“Ensuring the safety of student as they enter and exit the bus
is crucial,” said Ring. “We train our bus drivers to be
cautious, but we need help from motorists to make sure they
watch for the stop arm and flashing red lights as this is an
indication the bus has stopped to load or unload children.”
On Jan. 21, a high school student in
was struck and killed by a passing motorists as she crossed the
street to board her school bus. The bus was stopped, red lights
flashing and the stop sign deployed.
“No issue is so urgent that motorists cannot wait for a school
bus,” continued Ring.
According to Amy Brown, a SOLSD bus driver, a highway patrolman
told bus drivers to get the license plate numbers of the
vehicles which disobey these vital school bus laws, and turn
them in. It is the only citation that can be given without a
state trooper being present, they were told.
Brown noted that bus drivers traveling on Route 7 have more
incidents of motorists failing to stop for the flashing lights
and the stop sign arm.
“It’s hard to get the license plate numbers,” said Brown, noting
the vehicles are traveling faster and the driver is getting the
students on and off the bus.
“Despite the flashing red lights in the school zone, we have
cars passing the school when students are loading and unloading.
They just drive on through. We even have a policeman standing
there sometimes and they still disobey the flashing lights,”
said Woodsfield Elementary Principal Cassie Anderson.
The safety of students is vital. Remember! It is against the law
to pass a school bus when the red lights are flashing and the
stop arm is out!
New Clock Installed in
The Sardis Community Improvement Organization (SCIO) has
purchased a clock for the town. Shown installing the clock on
the corner of Mound and Muskingum Streets are Rodney Rufener and
Ty Ash. See
The Beacon for the rest of the story ...
W. MARIE PERKINS W.
Marie Perkins, 91, Beallsville, went to be with our
Lord Jan. 26, 2010. She was born June 27, 1918, in Belmont, a
daughter of the late Walter and Violet Gregg McFarland.
She was a member of the Beallsville First Christian Church, and
a lifelong devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She retired from the
District. Surviving are four
Jarrett of Beallsville, Jean (Lewis) Wharton of Urbana, Vera (Don) White of Bethesda, Wilda
Perkins of Beallsville; a son, Lowell (Lisa) Perkins of St.
Clairsville; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; several
nieces and nephews and one very special granddaughter, Karly
Showalter. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death
by her husband, James C. Perkins; two sisters, Helen Jarrett,
Audrey Sellers; and two brothers, Lowell and Wayne McFarland.
Friends were received Jan. 28 at Kelly-Kemp Braido Funeral Home,
where services were held Jan. 29, with Wayne Clark officiating.
was at Holly
Gardens, Colerain. Memorial
contributions may be made to the Beallsville First Christian
Church, Box C, Beallsville, OH
43716, or the
of Ohio Local School District
(New Beallsville School Cafeteria
Fund), 304 Mill St.,
Woodsfield, OH 43793.
Bill Phillips, 61, Beallsville, died Jan. 28, 2010 in
Barnesville Health Care Center. He was born Oct. 18, 1948 in
Beallsville, a son of Irene Barricklow Phillips of Beallsville,
and the late Homer Phillips. He was an employee of Ohio Valley
Coal #6 Mine near Beallsville; a U.S. Army veteran, a member of
Sunsbury Lodge 362 F & AM and Scottish Rite, Valley of Cambridge;
and a member of American Legion Post #768
Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his wife of 41 years,
Judy Schaffer Phillips; a daughter, Kim (Jamie) Ali of Cranberry
three grandchildren, Emily, Connor and Owen Ali; a brother, Mick
(Phyllis) Phillips of
three sisters, Sue (Jack) Brown of Jerusalem, Marcy Pandy of
Beallsville, Brenda Craig of Armstrongs Mills; and his
mother-in-law, Eva Schaffer of Barnesville. In addition to his
father, he was preceded in death by an infant son and his
father-in-law, Paul Schaffer. Friends were received Jan. 30 at
Harper Funeral Home, Beallsville, where funeral services were
held Jan. 31, with Wayne Clark officiating. Burial followed in
Military honors were presented to the family and Masonic
services were conducted at the funeral home on Jan. 30. Memorial
contributions may be made to the Beallsville
P.O. Box 154, Beallsville, OH 43716 or the Beallsville VFD,
P.O. Box 68,
Online condolences may be offered at
Helen Selmon, 95, New Matamoras, went to be with the
Lord Jan. 27, 2010 at Selby
Hospital, Marietta. She was born in Sept. 27,
1914 in Washington County,
a daughter of the late George and Grace Lovett Barker. She
resided in the Monroe County
since October 2009.
Surviving are three daughters, Grace King of Graysville, Ruby
(Duane) Ring of Graysville, Wilma Selmon (and companion Bob
Fitzsimons) of East
Liverpool; two sons, George (Judy) Selmon
of Chester, W.Va., Walter Selmon of
East Liverpool; a daughter-in-law, Sherry
Selmon of New Matamoras; a sister, Jessie Tidd of
13 grandchildren, Pam (Roy)
Childress, Richard (Lisa) Earley, Greg
(Brenda) Earley, Brenda (Gregory) Motich, Debra (Jerry) Weddle,
Vicki (John) Guenther, Randall (Jackie) Ring, Bobbi Sayre, Lisa
Vance, Karen Darby, Denise Johnson, Christine (Bill) Hughes,
Jimmy Earley; 29 great-grandchildren and five
great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was
preceded in death by her husband, Jess V. Selmon, Nov. 1968; a
son, Robert Selmon, Nov. 2009, a sister, Ruth Steele and two
granddaughters. Friends were received Jan. 30 at Bauer-Turner
Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where funeral services were held Jan.
31, with Roger Rush officiating. Burial was in New
condolences may be expressed at www.bauerturner.com
Denzil D. “Ham” Hamilton, 78,
died Jan. 22, 2010 at St. Joseph’s Care
after a hard fought battle with Alzheimers. He was born May 18,
1931, in Woodsfield, a son of John and Hazel Hamilton. He was a
dedicated Christian and had attended First Christian Church
until his illness prevented it. He was a Prince among men and
was loved by all who knew him. He was a devoted loving husband,
father, grandfather and brother. He retired from SKF Tyson
Bearing in Massillon after 28 years of service. He later
worked for Colonial and The Pines Nursing Centers in Canton. Surviving are his
wife of 13 years, Linda; two sons, Bradley (Jill) Hamilton,
David (Cheryl) Horner; a daughter, Stacy (Tim) King, five
grandchildren, Brennan Hamilton, Kyler, McKala and Kaleigh King,
and Kyle Homer; three brothers, Don Hamilton of
Canton, Herb (Dorothy) Hamilton of
Navarre, Paul (Dorothy) Hamilton of Massillon; sister, Florence
Swallie of Woodsfield, sister-in-law, Barbara Chine of Orrville;
brother-in-law, Larry (Kathy) Polen of Phoenix, Ariz.; a special
nephew, Mark Hamilton who he loved dearly and was very close to;
many more nieces and nephews who also were loved; his best
friend, Mike Nair and son Shawn, who were always there for him;
and Donnie Wagner, who also helped; and he leaves behind his
Maggie and Killer. He was preceded in death by his first wife,
Mary; twin brother, Denver; brother, Jack Hamilton; and sister,
Edith Hogue. In accordance with Denzil’s wishes there was no
calling hours or service.
ALMA LOUISE MARTY
Alma Louise Marty, 84, Long Ridge Rd., Clarington, died Jan. 25,
2010 at her home. She was born Dec. 30, 1925 in Clarington, a
daughter of the late John Wesley and Alma Moser Marty. She was a
retired custodian at Hannibal Elementary School, a member of Zion
Grange #2242, and a member of Zion United Church of Christ in
Surviving are a sister, Doris (Harold) Byers of Wadsworth, and
nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded
in death by two brothers, Walter and Harry “Bud” Marty; two
sisters, Mildred Gordon, Wilma Marty; and a niece, Sara Jacobs.
Friends were received Jan. 30 at Grisell Funeral Home,
Clarington, with Rev. Glen Shedlock officiating. Burial in Mount
Clarington. Memorial contributions may be made to Zion United
of Christ, 50445 SR
536, Sardis, OH
FRITZIE L. ALLOWAY
Fritzie Lyn Schuler Alloway, 52, Wheeling, formerly of
Sardis, died Jan. 30, 2010 at her home.
She was born March 7, 1957 in Wheeling, a daughter of
Jackie Spears Schuler of Beallsville and the late Fritz Schuler.
Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her husband, Chris
Alloway; a daughter, Jessica (Quinn) Fallon of Columbus; a
brother, Tom (Dana) Schuler of Woodsfield; a sister, Robin
(Mark) Stephen of Beallsville; a nephew, Todd Schuler; and a
niece, Stephanie Cunningham. In addition to her father, she was
preceded in death by a brother, Terry F. Schuler. Friends were
received Feb. 1 until time of service at Harper Funeral Home,
Beallsville. Private inurnment will be held at the convenience
of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity
of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be offered at
DEBORAH CARR WITT
Deborah Sue “Susie” Carr Witt, 36, Woodsfield, formerly
of Elkins, W.Va.,
died Jan. 22, 2010 at
She was born Oct. 22, 1973, the daughter of Janet Westfall Carr
and the late Dale H. Carr. She was a graduate of Elkins High
School in 1992; was a loving mother; enjoyed doing crafts and
reading. She was a Lutheran by faith and continues to live on
when she chose the gift of life as an organ donor. Surviving, in
addition to her mother, are two sons, Cody Lee Witt and Caleb
Dillon Carr, fiance Chris Ewers of Woodsfied; former husband,
Timothy Witt of Powhatan Point; three step-sisters, Kerri Wegman,
Kristen Hedrick, Kelli Bender; step-mother, Deborah “Susie” Carr
Houser, all of Elkins; maternal grandmother, Helen Westfall of Clarksburg and many longtime friends. In
addition to her father, she was preceded in death by paternal
grandparents, Pete and Macey Carr. In honor of request her
remains were cremated. A memorial service will be held Feb. 6,
at 1 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church, Woodsfield. Donations can
be made to the American Diabetes Association in memory of Susie
Arrangements by Altmeyer Funeral Home, Wheeling.