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January 29, 2009
One-Time State Support for Building Levy in SOLSD
A district-wide meeting will be held
at 11 a.m. on Feb 9 at Beallsville High School. Jennifer Garrison, state
representative and majority floor leader of the 93rd District, and Michael
Shoemaker, executive director of Ohio School Facilities Commission, will
explain the opportunity for building new schools in the Switzerland of Ohio
Local School District at a reduced cost to area residents.
Supt. Larry Elliott and area
educators and coaches, Rita Walters, Jay Circosta, Mike Flannery and Dave
Caldwell, will explain their views on the state of district’s schools.
The local share of building new
schools has been reduced from 55 percent to 37 percent. The Ohio School
Facilities Commission (OFSC) will pay 63 percent of the total project cost.
The reduction is due to legislation backed by Rep. Garrison. In order to
benefit from this opportunity, voters will have just one chance to take
advantage of the reduction. The OSFC has only obligated monies until June
2009, thus creating a one-time window of opportunity.
All buildings, with the exception of
Swiss Hills Career Center, have a condition rating from the school
facilities commission suggesting replacement. New and renovated buildings
will provide for improved instructional spaces for students. New facilities
will also be built using “green building” requirements, thereby reducing
Increased property values will be a
result of the new infrastructure of quality schools in many of the
communities. These communities will positively be impacted through job
creation that comes with construction of new buildings, as well as related
Switzerland of Ohio voters will be
asked to go to the polls May 5 and approve an 8.19 mills levy. The levy
includes 7.69 mills for the bond issue and a 1/2 mill tax levy for
maintenance, which totals 8.19 mills.
This amounts to $00.819 for each $100
of assessed tax valuation. Assessed tax value is calculated as 35 percent of
a home’s tax valuation. This levy will be used to build/replace Beallsville
Elementary and Beallsville High School, Woodsfield Elementary, Skyvue
Elementary, Powhatan Elementary, Monroe Central High, combine and replace
Sardis and Hannibal Elementary schools and renovate River High.
The total return for the district
will be a building project costing more than $86 million. However, with this
one-time opportunity, the district will pay less than half the estimated
Approves $250,000 for MCCC Assisted Living Units
by Arlean Selvy
Word was received recently from the
Appalachian Regional Commission that a $250,000 grant has been approved for
Monroe County Care Center.
The grant will be used to construct
the addition of an 18 unit assisted living facility. The facility will be
attached to the U-shaped care center, forming a square and centered with an
outdoor garden/ recreation area.
Bob Reed and Ron White of SHARE, the
firm which manages the care center, announced the good news to county
commissioners at this week’s board meeting. Reed talked to officials about
selecting an architect and bond underwriter. He said they hope to be
ready to start work in mid-autumn.
On a motion by board president John
Pyles, commissioners will advertise for an architect.
Sheriff Chuck Black submitted a union
negotiated contract for signatures. Commissioner Tim Price moved to accept
the agreement, which is effective Feb. 1 through Jan. 31, 2012.
The contract calls for a clothing
increase from $500 to $600 per year and a two percent wage increase. The
question of wages will reopen in January 2010.
Jeanette Harter, director, Jobs and
Family Services, spoke to commissioners about the Secret Santa project
sponsored by JFS. She said they served 404 children and 193 families. They
had 31 sponsors who purchased for 182 children. JFS purchased for 222
At Harter’s request, officials
adopted a resolution which will allow limited usage of a credit card at JFS.
Harter explained there is now a credit card policy and only two staff
members will have access to the card, which is needed due to the WIA program
recently undertaken by JFS.
She requested and was granted an
executive session for the purpose of personnel with regard to compensation.
No action was taken following the 25 minute session.
Mike Knuchel, Woodsfield,
approached commissioners with regard to what he called a matter of ethics
and integrity at Monroe County Jobs and Family Services.
Knuchel noted the matter was being
brought to their attention on the advice of the Ohio Dept. of Jobs and
Family Services program integrity division, two attorneys and a judge.
He said he submitted a child support
modification review in November 2007. He was told by Bill Frank, Monroe
County JFS child support enforcement agency, that a review would be held on
Jan. 11, 2008; however, it did not take place. He said it was 12 months
before he received a letter saying the review was completed and child
support would be lowered. Knuchel’s former wife, Jeanette Harter, was JFS
assistant director at the time.
Modification was to go into effect
Feb. 1, 2008.
According to Frank, in a letter to
Knuchel and Harter, “Because of the unique situation presented by this case,
I volunteered to carry this case in a special confidential caseload and
perform the administrative modification review myself.” Frank, also the
attorney for JFS, explained it was the first review he had conducted and he
wanted to “analyze the information thoroughly...” Frank wrote that because
of these factors and other challenges presented by transitions in the CSEA
over 18 months, the recommendation was later than normal. Frank, in the
letter, then offered to personally reimburse the difference between the
order in effect before the proposed modification and the recommended order.
“I refused his offer and told him my
overpayment should be reimbursed by Mrs. Harter,” said Knuchel in a written
“Although a noble gesture by Mr.
Frank to want to personally reimburse me..., the responsibility lies with
Mrs. Harter who, as an administrator, should have put a stop to this
immediately. I feel that the series of events that have occurred are
completely unethical ...” said Knuchel.
Both Frank and Harter were in
attendance to voice their views. Frank said he felt the time elapsed was his
fault, as he had taken the case on, and he felt it was unfair to Knuchel as
he should have the use of his money. He said he also felt it unfair to Mrs.
Harter and the children.
Harter apologized to commissioners
that the matter had been brought to the board at a public meeting.
According to Frank, the case has been
transferred to Belmont County Court. He said the ultimate outcome of the
case has not been decided. He has given a recommendation.
Thought It Was a Bad Dream
Alls resides temporarily at Woodsfield Nursing and Rehab Center recuperating
after a four-wheeler accident Dec. 29. He broke his own rule about the
four-wheeler and ended up with 14 broken ribs, a broken leg, a broken
shoulder blade and right collar bone and badly bruised lungs. Shown
with the Hoyer lift are Woodsfield Nursing and Rehab STNAs Linda Mallett and
Jan Kress, Gregg and his wife Patty.
Photo by Martha Ackerman
by Martha Ackerman
“Before I opened my eyes, I thought
it was a bad dream,” said Gregg Alls of Graysville. “Then I opened my eyes
and there I was.”
Gregg Alls lay in a field on the
cold, damp ground Dec. 29 for almost three hours. He was on his
four-wheeler going to fix a broken fence on the family farm. He doesn’t
remember how it happened, but one minute he was fine and the next he was
‘busted’ and the 700 pound 600 Polaris was sitting in front of a tree.
And busted he was - 14 broken ribs,
broken left shoulder blade and right collar bone, a broken leg and
bruised lungs. “After yelling for a while, I had the bright idea to crawl up
the hill, but I heard bones crunching,” said Gregg.
There were rules about using the four-wheelers on the farm -
never ride alone and always tell someone where you are going.
“I didn’t tell anyone where I was
going,” said the patient at Woodsfield Nursing and Rehab Center. “I preach
the rule and I broke it.”
Gregg and his wife Patty make their
home on a 124 acre farm. Gregg is an owner/operator of a semi tractor. He
was laid off from Slay Transportation at the time of the accident. The
couple is raising three of their grandsons, Nick, Isaiah and Shawn, and a
handicapped daughter, Becky.
Isaiah and Shawn had been helping
repair the fence earlier. They, along with Patty, thought Gregg was working
in the garage. “He is always working on something on the farm,” said Patty.
Nick wasn’t at home at the time.
Isaiah and Shawn had friends Cole Howell and Jason Blackstone over for the
Isaiah missed his grandfather and
began looking for him. He found him lying on the ground, cold, shivering and
obviously in unbearable pain. Bethel E-Squad was called, the boys gathered
blankets to wrap Gregg, who was shaking from cold and shock. Patty and
Isaiah lay down on each side of Gregg to share their body heat.
“The boys didn’t lose their heads,”
said their grandmother. She credits their Boy Scout training for their quick
Learning someone was hurt on the Alls’ farm, Angel and D.J. Howell, EMTs and
parents of Cole, arrived on the scene before the squad. “They started
assessing his injuries right away,” said Patty. “The right leg was
definitely broken and he was complaining with pain in his back and hip.
“It looked like everyone in
Graysville was there to help,” said Patty.
“It was heroic how they carried him
out,” said Patty. “Gregg was over a hill at just about the steepest place on
“It took eight guys on the basket
held by a rope, four more were pulling the rope to get to the pasture,” said
Patty. “There was enough help that they could switch places a couple
All the extra help is credited to
Dale Williams, who put out the call out for as many as possible to come and
help. “He knew our land and how many it would take to get him out,” said
Bethel E-Squad transported Gregg to
Marietta. He was then life-flighted to Grant Medical Center in Columbus. The
next day he had surgery on his leg. He was on a ventilator three days. His
right lung had collapsed; a chest tube was in for eight days.
“The first few days, there was nothing but pure blood coming out the tube,”
said Patty, who continues to look worried and fatigued. Gregg was in ICU for
five days, then a step down unit and one-and-a-half days on the regular
floor before he was transported to Woodsfield Nurs-ing and Rehabilitation
Gregg is still having some difficulty
breathing at times, which Patty attributes to the bruised and collapsed
Gregg stood for the first time on
Jan. 16, eighteen days after the accident. There was trouble getting his
blood pressure under control when he was in an upright position.
Nurses use a Hoyer lift to move Gregg
from his bed to a chair. He is in rehab, is anxious to go home and back to
his job to make some money. Ironically, on Jan. 12, Gregg was called back to
his job at Slay Transportation!
Is he getting back on the
four-wheeler? His first instinct was to sell them all, noted Patty. “But it
wasn’t the bike’s fault,” said Gregg. “I’m just going to be a lot more
careful. With my bad knees, I need it to get around the farm.”
It’s going to be a little while
but with Gregg’s determination and family responsibilities, he will
“We are grateful for all the help
that day,” said Patty.
Gregg would enjoy cards from family
and friends. His address is Gregg Alls, c/o Woodsfield Nursing and Rehab
Center, Room 134, 37930 Airport Rd, Woodsfield, OH 43793.
EPPICard Introduced for Recipients of Cash Assistance
A new way to disperse cash assistance
was explained at the Jan. 20 meeting to Monroe County commissioners, who
also heard a report from Rick Schuerman, EMA coordinator.
Bill Long, workforce supervisor and
Jeanette Harter, JFS director, talked to officials about the new EPPICard.
What is the Ohio EPPICard - Debit
It’s a Debit MasterCard card designed to allow access to cash benefits in
a secure, convenient manner - it is not a credit card.
Individuals who receive Ohio Works
First (OWF) cash assistance, an OWF work allowance, disability financial
assistance, and/or refugee cash assistance, may now have those benefits
deposited to their Ohio EPPICard.
Long explained the new EPPI-Card
system to officials.
The card is loaded once a month
and is similar to, but does not take the place of, food stamps. EPPICards
are mailed by the state, and cannot be overdrawn.
According to Long, the card can be
used wherever the Debit MasterCard can be used.
Officials adopted a resolution to
comply with Ohio law for usage of the EPPICard.
Long explained there are no fees charged when individuals make purchases at
stores; request cash back during purchases; make cash withdrawals at a bank
which accepts MasterCard; make up to 10 customer service calls a month; and
request up to four card replacements per year.
Fees are charged when individuals
withdraw cash from an ATM; request a balance from an ATM; or perform any
Beginning Feb. 1, eligible persons
may choose to enroll for the Ohio EPPICard when they apply, reapply, or by
request of Job and Family Services. It takes seven to 10 days for initial
and replacement cards to be delivered.
Beginning Aug. 1, checks will be
phased out. Recipients will be required to choose either direct deposit or
the Ohio EPPICard to receive cash benefits.
For questions about the Ohio EPPICard,
call 1-866-320-8822, 24 hours a day, or visit www. eppicard.com and select
In another JFS matter, Harter
reported on progress with the JFS policy manual
She has taken steps in several areas
to reduce spending and noted she is getting rid of the wellness program.
Harter noted also that a new FMLA
policy will be implemened. Concerning computer use, she said she has
requested a sample policy from another county.
A short discussion was held
concerning the CPOE report and compliance issues.
Harter requested and was granted an
executive session to discuss two separate matters, one being disciplinary
action. The meeting was held from 1:55 to 3:30 p.m. Tom Scott, workforce and
economic developer, was called into the session for a short while at 2:45
Rick Schuerman, director, emergency
management agency, and Phil Keevert, secretary, introduced themselves to the
new commissioners and Schuerman reported on activities of the agency.
Schuerman said the EMA will do a
full-scale mock disaster event in May.
He noted also that a commissioner is
needed to sit on the Local Emergency Planning Committee.
Commissioner Carl Davis expressed
interest and was appointed to the LEPC.
Asked how they would like to be
notified in case of an emergency, Commissioner John Pyles suggested the
agency call him and that he will then contact commissioners Price and Davis.
Pandora Neuhart, county auditor,
approached officials about the McDonald - Freeburg contract. The company
handles the software for the auditor’s office, treasurer’s office, and the
dog warden. She noted the contract is due at $2,900 per month plus $90 per
hour for additional services. The rate did not increase. Neuhart noted they
have never paid more than the contract rate.
The contract renewal was approved on
a motion by Davis.
Neuhart suggested doing a five year
forecast. She submitted the revenues, expenses, balances etc. which are
current. She said a forecast would give officials an idea as to where the
county is going. “I’d like to see us do the forecast again,” said Neuhart.
to Honor Miss Ohio
Power Generation Saves Village Customers $70,000
by Arlean Selvy
Representing Woodsfield Kiwanis Club,
Carey Bott, president, First National Bank, approached council about the
placing of 4x8 signs at four entrances to Woodsfield. The signs will call
attention to Woodsfield being the home of 2008 Miss Ohio, Karissa Martin.
He said the signs will have lettering on both sides so that whether entering
or exiting the village, motorists have the opportunity to read them.
“I think it’s a wonderful idea,” said
Councilwoman Pauline Delbrugge. “I think we should do it. She is deserving
and it’s going to be a pretty sign, so why not?”
As soon as Bott gets a graphic of the
sign, he will bring it to council for approval. “If at that time, it’s not
what you want, then we’ll work with you to get what you think it ought to
be,” said Bott. He noted the signs will be blue and white.
Mayor Bill Bolon said the village
will install the signs, making sure they are in areas that are visible and
will not hinder villageworkers later on.
Jeff Woodell reported on water and
power interruptions occurring during late night hours and commended the
crews for coming out and doing repairs. He noted Donnie Weber and the street
department were out putting salt and cinders on a street that was “solid
ice” on both sides of the street for the length of six or seven properties.
Woodell reported “one leg of the
transformer” went out, causing a brown out at the municipal building which
resulted in destroying the telephone system.
Once the power was back up, Woodell
said he called Sam Turner, American Telephone Technology. Turner got a part
at about midnight and had the phone system repaired between 1 and 2 a.m.
The cost was $2,077 including $480 in
labor. A portion of that cost is covered by insurance, but there is a $500
deductible. In offering a maintenance contract, Turner said he would waive
the labor cost.
The administrator suggested the
village sign a contract with Turner at about $70 a month which covers the
system 24/7. Woodell said if something like this happens again, all parts
are covered by the contract.
With regard to the village generating
its own electricity recently, Woodell said the action saved residents about
$70,000 on their electric bills in a 12 month period. “If we had not
been able to generate, we would have been charged $6,000 a month for
the next 12 months because of the peak demand during that time,” said
Woodell. He noted it was about 15 below zero at the plant, and workers were
on the job because of valves freezing at the power plant.
According to Woodell, only two bids
were received from local contractors for the sludge press facility. “It’s
too bad,” he said, “There’s $136,000 going out the door ... I think some
were afraid to bid on it.” He indicated the project may be outside their
The following firms were recommended
for sludge press facility project:
For demolition, excavating and
concrete, Larry Lang Excavating, Beverly, $31,500; to supply and erect
building, Larry Lang Excavating, $57,022; electrical, Brian’s Refrigeration,
Antioch, $26,918; HVAC Bee Electric, New Martinsville, $13,539.57; doors,
Dennis Miller Doors, Sardis, $3,630; piping, Brian’s Refrigeration, $3,390;
sludge belt press, MSD Environmental, Centerville, $109,500.
About television cable, Woodell said
channel 18, ABC, used to come out of New York and is now coming from Miami,
Florida. He explained the village has a contract with a satellite provider
to provide ABC. “The contract doesn’t say it’s going to be ABC New York or
ABC Tennessee. For whatever reason,” continued Woodell, “they decided to
start broadcasting out of Miami.” He noted he had received a few complaints
but there is nothing the village system can do.
Concerning customer numbers, he said
they’d started at 853 customers and now have nearly 990.
With regard to digital broadcasting,
Woodell said the village is ready. They only have to hook up a couple wires
when the transition is made.
Two ordinances were passed and two
The first ordinance is to allow only
the village to aggregate demand response of retail customers in accordance
with FERC Order 719.
Woodsfield is the retail electric
regulatory authority. Without the legislation, it is possible for a group of
people to buy power and use village poles. The ordinance prevents a group
from buying up a block of power. “This would be highly detrimental to the
village,” said Woodell.
The ordinance was passed 6-0 on
an emergency basis.
The second ordinance enacts an
investment and capitalization policy for the village. The purpose of the
document is to identify the policies that will govern the investment
activities of the village. The ordinance was passed 6-0 on an emergency
One of the resolutions adopted is a
mutual aid agreement while the other is a routine contract to furnish
mandated emergency management through the county Emergency Management
The cost to the village for the EMA
service is $1,019.40 per year. The rate remains the same as last year.
Councilman Bill Moore reported there
were 1,330 official activities of the police department in 2008 and 40,042
ETHEL M. PIATT
Ethel M. Piatt, 95, formerly of
Graysville, went home to be with the Lord Jan. 24, 2009, at Heartland of
Marietta Nursing Home. She was born Nov. 30, 1913 at Graysville, a daughter
of the late Aaron and Martha Cline Smith. H 45734.
Online condolences may be expressed
Clarence Reich, 97, Woods-field, died Jan. 24, 2009, at the Convalariam at
Indian Run Care Center, Dublin. He was born July 14, 1911, a son of the late
William F. Reich and Lena Siegel Reich of Woodsfield.
Condolences may be ex-pressed at www.bauerturner.com.
WILLIAM “SAM” HAWN
William “Sam” Hawn, 69, Woodsfield
Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, formerly of Lowell, died Jan. 23, 2009 at
the center. He was born July 25, 1939 in Bellaire, a son of the late John
Hawn and Mayme Hartley Saffell.
Online condolences may be offered at
JACK F. MOFFITT
Jack F. Moffitt, 42, Clarington, died
Jan. 20, 2009, at Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling. He was born Nov. 20,
1966 in Moundsville, the son of Wilbur and Mae Booth Moffitt of New
Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com.
ELLEN M. GILMORE
Ellen Margaret Gilmore, 89, Long
Ridge Rd., Clarington, died Jan. 22, 2009 at her home. She was born March
21, 1919 in Clarington, the daughter of the late Charles and Ella Rufener
Kernen. Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com
DONALD E. GRIFFIN
Donald “Don” Eugene Griffin, 72, Paw
Paw Creed Rd., Lower Salem, died Jan. 25, 2009, at Marietta Memorial
Hospital. He was born March 8, 1936, at Rinard Mills, a son of the late
Clarence “Mac” and Bessie Hall Griffin.
Online condolences at
VIRGIL L. TISHER
Virgil L. Tisher, 79, 36588 SR 78, Lewisville, passed away peacefully at
OSU-Ross Heart Hospital, Columbus. He was born Oct. 7, 929, a son of the
late Freda and Wesley Tisher of Hannibal.
Condolences may be ex-pressed at:
LEAH L. CARPENTER
Leah L. Carpenter, 79, of Summit Acres Nursing Home, Caldwell, formerly of
Calais, died January 26, 2009 at the nursing home. She was born near
Summerfield on April 20, 1929, a daughter of the late Lloyd E. and Versa
Brown Leach. Online condolences may be expressed at:
Blessed are the flexible, for they will not be bent
out of shape.
No one has more driving ambition than
the boy who wants to buy a car.
A heat wave? If it keeps up we’ll be
getting up to freezing. Remember when you heard a number of people
complaining about the hot weather last summer when it was in the 90’s?
Well, the Steelers have made it to
the Super Bowl. Go Steelers. According to our TV stations Steeler fans are
going nuts. They are buying Steeler merchandise like mad and people are
offering their unbelievable houses at unbelievable prices. I even heard
folks are buying the largest flat screen TV to watch the game. This sounds
like a good idea because this would last for years.
I expect I’ll watch the game even if
several of the Super Bowls have been a bust. I’ll be rooting for the
Steelers even though our state bird is the cardinal.
Sometimes it’s a popular thing to
follow sports and our favorite teams. I like to follow high school
basketball during the winter although I do not attend as many games as I
used to. I did attend the Monroe Central ball game the other evening and I
witnessed something outstanding.
It was not the ball game, but the
Monroe Central cheerleaders did their show at halftime and it was great. It
would be impossible for me to describe their routine as it moved so fast. I
understand they won the contest at Waterford a while back. I think they will
The thing I thought about was how
much work, time and practice it took to get their routine down pat. These
young ladies have put in countless hours, some for years, to develop their
program. What can you say, except they did an excellent job. I’m no judge
but I thought it was number one.
Kind of tough to think of something
to write about. You’ve probably read this in the paper. I hope to put a
little different slant on it.
Many businesses in the county are
having a rough time. The Ohio liquor business is not one of them. According
to their report they sold 10.5 million gallons of liquor, 21 percent or more
alcohol in 2008. This amounted to 719.2 million dollars.
The most popular brand was called
Kamchatka Vodka, 380,465 gallons of this vodka was sold. To me, it’s tough
to put this figure into something I might understand. The following might
You probably didn’t know that 10,300
gallons of water is required to freeze an inch of ice on the hockey rink in
the Value City arena on the Ohio State campus. If the vodka sold was water
it would freeze a layer of ice 36.9 inches thick on the hockey rink. This is
just a tink over a yard thick.
Take it a step farther by using the
total liquor sold. The ice would increase to 1,019 inches or 84.9 ft. of
ice. I’d say this would be a large chunk of ice. Seems to me it’s a lot of
You know times change. Pretend
something like this happened: Jack goes quail hunting before school and then
pulls into the parking lot with his shotgun in his truck’s rack.
1957: Vice principal comes over,
looks at Jack’s shotgun, goes to his car gets his shotgun to show to Jack.
2007: School goes into lock down, FBI
called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again.
Counselors are called in for traumatized students and teachers.
I did see something on TV that might
be a possibility for our fair. It took place in England so I don’t expect it
to happen around here. It was a truck race with each truck pulling what
looked like a small house trailer. Believe me, they were really busting
things up. It would put the demo derby to shame. I wish they would have
shown more of the race than showing all bad characters and what they’ve
done. Some news I get sick of watching.
Fast food. Seems as though fast food
is everywhere. We have our share in our county with the opening of KFC and
Taco Bell. Grab a bite and go.
What was the fast food when you were
growing up? First of all we didn’t have the money even if we did have fast
food. There was one restaurant, Sip & Bite, but a dime would go far. If we
did have a dime or so, we would splurge and buy a slice of baloney or
longhorn cheese, pick up a few crackers and eat away. If you were lucky you
might get a nehi grape or rootbeer and really pig out. It didn’t happen too
often as we only had enough for some penny candy.
Even when we had to stay after school
because of a basketball game we had to settle for a can of little weiners or
so. I still like them. Sometimes the big boss would take us home to supper.
We got along OK. I don’t even recall them selling hot dogs at our games. I
had to eat a hot dog for luck before each game when I was attending all
Skyvue games. It worked a lot of the time. I’ve found now Shenan-doah has
the best hot dogs and the largest bag of popcorn of any school around.
One final question. What is an honest
mistake? I’ve made many a stupid mistake. But an honest mistake?
There are no new sins; the old ones
just get more publicity.
Church Sunday? I hope so.
Bible readings: From II Samuel (Mon.)
11:1-5; (Tues.) 11:6-13; (Wed.) 11:14-21; (Thurs.) 11:22-27; (Fri.) Psalm
51:1-9; (Sat.) Psalm 51:10-19; (Sun.) II Samuel 12:1-7, 13-15.