Summer Fest Draws Nice Crowd for Entertainment, Games
A nice crowd enjoyed the second Summer Fest of the season. The
Not So Rich and Famous band entertained during the July 3 event.
Chris, you owe me ... Photo by M. Ackerman
Entertainment, games, a tour of the
Cemetery, the Pow-Wow and
a huge fireworks display, compliments of the Woodsfield VFD and
donors, filled the day July 3 in Woodsfield.
To the right, at the Monroe Central Cheerleader’s booth at
Summer Fest, Kim Milhoan, jr. high cheerleader coach, paints
Klara’s face as her sister Korah looks on. The girls are
daughters of Eric and Darcie Anderson of Lewisville.
Tax Abatement Addressed
by Taylor Abbott
On June 28, Monroe County Commissioners met with members of the
Community Improvement Corporation (CIC),
Township Trus-tees, County
Auditor Pandora Neuhart, community developer Tom Scott, and CIC
attorney Jason Yoss. The combined group represents the Tax
Incentive Review Committee.
Discussion and debate was held over an issue that has arisen
concerning the Black Walnut Commerce Park.
Carol Hehr, representing the CIC, spoke to commissioners about
Industrial Paint and Strip which vacated a building at the
commerce park before its lease was up. Before leaving, Rich
Libby, owner, found another company, Control Design &
Integration (CDI), who was interested in relocating into the
building for the remainder of the lease.
Libby received a tax abatement from the CIC when he purchased
the facility. He vacated it in 2008, before the abatement
According to Scott, CDI assumed the lease from Libby in 2009.
The issue in question was whether or not CDI has any legal
obligation for payment of the tax abatement.
Yoss said that the issue needs further review and would like to
discuss the matter further with Monroe County Prosecutor L. Kent
According to Scott, “The CIC has no desire to impede or hamper
other businesses from moving into the commerce park. We are only
making sure that we do things correctly and do not set a bad
The ceremonial entrance to the Inaugural Pow-Wow held at the
Monroe County Fairgrounds July 3 and 4 was an emotional display
of Indian heritage and respect for the flags of the
United States of America, its
branches of service and the military personnel who never made it
home. Head Veteran Ironhand led the solemn procession into the
Photos by Martha Ackerman
Kat Koenig and Shawn Reilly brought their native ancestral
dances to the Inaugural Pow-Wow held July 3 and 4 at the Monroe
Display at Inaugural Pow-Wow
by Martha Ackerman
The drumbeat echoed throughout the grounds as the Inaugural Pow-Wow
brought representatives of various Indian nations and a sampling
of their culture to Monroe County July 3 and 4. The grand
entrance, which was held at noon each day, was an emotional
The drumbeat was somber as the Indian voices, in their native
language, honored the American Flag, veterans of all branches of
service and those who fought for the
United States of America
but never made it home. Veterans and parents of those serving in
harm’s way were asked to come into the inner circle.
The drumbeat and chanting voices during the intertribal dancing
gave those attending a sense of rejoicing, of thankfulness and
of sadness. The hoop dance
brought little Cheyenne to the inner circle to demonstrate
what she is learning about ancestral ways.
Tepees, showing the Indian culture, offered a glimpse into the
past. Vendors were arranged around the inner circle and offered
native Indian crafts and food.
Organizer Jay Stanley, his committee, Monroe Arts Council and
Team Monroe Tourism is to be commended for a job well done in
bringing this educational and cultural event to
School Projects Moving Forward
Bids Opened for Beallsville Schools
by Taylor Abbott
Over a year has passed since the voters of Monroe County
approved an 8.9 mill levy that will bring six new schools and a
totally renovated seventh to our school district.
Mass amounts of preparation and planning have been going into
the design phase of these new facilities. It was reported at the
last Switzerland of Ohio Local School Board Meeting that
thorough review of each building’s specifications will likely
ensure a well done, quality job in the long run.
Currently, each new school has an update. Information was
presented to the school board during their July 1 meeting. The
following is occurring:
• Excavation work has been completed at the Beallsville and
• Core sampling and soil sampling has been completed at the
• After extensive review, it has been decided that the combined
Hannibal/Sardis building will be located on the campus of River High School.
• Building plans are being developed for the Powhatan building
as well as for the combined Hannibal/Sardis School and
The following revised timeline was introduced to the Board of
• Monroe Central and Woodsfield school bids will be opened Aug.
3. Construction should begin Sept. 1 with an early finish
scheduled for Dec. 23, 2011.
• Bids for the Beallsville site were opened Jun. 29.
Construction will begin approximately July 29 with an early
finish tentatively scheduled for Nov. 21, 2011.
• Early site work for the Powhatan site could begin in
September. It is hoped that the site work will be completed by
According to officials, it is important to note that these
timeline are estimates and could vary because of issues that may
Following the report and update, the school board adjourned into
an executive session for matters required to be kept
On June 29, bids for the Beallsville K-12 school were opened at
a special meeting held at the
cafeteria. Approximately 35 persons were in attendance.
According to project manager John Jefferis, all bids are now
being reviewed and evaluated by the school board and program
team and will be released to the public after a special meeting
scheduled for July 8 at 6 p.m. at central office. The purpose of
this meeting is to consider building project issues, tax levy
renewal and to act on the bids received for the Beallsville
Around the Burnside
will knock three times, but it will sneak right in if you leave
the door wide open.
I’m still on the stump and I might as well get it off my chest.
There have been a couple of things happen that really
disappointed me over the years, since moving to the county.
First was the dropping of the ROE program. Remember it? Resident
Outdoor Education. Sixth graders attended camp for two nights
with outdoor activities and education was the theme.
Yes, it has been replaced by the Soil and Water District having
a one-day learning session for fifth graders, held on the
fairground. This is excellent; however, it doesn’t begin to
compare to spending a couple of nights at camp with a planned
schedule of activities and classes.
My reason for my disappointment? I have some of the students
who attended ROE. They still mention how much they enjoyed the
camp and the activities.
I assisted with several of the camps along with teachers and
counselors from high school classes, which was also an excellent
experience for the selected high school students.
Why were they dropped? Who knows? It was said to be money. Could
be, but I think some, maybe a large part, was a lack of interest
or probably maybe retirement time. No one seemed willing to step
into a leadership role, so cost was given as the reason.
I wonder? If it had been a sport of some type parents and
teachers would have turned things over to start or keep it
going. Seems like we’ll do anything for a sport or a playing
field that is excellent for a small percentage of youth. A
nearby school is or has held a football camp for students in
kindergarten to sixth grade. Don’t you think football before
actually in grade school a bit young? I do.
In my opinion, we hear technology; technology was talked when
discussing our new schools. Might be time to think also about an
excellent program such as ROE.
The second thing is one you already know if you read Around the
Burnside. It was the death of the FFA Chapter in our county. I
do understand they have hired or plan to hire a new instructor
for the program. Maybe this will bring the FFA Chapter back to
life. At least we can hope so anyway. I’ll climb down from my
stump, for now.
Sometimes you hear things and really wonder if it is true. I
discovered a good use for Koolaid.
We used to have a saying, when I worked as a 4-H agent. You have
to drink five gallons of Koolaid to get the 4-H clubs organized.
This was back when 4-H met mostly in homes and agents attended
the organizational meetings. Times change.
I learned this from a golfer who observed a worker spraying
something purple around. It was grape Koolaid. He said the geese
do not like the smell of grape. By using the spray it kept them
away. I didn’t even know geese could smell except after they had
been around and did you know what. Oh well, live and learn.
It seems kind of funny sometimes when a casual conversation
stirs up a flood of memories.
I recently met a reader who was a member of the first football
team of Beallsville High School. In fact, he was the captain,
I think he said.
This was not the same high school football we know today but
six-man football. Rules were a bit different and I think maybe
the field a bit different; I don’t really remember. He told me,
at that time any number of schools in the area played six-man
football and there was no problem scheduling games.
The first job I had teaching, the school started six-man
football. I ended up in the middle of the playing field, with a
watch, keeping the game clock. It was kind of fun for someone
that knew nothing about football.
The problem at that time was most schools had changed to 11-man
football and it was very difficult to schedule games near home.
I think they changed after a couple of years to 11-man. How many
of you remember six-man football?
I doubt if you’re interested but I thought I’d let you know
after all my experience with the eye doctor. My cataract surgery
went well, much better than the one removed in the late 80s. I
can watch TV without my glasses. No problem.
I hope you didn’t lose too many fingers on the Fourth of July.
Summer is the time of year when you try to keep your house as
cold as it was in the winter and complained about it.
Don’t forget church Sunday.
EULA B. ALLEN
Eula B. Allen, 84, Clarington, died June 30, 2010 in
Muskingum Valley Nursing and Rehab Center,
Beverly. She was
born Nov. 7, 1925 at
W.Va., a daughter of the late Ruby
and Ona Roberts Smith.
A petite woman with a huge spirit, Eula was strong and
self-determined, loved equally as well by her family and all
those who knew her. With a dazzling smile and pale blue eyes,
she could talk to anyone she met, openly and honestly. She and
her husband had lived and reared their family near Clarington
Surviving are five children, R. Michael (Betsy) Parker of
Barnesville, Sharon (Ronald) Randolph of Naperville, Ill.,
Beverly (Eric) Zimmer of Marietta, Deborah (Charles) Myers of
Beallsville, Thomas Allen and partner, Earnest Rubio of Denver,
Co.; 12 grandchildren, Michele Velas, Nicole and Ian Randolph,
Dana, Adam and Nathan Kinzy, Taylor, Morgan, Jaclyn, Tucker and
Sophia Myers; nine great-grandchildren, Megan and Thaddeus Velas,
Jordan Randolph, Loralai, Montana, Austen, Jack and Ruby Kinzy
and Wendy Engelhardt; three brothers, Dale Smith, Franklin Smith
and Don Smith; two sisters, Bonnie Byrd and Freda White Cotton;
special friends, Terri Milosavljevic and Brent and Kim Tisher
whom she loved as her own children. Her spirit will be missed by
all her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Averill
“AC” Allen, on March 21, 2010; an infant son, Richard Aden
Parker; siblings, Glendle, Denzil, Aden, Beulah and Betty.
Friends were received July 2 until time of services at Harper
Funeral Home, Beallsville. Burial was on July 3 at the
Online condolences may be offered at www.harperfh.net
ALFRED D. DOUGHERTY
Alfred L. Dougherty, 84,
2 Summit Court,
Caldwell, formerly of Lewisville, died June 29,
2010 at Summit Acres Nursing Home, Caldwell. He was born near
Woodsfield on Dec. 18, 1925, a son of the late Albert and Rena
He was a retired oil and gas worker for the Hopewell Oil and Gas
Company and was also a retired dairy farmer. Alfred was a member
of the Church
of Christ where he
attended the Hines Chapel near
Lewisville, and the Graysville Church of
Christ. He was also a U.S. Army veteran of WWII where he served
in the 100 Division 397 Infantry and received a purple heart.
Surviving are his wife, Naomi Kirkbride Dougherty, whom he
married Nov. 2, 1946; a daughter, Joyce Johnson of
Caldwell; two sons, Mark (Carol)
Dougherty, Vashti Griffin; 10 grandchildren; 11
great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a
brother, Everett Dougherty; an infant great-grandson; and a
special brother-in-law, Cecil Griffin.
Friends were received July 2 at Watters Funeral Home,
Woodsfield, where funeral services were held July 3, with Frank
Love officiating. Burial followed in Friendship Cemetery,
Memorial contributions may be made to the Senior Apartments, 40 Summit Court, Caldwell,
Paul E. Hinderlong
Paul E. Hinderlong, 84,
209 Ohio St., Woodsfield, died July
2, 2010 at Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center,
Woodsfield. He was born April 11, 1926 near Lewisville, a son of the late James and
Josephine Neuhart Hinderlong.
He was a 1944 graduate of
High School with honors in
FFA, American Farmers Degree and State Farmers Degree. He was a
retired farmer and was a former school bus driver and courier
for the Switzerland of Ohio School District. He was involved in
many civic organizations including 4-H Leadership Committee,
Monroe County Farm Bureau, former member and president on the
Policy Development Board where he was a state delegate for 60
years, a life-long member of the Trinity United Church of Christ
near Lewisville, where he served on the church council; served
25 years on the board of the Monroe County Health Department,
helped to obtain grant money for the building of the Monroe
County Clinic, member of the Rolling Hills Ruritan Club, served
as a member and past president of the Monroe County Planning
Commission, served on the Monroe County CIC Committee, 30 year
board member of the Rolling Hills Landmark, member and past
president of the O.A.P.S.E. Chapter 41 on the consolidation of
the Switzerland of Ohio School District.
He enjoyed farming and watching newborn calves romping in the
Surviving are his wife of 35 years, Ann Garrett Hinderlong of
the home; a sister, Ruth Hinderlong of Barnesville; four
step-children, Jo Ann (Dwight) Brannon, Rebecca (Carey) Bott,
Monica (Bill) Long, Charles (Kay) Brooks, all of Woodsfield;
seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many cousins.
Friends were received July 4 at Watters Funeral Home,
Woodsfield, where funeral services were held July 5, with Rev.
Richard Wilson and Rev. Karen Binford officiating. Burial
followed in Middle
Dalton Ray Ludwig, 16,
435 Village Place, Pickerington, died
July 1, 2010 at Grant
following injuries received in an automobile accident. He was
born May 23, 1994 in Columbus, a son of Philip E. II and Pam
He was a junior at
School, where he was a member of the
soccer team. He enjoyed video games and computers, as well as,
his dogs, Charlie and Buddy.
Surviving, in addition to his parents, are two brothers, Derek
Ludwig, Devon Ludwig of the home; maternal grandparents, Paul
and Leoba Archer of Woodsfield; paternal grandmother, Shirley
Ludwig of Woodsfield; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Philip E.
Friends were received at Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home,
Pickerington, July 6. Friends were received July 7 at Watters
Funeral Home, Woodsfield.
Funeral liturgy with mass was celebrated July 7 at St. Sylvester
Catholic Church, Woodsfield, with Rev. Fr. David Gaydosik
officiating. Burial followed in the Moffett Cemetery near Woodsfield.
Merle L. “Butch” Swoboda, 69, 49286 SR 800,
Jerusalem, died July 4, 2010 at
Ohio Valley Medical
Center, Wheeling, W.Va.
He was born March 28, 1941 in Martins Ferry, a son of the late
Allison F., Sr. and Euella Yater Swoboda.
He was a retired employee of Ormet Corporation, Hannibal, and
also a retired truck driver. He had attended the
Praise Pentecostal Church,
Woodsfield, formerly attended the Jerusalem United
Church. He was a US Army veteran of
the Vietnam War and was a member of the American Legion Post No.
768, Beallsville. He enjoyed fishing, boating, traveling and his
Surviving are his wife, Carol Gerdau Swoboda, whom he married
June 4, 1961; a daughter, Angela Burkhart of Belle Valley; three
sons, Howard F. (Rachel) Swoboda of Johnson City, Tenn., Merle
(Nancy) Swoboda, Jr. of Somerton and Daniel Lee Swoboda and his
fiance Pam of Woodsfield; seven grandchildren; five
great-grandchildren and three nieces.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two
brothers, Allison Swoboda, Jr. and Richard Swoboda; an infant
sister, Louisa; and a grandson, Daniel L. Swoboda.
Friends will be received July 8, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at
Watters Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held July
9, at 11 a.m., with Pastor David Ward officiating. Burial will
Cemetery with military
Jo Ann Raver Stewart,
Sardis, died July 4, 2010 holding her
granddaughter Selena’s hand at her home. She was born Aug. 13,
1934 in Groveport, a daughter of the late Calvin and Sylvia
Schirm Raver. She was surrounded by her family and many friends.
Surviving are four daughters, Debra Jo Stewart-
Hennessee-Longwell of Sardis,
Penny Lynn (Billy) Caldwell of Webbville,
Ky., Nancy Marie (Gary)
Hoskin-son of Woodsfield, Carline May Stewart-Callahan of Obetz;
a son, Robert Eugene (Marita) Stewart of Columbus; 19
grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; and six
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her
husband, Carl Edward Stewart of 59 years; six brothers, Charles
(Wilson), Randall, James and Calvin (Junior) Raver, all WWII
veterans of Columbus, Paul and Donnie Raver, both of Groveport;
a sister, Winnojean Raver Harris of Columbus; three
grandchildren, Jeremy John Stewart, Charles Daniel (Chucky)
Longwell, Joann Karen Callahan; and two great-grandchildren,
Luguna Locke Callahan and Skylar Austin Caldwell.
Mrs. Stewart had fond memories of being a teenager during WWII
and shared the fun she had wearing her brother’s p-coat and
helping with the war effort at home. She was very proud of her
brothers that served their country at that time, and of her
brother Paul who stayed home and worked at the fire department
at Lockbourne Air Force Base and later became fire chief at
Groveport. She also expressed grief for her nephew, Charles
Raver, age 18, who died in Vietnam.
She was happiest when she was around her family and was playing
cards or board games. She will be greatly missed. She was an
amazing mother, grandmother and friend. The family cherishes the
time God gave them with her. She is with her husband now and
they both will live in their family’s hearts forever.
Arrangements are entrusted to CARE Funeral & Cremation Service
of Moundsville, W.Va.