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June 19, 2008 Edition
WHS Alumni Weekend 2008

Class of 1988

Class of 1993



<~ Parade of Memories ~
It was a ride down memory lane for Woodsfield High
School Alumni as the annual parade got underway during
alumni weekend festivities. This trio had a chance not
only to share memories of their high school days but
of their war experiences. Driving the Willys Jeep is Dan Jones, Beallsville, a member of Woodsfield VFW Post 5303. With him are Jim Neuhart, front seat, and Herman Zerger, both of Woodsfield. Neuhart and Zerger,
both graduates of WHS, were in WWII together and organized Woodsfeild VFW Post 5303. Neuhart was the first Commander of the VFW Post. Photos by Martha Ackerman

<Hope, Help for Switzerland for Ohio School District
by Jennifer Garrison 
Ohio House, 93rd District

Every two years, the Ohio General Assembly considers
and enacts a Capital Appropriations Bill. This
legislation provides funding for “bricks-and-mortar”
projects throughout the state, including various
community projects.  
And in Monroe County, there may be no
bricks-and-mortar project more important than new
schools for  Switzerland of Ohio.
That’s why I was thrilled to secure support for an
amendment to House Bill 562 – this term’s capital bill
– that allows certain school districts to use an
alternative formula to determine the percentage of
their local share for school construction projects.
Only school districts that experience extreme property
value reductions in the previous five years would be
eligible to use this alternative formula.


<Woodsfield to Take Ownership Of Television Cable Company
by Arlean Selvy
The  village of Woodsfield has reached an agreement
with SuddenLink to assume ownership of the television
cable system effective at 12:01 a.m., July 1.
  According to Jeff Woodell, village administrator,
the two entities will close the approximate 1.2
million dollar deal on June 30. He reported the
details at a special meeting of village council on
June 12, at which time council created the position of
Cable System Superintendent and hired two employees
for system operations. Discussed also was funding the
waterline project running between Rubel Lake and the
 On an emergency basis council passed an ordinance
creating the positions and range of compensation
scales for village employees of the Municipal Cable
System. The ordinance also revises the compensation
scales for other municipal utility superintendents,
the village administrator and the chief of police.

<MRDD Asking for Renewal Levy; Elections Office Moving to Park
by Arlean Selvy
A resolution to place a renewal levy on the November
ballot for MRDD was approved last week by  Monroe
 County commissioners, who also signed a contract to
relocate the board of elections.
The elections office will be moved to Commerce Park,
located off Moore Ridge Road north of Woodsfield.
At a previous meeting, commissioners approved
relocation pending the blessing of prosecuting
attorney Lynn Riethmiller.
Members of the Community Improvement Committee voted
June 10, as did the board of elections, to move the
office to the Black Walnut Center. According to board
of elections member Manifred Keylor, they will have
1,500 square feet of space including a conference
room. He indicated there is ample parking area and the
move will draw attention to the center itself.
Commissioners will lease the space for two years at
$12,000 annually.

<Relay Teams Forming
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Monroe
County is in the process of registering teams for its
event slated for July 11 and 12 at River High School,
Teams consist of family, friends, businesses,
organizations and church members. Teams are formed to
honor, support, or remember those lives affected by
cancer and to raise money for research, education,
advocacy and services.
Information about how to form a team or become
involved in Relay for Life is available from the
American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or by
calling the Monroe County Relay For Life event chair
Ruth Longwell at 740-483-1024. You may also visit the
Monroe County Relay For Life website at
www.events.cancer.org/RFLmonroecountyOH to sign up a


<Humane Society of Monroe County Closes Shelter Doors

by Arlean Selvy
Due to the “lack of volunteer help and community
support,” the Humane Society of Monroe County has
closed the doors to its shelter for an unspecified
period of time.
According to Alicia Cogar, humane society volunteer,
although the shelter is closed, the humane society is
still a viable organization. They currently have four
dogs which are in training at the Noble County
Correctional Institute.The dogs are up for adoption as
is a female cat currently at the facility.
No animals are being accepted at the shelter at this
 The humane society does not receive county, state or
federal funding. “We have been 100 percent volunteer
and a non-profit organization since 2001,” said Cogar.
She said the lack of concern by countians is the
reason for the demise of the shelter and noted she is
unsure whether it will ever reopen. “We have to stop
and restructure,” she said.
The shelter operates on a budget funded through
adoptions, membeships, grants, fundraisers and

< Obituaries (read the full obituary in the paper) 

James C. Hogue, 71, formerly of Woodsfield, died June
8, 2008, in Bellingham, Wash. He was born Dec. 28,
1936 in Bethel Township, a son of the late Roy and
Virginia Smith Hogue.
He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956-76. In
2007, Jim finally received his Purple Heart award at
McChord AFB. After retiring from the Air Force, he
worked for the Ohio State Water Department for nearly
20 years. He was a pilot and loved to fly his small
Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Centia Hogue of
Belling-ham; daughter, Carmen (Carl) Roberge of
Bellingham; and three grandchildren, Ryan, Carly and
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death
by a sister, Ruth.
Service details are pending. You may view upcoming
service details, photos of Jim and share memories with
the family at www.westfordfuneralhome.com.
Clanton (Tommy) Wayne Tomlin, 94, of Woodsfield, died
June 14, 2008, at Woodsfield Nursing and
Rehabilitation Center. He was born March 2, 1914, in
Pinckard Dale County, Alabama, a son of the late John
Wayne Tomlin and Jewell Standifer Tomlin.
He was retired from Ormet Consolidated and the Revere
Reduction Aluminum plants. He was a Master Mason and
life member of the Florence Mason-ic Lodge No. 14 of
Surviving are his wife, Hazel P. Wilson Tomlin, of
Woods-field, whom he married Sept. 15, 1961; three
sons, Charles (Mary Ann) Tomlin of Woodsfield, Jerry
W. Tomlin of Haines, Fla., Clanton W. (Tammy) Tomlin
of Simpsonville, S.C.; five daughters, Glenda Tomlin
of Newark, Vickie Williams of Gahanna, Jayne (Vince)
Circosta of Clarington, Cathy (Charles) Hill of
Bryant, Ala., Bambi (Blake) Arnett of Greenville,
S.C.; a brother, John Tomlin of New York; 28
grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death
by his first wife, Nancy Tomlin; a sister, Juanita
Rucker; two grandsons, Michael D. Kastrevec, Luke Lee
Arnett; and a granddaughter, Liliana Oprea Arnett.
Friends were received June 16 at Bauer-Turner Funeral
Home, Woodsfield, where funeral services were held
June 17, with Rev. Richard Wilson officiating. Burial
was in North View Cemetery, New Martinsville. Masonic
Lodge services were held June 16.
Online condolences can be expressed at
Kevin D. Miller, 25, of Heath, died June 15, 2008, as
a result of an auto accident. He was born Jan. 8, 1983
in Newark, a son of Gerald D. and Diana L. (Byers) of
He was a member of the West End Church of Christ and
an active member of the NA. He was employed by
Goodwill Industries and Ponderosa Steakhouse.
In addition to his parents, surviving are two
sisters, Athena (Scott) Thompson of Newark, Amanda
Miller of Heath; a brother, Nicholas Miller of Newark;
paternal grandmother, Patricia Miller of Heath;
maternal grandmother and step-grandfather, Darla (Jan)
Pickett of Pomeroy; maternal great-grandmother, Estel
Henthorn of Woodsfield; nephew, Hunter Thompson; and
aunts, uncles and cousins.
His special friend Gabriell “Gabby” Mayabb also died
in the accident.
Friends will be received June 18, from 2 - 4 and 6 -
8 p.m. at Newark Chapel of Vensil-Orr & Chute Funeral
Home, Newark. Funeral service will be held June 19, at
11 a.m.. Burial will be in Wilson Cemetery.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.vocfh.com


<Around the Burnside

By Denny Easterling

Pride leads to disgrace but with humility comes
Good people are guided by their honesty; treacherous
people are destroyed by their dishonesty.
Someone said, “Life is like a roll of toilet paper;
the longer it lasts the faster it goes.” Isn’t it the
I’m not sure what kind of a thermometer WTRF is using
because they say we haven’t had a heat wave. They say
we need to have three days in a row of 90 degrees or
better to have a heat wave. I don’t know about yours,
but my thermometer has hit above the 90 mark for more
than three days, so we’ve had a heat wave in
Lewisville. Remember how you complained about the cold
weather not that long ago? You’re never satisfied. How
do you beat the hot weather? Stay inside with AC.
You know, I can’t remember it being this hot when I
was a kid. The corn in the field didn’t really pop. I
guess we just lived with it because we didn’t know
anything better. We did live in a big old brick house
so I guess it might not have been so bad, but it was
sure cold in the winter.
A few weeks ago I mentioned flip flop footwear. I
realize they are not for me because when I walk north
my left little piggy is headed for market in a
northwest direction, and my right little piggy is
going to market in a northeast direction. Flip flops
do not flop with ease. This is a thing Mom passed on
to me and a couple of sisters. I even have some toes
grown together, web feet, and I can’t even swim.
A lot of folks like to wear flip flops. Just about
everything that folks like and enjoy, the big thinkers
come up with a reason it is bad. After making many
tests and measurements or whatever, they have come up
with this startling conclusion. Wearing flip flops
causes the foot and ankle to operate in a non-natural
method. Constant wearing of them could cause foot
problems down the road.
They did admit if worn a reasonable time it would not
cause problems. However, if you wear them night, day
and to bed it could cause you problems. Even with this
warning I expect there will be plenty of both young
and old who keep on flop, flop, flopping around. So be
G. Gordon Liddy said, “A liberal is someone who feels
a great debt to his fellowman, which debt he proposes
to pay off with your money.”
State Champion! Congratula-tions to D.J. Duke, a
River High School junior who won the Ohio State High
School Shot Put Championship recently. Goes to show
you good things happen when you work at it. I
understand he is going after both the Discus and Shot
next year. Keep up the good work, D.J.!
A lot of hay has been knocked down and rolled up the
last several days. Looks as though it’s a good first
cutting. Farmers today can put up more hay in a couple
of days than we could put in the barn all summer.
Cutting hay with a retired race horse and a small mule
goes rather slowly.
Queen Anne’s Lace - England story.
On a rainy autumn day, Queen Anne and her
ladies-in-waiting were bored. It had been gloomy for
several days and they needed a distraction. The queen
suggested that the women have a contest to see which
one of them could make lace as fine and delicate as
the wild carrot blossoms she had brought into her
room. The contest began and, although there were many
excellent imitations, all decided (probably for the
good of their own fair necks) that the Queen had
created the very best likeness of the flower. In her
honor it is called, even to this day, Queen Anne’s
Time for NCIS, I’ll be back. I guess NCIS is high on
my favorite TV show. I can watch re-run after re-run.
I’m through its first season and started on the
second. There is one problem during the regular season
as basketball games tend to be played on Tuesday
evening; plus, it seems the telephone rings in the
middle of the program. I tend to want to answer the
phone, “I’m watching NCIS, goodbye.” However, I don’t.
I find out who it is first.
I think a big weekend starts with the Woodsfield
Alumni Celebration. They really know how to make a
good weekend celebration. We had out alumni banquet a
few weeks ago and the class of 1943, my class, had two
of us show up. Me and one other. I also attended the
Skyvue, Franklin Alumni Banquet and felt almost like a
stranger as none of my former students attended. I
guess they are not old enough to be alumni as yet.
Nothing like getting together with old friends.
Did the hot weather keep you from church Sunday?
Bible readings: (Mon.) Proverbs 3:5-12; from Hebrews
(Tues.) 12:1-3; (Wed.) 12:4-7; (Thurs.) 12:8-11;
(Fri.) 12:12, 13; From Philippines (Sat.) 2:1-4;
(Sun.) 2:5-11.