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June 10, 2010

A scene from the 2007 Woodsfield Civil War Encampment includes Coordinator Kyle Yoho, fourth from the flag, a member of the 91st Ohio Volunteer Infantry. This year’s event is slated for June 12 and 13 at Monroe County’s Shadow Lake Campgrounds with nearly 100 re-enactors attending.

Woodsfield resident and Marietta College History major Kyle Yoho - a Civil War re-enactor – is the planner for the Woodsfield Civil War Encampment June 12 and 13.

Encampment Set for
June 12 & 13

Monroe County will feel the earth shake as cannons boom as nearly 100 Civil War re-enactors from the Midwest converge at the Shadow Lake Camp-grounds near Woodsfield June 12 and 13. The fifth annual Civil War Encampment will feature unique entertainment and education, bringing history to life.

The event will provide families the opportunity to “step back in time.” Guests will stroll through camps to see how soldiers lived. Weekend events include talks by re-enactors, a Saturday ladies’ tea at noon, a church service on Sunday as well as tours of both Union and Confederate camps. There will also be battles on Saturday and Sunday.

“Stuter Row” is a period marketplace that will sell reproduction wares and clothing. New this year is special entertainment from The Mocking Bird Theater Troop Company featuring its authentic wagon stage.

Now in its fifth year, the Woodsfield Civil War Encampment is the brainchild of reenactor and Marietta College student Kyle Yoho. Kyle, a History major, wanted other Civil War enthusiasts to experience Monroe County and for area residents to experience history through the unique reenactment process.

The Monroe County event will be hosted at the Shadow Lake Campgrounds to feature a more authentic camping backdrop for the soldiers and more realistic terrain for the battle re-enactment. Shadow Lake is located near Woods-field at 34847 CR 2.

The event and parking are free; food vendors will also be on-hand. 

Bring the family and watch history come alive June 12 from 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. and June 13 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

River High Personnel Charged

According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, on April 28, School Resource Deputy Terry Stewart received an anonymous call advising that a threat was made targeting River High School earlier in the day and school officials did not notify law enforcement. 

After confirming no such report was made to the Sheriff’s Office, an investigation began into the allegation. Details were discovered through the investigation that a bomb threat was, in fact, discovered on a wall inside River High School

The investigation revealed a threat was discovered by school officials and never reported to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. The threat was removed from the wall by school officials. 

After investigation and consultation with Monroe County Prosecutor Lynn Riethmiller, two individuals from River High School will face criminal charges: Dr Vincent F. Monseau, 70, of New Martinsville, W. Va., has been charged with one count of Fail to Report a Crime;  Linda Josefczyk, 59, of Powhatan Point, has been charged with one count of Falsification.

No further details are being released at this time.  Arraignments are set for this Wednesday morning.








Deputy Resigns, Arraigned 

Mark Hayes, Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy and court bailiff of Graysville, submitted his resignation to Sheriff Charles Black last week. He appeared before Judge Jim Peters in Monroe County Court for an arraignment hearing June 2.

Hayes was was charged with two felony counts of permitting drug abuse and two misdemeanor counts of dereliction of duty.  He is facing six to twelve months in jail for the two felony charges.  

According to Sheriff Black, the case was turned over to the Woodsfield Police Department because of the location of the alleged offenses.

Annual Festival Features Museum

In the Clarington room of the River Museum historian Fred McCabe looks over the freight bills dating back to 1870 and photos of various boats, which traveled the Ohio River. These and much more will be on display at the museum during the Sunfish Creek Festival. 

Barbara Rush, Clarington’s River Museum curator, puts the finishing touches on a captain’s jacket in the Delta Queen Steamboat Room. The museum is located in the top floor of the Ohio Valley Community Credit Union’s Clarington location. The museum will be featured this weekend during the Sunfish Creek Festival set for June 12 and 13 in Clarington.        Photos by Martha Ackerman

If you’re ready for a fun-filled weekend, Monroe County is the place to be. The annual Clarington Sunfish Creek Festival begins at 11 a.m. June 12 and continues to 5 p.m. June 13.  Organizers have lots of fun things planned, along with the unofficial opening of Monroe County’s new River Museum.

The big parade is set for Saturday at 4 p.m. There will also be amusement rides, a craft show, entertainment, street dancing, bingo, wagon and carriage rides, a bike show, corn hole and horseshoe tournaments, a car cruise-in, Texas poker and a flea market. 

What about the food? Well, there will be lots to choose from both days as  supplied by Clarington United Methodist Church, Immanuel United Church of Christ, Riverside Baptist Church  who will also feature a giant yard sale, Clarington Volunteer Fire Department and the Masonic Lodge. Can’t wait!

The amusement rides will run from 11 a.m. til dark on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The weekend is filled with entertainment: Peace Makers, Saturday at noon; Joy Trio, 2 p.m.; Jessica Schoonover, 3 p.m.; Kirsten Repco, 6 p.m.; Attaboy Luther, formerly Cliff Palace, will play for the street dance at 7 p.m.

The horseshoe tournament begins at 1 p.m. Saturday with sign-ups at 12:30 p.m. The Immanuel UCC is having a Christian Rock band, New Day, at 1 p.m. The corn hole tourney starts at noon with sign-ups at 11:30 a.m.

It will be an all-American weekend with baseball, hot dogs and apple pie and much more. The Clarington Ball Association is having t-ball games and 7 & 8-year-olds playing ball all day Saturday at the ball field.

The bike show begins at noon Saturday at the Union Hall parking lot with a DJ. Sunday brings more fun with the car cruise-in beginning at noon to 4 p.m. with a live radio broadcast. 

Also featured at this year’s festival is the unofficial opening of the River Museum, which has hundreds of items on display in the designated rooms. You won’t want to miss  the wonderful displays of Monroe County’s river history.

The proceeds from the festival are going to the development of Broken Timber Park.









Around the Burnside  

Life is like a bank; the more you put into it, the more it grows.

Good deeds don’t get lost in space; they return sometime, some place.

Bells. I expect many of you have some memory of a bell. I remember it was quite an honor when the teacher asked you to ring the bell. Somehow it wouldn’t seem right if someone didn’t ring the bell to start our church service on Sunday.

I’m not sure what happened to the bell at our school house. I’m glad several thought to save the bell in Lewisville and place it in front of the Community Center. I thought more folks or kids would ring it more often. It hasn’t happened much. I have kind of enjoyed watching a rather young kid ring the bell. The loud K-bong they hear tends to scare them and that’s it, no more.

One bell and it does have memories. The bell in front of Skyvue School. This was one of the first projects I helped with when coming to Skyvue. It used to ring every time the Hawks won a ball game.

I’ve had several express their disappointment the Skyvue building will be torn down. I guess I tend to feel the same way because I remember driving by Esther’s and my high school at Old Washington. Nothing but the large girders.

With the coming of the new facilities with geothermal heat, a roof that reflects heat in the summer, and keeps the heat in during the winter, plenty of natural light, smartboards on class room walls and who knows what else, it will really be the state of the art facility. This is good.

My hope is that those in charge and responsible will make plans to keep the bell as a part of the new building be it in front or some prominent place. Just so it does not go the trip as our FFA Chapter has gone.

I’ll bet some of you know farms that had a bell to tell workers dinner or supper was ready. Weren’t they called dinner bells? We didn’t need one,;our mules told us when it was time to head home.

The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight because by then your body and your fat have gotten to be really good friends.

times do and have changed. One of our newspapers have on Sunday pictures of several folks and their answers to a question. A recent issue asked the question, “What are you looking forward to this summer?” Some of the answers were interesting.

One said, “Going swimming and playing with my friends.” Another said, “School being out and hanging out with friends.” One planned to play baseball, another go to Myrtle Beach and finally Jamboree in the Hills.

I guess maybe times haven’t changed too much except the time of day. Most of this type of activity, for us, was in the evening and on Sunday. I appreciate Sundays because after the cows were taken care of we attended Sunday School,  Church and ate dinner, the rest of the day was ours to do what we pleased, until it was time for the old cows again. Actually most all evenings were free for us to be kids. We didn’t have anything organized like they do today. I don’t recall playing much baseball or softball or organized anything. I guess maybe it was because we didn’t have any equipment. We did, however, find plenty to be just kids. Maybe trying to hit a bat with a broom under a street light made up for not playing ball. We were left to our own organizing.

Don’t get me wrong; we could not get away with anything. This was during the time when the paddle on the bottom end was still a thing to do. You couldn’t take or think of taking mommy or daddy to court because you received a couple of pats on your tail end. Because there was no air conditioning, most everyone sat on their porches during the evening during the summer time. The information wireless was really fast, as it still is in some places in Monroe County, so it reached home almost before you did. No problem keeping in line.

Yes, we had a swimming pool. We dammed up a wide spot in the creek the best we could. The water got up above our knees and that was about it. We were able to splash around and have fun, even if the cows had been standing in the creek above our little swimming pool. I never did learn how to swim even after spending time in the Navy and only enough to pass a phys. ed course at OSU. Believe it or not we were required to take three phys ed courses at OSU. One hour credit for each hour phys ed.

I could go on. Most of us never got to travel, maybe to Barnesville or Cambridge. I did get to go to Barberton a time or two.

If you ever start thinking you would like to be younger, remember algebra and Latin.

The church doors are open; stop by Sunday.

■   Yard Sales 


Rex Daniel Cecil, 66, died May 10, 2010 at Southcrest Hospital, Tulsa, Oka. He was born Dec. 3, 1943, a son of the late Rex Orland and Dorothy “Eileen” Sills Cecil in Lewisville.

He grew up in Lewisville, graduating from Skyvue High School in 1961. While in high school he enjoyed running track and playing basketball. He moved to Tulsa around 1965. On July 2, 1970 he married Saundra Lou Fields. He worked for Field’s Manufacturing Company for 15 years, driving truck and building RVs and campers. He later worked as a maintenance supervisor for several commercial apartment complexes. He enjoyed spending time with his children, going back to Ohio to see family and friends, and going to the casino.

Surviving are three daughters, Elizabeth (Gary) Owings of Chelsea, Tina of Claremore, Loralee (Joe) Taylor of Claremore; three sons, James Kennedy of Lexington, Layton (Tina) Kennedy of Claremore, Danny (Brandi) Cecil of Broken Arrow; four sisters, Sheilia Kay (Steve) Cole of Glenpool, Patricia Allene (Jerry) Fields of Claremore, Donna Mae (Virgil) Grubb of Lewisville, Donna Jean (Roger) Jones of Woodsfield, brother, Robert Virgil (Linda) Cecil of Woodsfield, ; sister-in-law, Ines Lucille Hix of Tulsa; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Saundra Lou Fields Cecil.

Friends were received May 13 at Musgrove-Merriott-Smith Funeral Service & Crematory, Claremore, OK, where services were held May 14, with Tom Tidwell officiating. Burial followed at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Condolences may be expressed at: www.mmsfuneralhomes.com

Ethel Heft 
Ethel Heft, 91, died May 30, 2010 at Altercare of Hilliard. She was born Sept. 19, 1918 in Monroe County, a daughter of the late Charles and Nellie Orange Cree. 

She lived in Woodsfield most of her life and recently was a resident of Dublin Retirement Village of Dublin, to be near her family. 

She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ for more than 60 years having served as president of the Junior Guild and Circle III. In 1945 she was initiated into Woodsfield Chapter #268 O.E.S. and served six terms as Worthy Matron. In 1982 she was appointed Grand Representative of Mississippi in Ohio. She served as president of District #15 in 1992 and in 1998 she was elected to the Buckeye Links consisting of all Grand Representatives in the State of Ohio. She is a member of The Ambassador of Good Will (all Grand Representatives of District 15), Pythian Sisters #199 and was a member of the Woodsfield Garden Club and The Stitch & Chatter Club for several years. She also volunteered at Barnesville Hospital for many years.

She was a very giving and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend and will be sorely missed by all who knew her. She had a passion for flowers and gardening and shared her beautiful roses with anyone who needed a lift. Her friends and family often referred to her as “Mrs. Hallmark” because of her self-chosen dedicated commitment to remembering friends and family on all occasions with cards and notes. She loved and was loved by her family and friends and had a genuine compassion for anyone in need.

Surviving are a daughter, Carol (Richard) Schumacher; a son, Stephen (Joyce) Heft; four grandchildren, Rick (Lori) Schumacher, Stephen (Erin) Schumacher, Sarah Schumacher Kurz, Bryan (Lauren) Heft; seven great-grandchildren, Nicole, Jason, Nicholas and Elizabeth Schumacher, Davis and Mary Grace Kurz, Caroline Heft; sister, Eva Zerger and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley J. Heft, Nov. 2006, whom she married June 5, 1938; two brothers, Dale and Myron Cree; and three sisters, Neva Smith, Wilma King and Waveline Hartshorn.

Friends were received June 4 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield. Eastern Star services were held June 4 at the funeral home. Friends were received one hour prior to the funeral service June 5, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Woodsfield, with Rev. Frank Lehosky and Rev. Richard Wilson officiating. Burial followed in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Contributions may be made in Ethel’s memory to the Memorial Fund of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Woodsfield. 

Online condolences may be expressed at:www.bauerturner.com

Lucie Roberts 
Lucie Roberts, 55, St. Louis, Mo., died June 5, 2010 at the Wetzel County Hospital, New Martinsville, W.Va. She was born Dec. 20, 1954 in Akron, a daughter of the late Millicent Wilkinson.

She was a personal banker for US Bank of St. Louis, an ordained minister and a member of the Trinity Tabernacle of St. Louis.

Surviving are her husband, Bobby Roberts of St. Louis; an adopted daughter, Gabrielle Roberts; five biological children, Janee Polino of Missouri, Joseph (Sherry) Mitchell of Woodsfield, Tamieko Polino (Michael) Booker of Woodsfield, Lisa (Kenny) Caetta of Woodsfield and Sean (Charlene) Boylen of Akron; two step-daughters, Jennifer Dussold and Rose Roberts of St. Louis and many grandchildren.

Friends will be received June 11  from 1 p.m. until time of service at 2 p.m. at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, with Minister Paul Ferguson officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Woodsfield. 

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