Building Project Discussed
Officials from the Switzer-land of
District were guests of the
Woodsfield Kiwanis. Superin-tendent Larry Elliott gave an
update on the building project, which includes six new schools
and the renovation of River High School.
“There is not much visible now,” said Elliott, who shared the
latest schedule for the project: Monroe Central bid opening Aug.
3 with construction hopefully beginning Sept. 1; Woodsfield K-8,
big opening Aug. 3 with tentative start date Sept. 1;
Beallsville K-12, bid opening June 29, tentative construction
beginning July 29; Powhatan K-8, early site work, tentatively
July 6 and Sept. 6.
According to Elliott, traditional building projects take 18
months in the planning stages but they are taking an aggressive
approach and still trying to make sure things are planned
correctly so no costly change orders have to be made. He noted
that there have been some issues with the building sites and
with the state’s school facilities commission.
Assistant Superintendent George Richardson said that River High School
will be a “mess for a while but when all is said and done, the
place is going to be gorgeous.” Local construction worker Greg
Ogden voiced concerns for the tentative scheduling for the
opening of the schools. He had questions and asked officials to
keep tabs on the project and to make sure local union workers
are working on the project. Ogden
noted that union locals include different areas and he would
like to see as many Monroe
people working on the project as possible. The board agreed that
they, too, want local people working on the project.
Questions arose concerning the student population of the
buildings. Richardson said that the state gave the
district a waiver which allowed planning for expanded square
footage. “The schools are being built to hand an influx of
kids,” said Richardson. Elliott added that with the open
enrollment, they hope to get some of the students back who are
going out of the district. “We’re doing everything to expand
offerings including on-line classes,” said Elliott.
Hogue, district food service program coordinator, told Kiwanians
about a new summer food program, which will cost the district
nothing. Due to demographics of the school lunches served, the
district was chosen for the program. There are no income
guidelines and children up to 18 can take advantage of the
program, which begins June 14 at Woodsfield Elementary from 11
a.m.-12:30 p.m. Accompanying parents or grandparents can eat for
$2.75, noted Hogue.
Woodsfield VFW Post 5303 Donates POW Flag to Schools ~
Americans remembered those who have fought to keep our country
free, two local schools received a reminder of those soldiers
who did not make it home from war. Woodsfield VFW Post 5303
donated a POW Flag to Monroe
Center. Vietnam veteran
Dave Ricer contacted the school regarding the flag donation,
which was graciously accepted. A flag raising ceremony was held
May 24. Shown, from left, are: Clint Abbott, assistant
principal; Jerry Calder, principal; Danny Jones, VFW outgoing
junior-vice; Dave Ricer, VFW quartermaster; Alonzo Wilson, VFW
commander; and Roger Elliott, VFW senior vice.
If you are
into having fun, M&D Horses, Canoes and Kayaks is the
place to visit. Mike and Donna Howell have opened the new
business, which was welcomed to the Monroe County Chamber of
Commerce last week. Shown, from left, are: Justin Howell, Carrie
Moore Bunner, Donna and Mike Howell, Ruth Workman and Sam Moore
of the Chamber, RaChelle Thompson with Buddy and Tracy Howell
Moore with Spuds. Photos by Martha Ackerman
Horses, Canoes and Kayaks offers canoeing and kayaking on the
Little Muskingum. The business, located just a mile or so up the
road from Knowlton Covered Bridge,
offers pick-up after the two-, four- or six-mile journey on the
Little Shane Moore loves sitting atop Spuds, a registered paint,
which is one of eight horses available to ride at M&D Horses,
Canoes and Kayaks. The 45-60 minute main trail takes visitors
through pasture fields and the scenic, forested countryside.
Shown with Shane is his mother Tracy.
can spend the day horseback riding in the beautiful hills of Monroe County
and canoeing or kayaking down the Little Muskingum River. Mike
and Donna Howell have opened M&D Horses, Canoe-ing and Kayaking,
located just south of Graysville on State Route 26. The business
offers visitors fun-filled days in the most beautiful scenery
you can find and all for a very reasonable cost.
and Donna Howell’s vacations usually included horseback riding
and canoeing, which they always enjoyed. The couple decided to
bring some vacation fun to Monroe
County. They began by purchasing
eight horses, built a large barn with stalls and a covered
outside arena. Their property is just a few minutes from the Knowlton Covered Bridge, which has a ramp to enter
the Little Muskingum -ideal for the addition of canoes and
kayaks to the business venture.
addition to the horses, the Howells purchased 20 canoes, 20
kayaks, oars, paddles and life vests. M&D Horses, Canoes and
Kayaks became a reality and opened officially May 28. A
concession stand is on the premises to accommodate visitors.
They offer a variety of sandwiches, taco in a bag, homemade
French fries and cold beverages.
Horses is a family affair with Mike and Donna’s children, Tracy
Moore, Carrie Bunner and Michael Howell, along with their nephew
Justin, contribute to the daily routine. There are also nine
grandchildren in this family.
RaChel Thompson is the riding instructor and horse trainer. She
attended Merideth Manor, a general horse training and riding
academy, in Waverly, so she brings her expertise to the
Safety is the name of the game at this business. Inexperienced
riders are led around in the arena until they are comfortable
riding the trail. They also offer a 15 minute horse
training/riding in the arena. Riders must be at least seven
years of age. Children under seven may sit on the horses for
photographs. Helmets are furnished and recommended. Persons 18
and under must have a parent sign a liability waiver.
Visitors who like the canoeing and kayaking will bask in the
beauty along the Little Muskingum. It’s the same price if you
take the two-, four- or six-mile trek. You get to decide how far
you want to go and at what pace you want to travel. Every two
hours, a driver will make the round trip to the pick-up points.
Horses, Canoes and Kayaks is located near several campgrounds
with sites available from primitive camping to full hook-ups.
For more information or to make reservations, contact M&D Horses
at 740-934-2575 or log onto www.manddhorses.com
business is also the perfect compliment to Kickin’ Back Cabins,
which is located near Beallsville. Visitors can relax in the
perfectly-appointed cabins, drive through the beautiful
countryside of Monroe County
and enjoy horseback riding, canoeing or kayaking at M&D Horses,
Canoes and Kayaks. There are several nice shops to visit in the Monroe County
area. What a perfect vacation!
Footnote: The historic Knowlton Covered was built in 1887 as a
multiple-kingpost truss and arch bridge. It was also known as Long Bridge
and is a three span, 192-foot bridge. It is one of the two
longest covered bridges in
. It sits high above the Muskingum River
on cut-stone abutments. On the bridge’s marker more history can
Local School District officials
were guests at the May 25 Kiwanis meeting, held at Westwood
Landing in Woodsfield. Kiwanians were updated on the school
building projects. According to Superintendent Larry Elliott,
there is not too much visible now, but in another few months
residents will see things happening at the sites. Shown, from
left, are: Larry Elliott, local attorney Jason Yoss, local
resident Greg Ogden, George Richardson, assistant
superintendent; Tina Hogue, food service program coordinator;
local pastor Wayne Clark; and Janet Hissrich, SOLSD treasurer.
Photos by Martha Ackerman
Around the Burnside
bargain is something you can’t use at a price you can’t resist.
more you count your blessings you have, the less you crave the
luxuries you haven’t.
finally figured something perhaps several of you could have some
interest. Most of us have had days we would like for the time to
have discovered how you can make the day go faster if you just
try a little bit.
First of all, stay in bed until 9:30 or maybe a tink longer. Eat
a light breakfast such as peanut butter and toast, don’t hurry.
Delay dinner (lunch) an hour or longer. Check your E-mail, watch
TV, take a nap, or all three. Watch the news at 5, 5:30, 6 and
6:30 p.m. while eating supper (dinner). Watch a couple of NCIS
reruns on TV and then start thinking it’s getting near time to
hit the sack. I wouldn't advise going to bed too soon because
you might wake up too early the next morning. It does work.
Sometimes you check out in your easy chair.
are getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking
chair that you once got from a roller coaster.
diggity dog, they are putting black top on SR 78 between
and Noble County line. I’d guess by the time you
read this there will be a lot of it down. I just hope I don’t
hear anyone complain about being held up by the work, as I did
when there were a couple of traffic lights below
not too long ago.
about the warm or rather hot sunny days we had last week? It
sure didn’t take long for acres and acres of hay to be cut down.
I hope they get it rolled up before it rains. WTOV cannot
televise a weather report without including showers or rain
three of five days of the week forecast.
ride around and see all the hay mowed down, I can’t help but
think how much work it took for us to put up a little dab of
first had to ride on a mower behind a small mule and a retired
race horse. It wasn’t bad when we finally got a pair of matched
mules. I did have an interesting experience when mowing the
Everything was going fine until I mowed into a nest of bees,
hornets or yellow jackets. I’m not to sure which. As you might
expect they did not approve of being disturbed and started
letting me and the mule know about their displeasure.
mules took off with me on the mower with the knife in the cutter
bar moving at about 60 miles per hour and little stingers flying
had reasonable control until the cutter bar tried to mow off a
fence post. I somehow managed to get by the post but the mules
took off again. We finally stopped and the bees or whatever they
were, made their point and we finished mowing the pasture field.
I was careful and stayed clear of one spot in the field.
After the hay was down and cured it had to be raked into
windrows with what we called a dump rake. You stepped on a
little bar and the rake teeth would lift and leave the hay in a
neat bunch. The only problem was the dumper on our rake didn’t
work too well so we had to reach back and help it work with a
lever that was sticking up. The ride would have been kind of fun
if it had worked.
I couldn't understand why we then had to do what I called
“doodle” the windrows. Make little hay stacks or doodles.
pitched it on the high wheeled wagon with the homemade hay rack,
go to the barn, pitch the hay off, mow it back and we were all
set to feed the old cows all winter. Wheel the left overs to a
pile out back and spread it back on the hay field next spring.
I’ll tell you that kids nowadays have no idea what fun really
really enjoy looking at the pictures of the high school
graduates in the paper. I’m acquainted with very few of them;
however, when you see one who is a son or daughter of a student
you had in class, it kinda makes you feel on the old side. OK,
when someone goes around calling a former student grandpa you
feel older. Who knows? Maybe some of my former students are
called great-grandpa. That classifies you as an old you know
really like the pictures of graduates sporting a big smile.
Makes you feel good. I looked at my graduation picture and I was
sober as a judge. I didn’t realize how handsome I was at the
had little to look forward to except going into the service. I
would suggest present day graduates to get some additional
education in a field they enjoy. Uncle Sam helped me do this.
Anyone who thinks there’s plenty of room at the top has a lot to
learn about pyramids.
There are at about 75 churches in our county; why not try one?
Geraldine M. “Gerry” Carpenter, 81,
Mount Vernon, passed peacefully on May 26, 2010 at
her daughter’s home in Columbus. She was born June 24, 1928 in Calais, a daughter of the
late William and Cecelia Hunkler Howiler.
was a member of the Green Valley Southern Baptist Church. She
was a faith filled woman who enjoyed a life surrounded by loving
family, neighbors and her church community. She was a down home
cook, offering simple fare to all who stopped in.
Surviving are her loving daughter, Cheryl L. Summers of
Columbus; granddaughter, Michelle (Chop) Barnett of
New Albany; sister, Ruth Davis of Mount Vernon; brother,
Jim (Juanita) Howiler of Newark; great-grandchildren, Samuel
Owen Croswell, Elizabeth Anne Croswell, Shawn Michael Barnett;
and many special in-laws and close nieces and nephews.
addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her
husband, Elmer J. Carpenter in 2004; three brothers, Paul,
William, Marvin Howiler; and a sister, Mary Triplett.
Friends were received May 29 until time of service at Dilley-Lasater
Funeral Home, Mount Vernon, with Pastor
Dan Taylor officiating. Burial followed in Mount Vernon Memorial
Gardens, followed by a
time of food and fellowship at Green Valley Southern Baptist
Memorial contributions may be sent to Green Valley Southern
Baptist Church, 1680 Old Delaware Rd., Mount Vernon 43050
or Unity in Community,
74 E. Wootring St., Delaware,
Express condolences to www.dilleylasater.com.
Robert Eugene Morris, 70, Barnesville, died May 24,
2010 at Wheeling Hospital.
He was born Aug. 16, 1939 in
Calais, a son of the late Ermie Morris
and Louise Betts Morris.
was retired from the Bennoc Coal Company.
Surviving are his wife, Dorothy Hoff Morris; a daughter, Donna
Nation of Largo, Fla.; two sons, Larry (Donna) Morris, Robert
(Nancy) Morris, all of Barnesville; four grandchildren, Robin,
Robert, Ryan and Brianna Morris; two step-grandchildren, Jamie
and Andy Biggins; a great-granddaughter, Olivia Morris; two
sisters, Sara (Dave) Lallathin of Akron, Betty (John) Crum of
Cardington; and three brothers, Byron Morris of Akron, Kenneth
(Linda) Morris of Johnstown, and Rodney (Linda) Morris of
addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son,
Douglas Hoff Morris.
Friends were received May 27 at Kelly-Kemp-Braido Funeral Home,
Barnesville, where services were held May 28, with Rev. Andrew
Woods officiating. Burial was in Crestview Cemetery, Barnesville.
Homer Kahrig, 91, Barnesville, died May 26, 2010 at Barnesville Hospital.
He was born Nov. 13, 1918 in
Lewisville, the son of the late Philip
Kahrig and Louise Pfalzgraf Kahrig.
was a retired self-employed carpenter. He served in the U.S.
Navy during WWII, from November of 1944 to January of 1945. He
loved to travel.
Surviving are numerous nieces and nephews; and his companion,
Estella Kalinow-ski of Barnesville.
addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife,
Velva M. Eagon Kahrig, Dec. 16, 2002, whom he married Jan. 16,
1939; five brothers and four sisters.
Friends were received May 28 at Thorn-Black Funeral Home, Quaker City,
where funeral services were held May 29. Burial was in
Cemetery, Quaker City.
condolences to www.thorn-blackfuneralhomes.com
DONALD E. ULLMAN
Donald E. Ullman, 81,
9824 Marysville Rd., Ostrander,
formerly of Monroe
County, died May 26, 2010
at the Delaware Court Health Care Center. He was born Aug. 25,
1928 in Harriettsville, a son of the late Earl Erwin Ullman and
Blanche Elizabeth Morton Ullman Blair.
was a retired tool and die maker for General Motors with 33
years of service; a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and
a member of the NRA.
Surviving are his wife, Doris Smith Ullman, whom he married on
Jan. 23, 1982; three step-daughters, Diane (Paul) Kempf of
Tulsa, Okla., Donette (David) Embaugh of Sunbury, Debbie (Jack)
Long of Marysville; a brother, Larry (Ann) Ullman of
Frederick-town; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one
sister-in-law, Wanda Ullman of Flat Rock,
Mich.; and two nieces and a nephew.
addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his
step-father, Dale Blair; and a brother, John “Frank” Ullman.
Friends were received May 29 until time of service at Watters
Funeral Home, Woodsfield, with military services. Burial
followed in Stafford Cemetery.
Online condolences may be expressed at:www.wattersfuneralhome.com.
SHARLYN B. KING
Sharlyn B. King, 56,
Sardis, died May 26, 2010 at her home.
She was born Nov. 28, 1953 in New Martinsville, a daughter of
the late Samuel and Jessie Marilyn Smittle Lively.
was a member of the American Legion Post 760 Auxiliary in
for 32 years and
Surviving are her husband of 33 years, Donald L. King; a son,
Scott King of St. Clairsville; a brother, Rick (Linda) Lively of
Sardis; two stepdaughters, Terri Lynn (Ed) Henderhan of
Marietta, Michelle (David) Jenkins of Pittsburgh, Pa.; a
stepson, Donald Lee King of Pittsburgh; a grandson, Samuel Scott
King; a niece, Kayla Lively of Columbus; and numerous
stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.
Friends were received May 29 at Grisell Funeral Home, Sardis.
Graveside services and burial were held May 30 at
Cemetery, Hannibal, with Rev. Cathy Harman officiating.
Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com
Florence A. Willey Rice Long
Florence A. Willey Rice Long, 92, Reader,
W.Va., died May 26, 2010 at
Hospital. She was born Oct. 5, 1917
in Rock Camp, Wetzel
the daughter of the late Jim and Susan Yost Willey.
was a homemaker and wife, caregiver for many years at Florence
Rice Nursing Home in Coburn,
and was a member of Eight Mile Church of Christ and Higgins
Chapel Church of Christ.
Surviving are nine children, Tommy Rice of Clarksburg, W.Va.,
Earl (Angie) Rice of Woodsfield, Carl (Debbie) Rice of Burton,
W.Va., Donald (Vickie) Rice of Clarksburg, W.Va., Shirley Titus
of Big Run, W.Va., Doris (Herman) Moore of Spokane, Missouri,
Lola (George) Sapp of Big Run, W.Va., Patricia (Homer)
Hostuttler of Knob Fork, W.Va., Charlene (Bill) Williams of Pine
Grove, W.Va., Carol (Jim) Allen of New Martinsville; sister,
Flossie Miller of Millford; 35 grandchildren; many great and
great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two
husband, Edwin C. Rice, Sr. and Lester “Dick” F. Long; a son,
Jerry Dale Rice; two daughters, Kathy Rice and Louise Rice
Goodrich; five brothers and five sisters.
Friends were received May 28 at Williams Funeral Home, Pine Grove, W.Va.,
where funeral services were held May 29, with Mike Miller and
David Lively co-officiating.
Mannington Memorial Park, Mannington, W.Va
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.
Friends will be received June 4, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at
Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield and one hour prior to
services June 5, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s United Church of
Christ, Woodsfield. Burial follows in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Eastern Star Services will be at 8 p.m. June 4 at the funeral