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March 4, 2010

Angry Sycamore Valley
Residents Want Answers
Phil Keevert Hired as EMA Director

by Taylor Abbott
Staff Writer

Sycamore Valley residents filled the Monroe County Commissioners’ hearing room on Mar. 1 demanding answers from county officials during their weekly session.

Lonnie Tustin, county engineer, was called in to the meeting by Commissioner John Pyles to address many of the residents’ roadway concerns.

John Burkhart, Sycamore Valley, spoke to officials briefly. His main concern was Tustin’s damage estimate believed to be around $25,000. “That is a sad joke if you believe $25,000 is going to cover the costs of repairing our roadways,” said Burkhart. He added that County Road 14 is in worse shape now than in January when commissioners visited Sycamore Valley to survey the damage. 

Don Hercher, Sycamore Valley, said, “The damage to our roadways has more than doubled since January.” He said that the logging company has left the area but believes it is only temporary. 

Sheriff Chuck Black, also in attendance, said, “It is my understanding that they plan to be in the county for two years.” 

Hercher’s concerns went further than just the damage done to the roadways. “Who is paying for all this stone and manpower that is being used on these roads?” he asked.

“I am,” responded Tustin. Hercher asked, “Why is the county paying for damages that they are not responsible for?” 

Tustin fielded the question saying, “We estimated the cost of repairs to be around $24-$25,000 and asked the logging company if they would pay half.”

Hercher proceeded by saying, “I would like copies, and I’ll pay for them if need be, of the agreement between you and the logging company and the estimated costs for repairing our roadways.” 

“No agreement between the logging company and the engineer’s office was made,” replied Tustin. “We just asked if they would pay half of the cost.”


Burkhart asked, “Where do we go from here? We have talked to prosecuting attorney Lynn Riethmiller’s office and he referred us to the commissioners and the sheriff.” Riethmiller was not available during the meeting. 

“I wish Lynn was here to answer some of these questions because legally I do not know what route we can take,” said Pyles Sheriff Black responded by saying that the Sheriff’s office cannot become involved unless the situation is criminal. “This is a civil matter. If someone wants to file a civil suit for damages, that has to be between Lonnie’s office and the prosecuter’s office.” Hercher asked Black, “Who is authorized to stop and weigh these trucks?” 

Tustin chimed in and said, “They [State Highway Patrol] can’t weigh the trucks on county

or township roads. “That’s not what we were told,” Hercher said. Burkhart stood and said he would gladly call the head of the scales and weight division in Cambridge and let the officials speak to him. Pyles put the conversation on conference call so that all in attendance could listen. 

After a lengthy discussion, the officer said, “The sheriff’s office must request the scales in advance so that ample time is given for an officer to get to that area and weigh the truck. The trucker can only be held a maximum of 60 minutes. If the scales are not there within that time frame, the truck must be released in accordance with the law.”

Commissioner Tim Price asked, “Who is authorized to issue a citation if the truck is over the weight limit?”

“The sheriff or a deputy must issue the citation to the truck driver if his truck is overweight,” said the officer.

Around the Burnside    

Words that soak into your ears are whispered, not yelled.

Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

I happened to think of a contest that might be fun during the thaw and cold nights. As I ride around I notice icicles hanging everywhere. Contest? Who has the longest icicle? First prize could be a 25 pound block of ice. OK, it’s tough to find something to write about during a big snow. I wonder who started calling it an icicle. If you didn’t know and saw the word icicle, would you think of ice?

I ran across a couple of things in the last issue of the Readers Digest I thought you might want to know, maybe not.

One of them I think I’ve mentioned before so I guess It must be right. This info is for dairy farmers. It seems as though cows should be given a name and treated kindly by talking to them somewhat like a pet. By doing this, it will increase their milk production.

Why didn’t I know that years ago when I could have put it to good use? Then on the other hand, it would have been tough when you were carrying water by the bucket through the snow to say, “Are you sure you didn’t need more water, Sally, good old gal?” Maybe when a hoof goes into the milk bucket, “now Jane you know you shouldn’t do that. It’s not nice for a good cow like you.”; Maybe, “Sally, you know it bothers the milker when you swat them in the head with your tail no matter how many flies are bothering you.”Try to do better like Bessie does.” Or maybe you sing a happy song when you clean out the you know what with the wheelbarrow. We were only getting paid ten cents a quart for milk.

Another thing I read I’m sure you are not interested about or have any experience in finding out the results of the question.

A couple of folks wondered which would cause the most damage, being hit on the head with an empty or a full beer bottle. I thought as perhaps a lot of other folks thought the same things. Wrong! They couldn’t find anyone to provide their heads for testing, so they dropped steel balls on bottles to prove a point. It seems that the full bottles broke easier than the empty bottles. Thus getting hit over the head with an empty beer bottle will cause more damage than a full bottle. They claimed the pressure inside of a full bottle caused it to break easier. I’d guess getting hit on the head with either would cause quite a knot on your head.

Have you been watching the Olympics? I kind of hate to admit it but we’ve tuned a lot of what’s going on.

Curling seems to be one of the most interesting events as they have been showing a lot of the curling matches or games or whatever you call it. I kind of got the big for watching curling four years ago.

I couldn’t figure what was going on four years ago and had trouble trying again this year.

I went to my trusty computer for the rules. I’m not sure I learned. There are two black lines called hog lines. Don’t ask why. You let loose of your block of granite before you slide past the first line and it must slide across the second line to count.

There is a 12 foot target at the end called the house. The idea is to slide your chunk of granite closest to the center of the house than your opponent. If you do, you score a point. On the other hand, I think if your opponent doesn’t have a granite block in the house you can’t score a point.

I really don’t know why I enjoy watching. Maybe it’s seeing them slide on the ice and brush the ice with little mops.

I do know the U.S. has a long way to go as neither the men nor the girls won many matches. I’m sure curling will not be available in our schools very soon. I do understand Wii has a curling game, so there you go.

I also watched a couple of hockey games which I know little about except when the puck goes into the net it’s a point and the players skate for 60 minutes. That’s why they have so many players on a team. Someone said a football was in play only 11 minutes during a game.

I read that folks who attend church are happier than those who don’t.

Advice: Don’t interfere with something that ain’t bothering you.


Our Readers Write

Dear Friends,

I am writing you today to ask for your financial support of a very important project in Monroe County that I totally believe in and support 100 percent.

When Debbie Haney was director of Monroe County Jobs and Family Services she recommended the hiring of Tom Scott for the position of Economic Developer. Debbie, along with Tom’s help, created “Team Monroe.” Team Monroe is an innovative concept that involves volunteers from the entire county working to improve life in
Monroe County. The areas that TM has focused on are infrastructure, transportation, education, business incubator and tourism.

Tom was laid off by the Monroe County Commissioners due to finances in March 2009. A group of very concerned citizens: Kiven Smithberger, Tracey Craig, Nikki Baker, Mitchell Schumacher, Suzanne Pollock and I decided this was not the time for Monroe County to be without an Economic Developer, and we formed Friends of Team Monroe. This group was formed to employ Scott as Community Developer, and to find finances to support this employment. Scott agreed to work for about half of his previous salary, proving that he was not here for the money, but to help Monroe County prosper.

Letters were sent to many businesses and individuals explaining the situation and soliciting financial support. Thank you to the many contributors who have supported this most worthy cause. Donations have been used for operating capital, salary, equipment, and matching funds for grant applications. Monroe Arts Council, a non-profit 501(c) (3), agreed to be the fiscal agent until Team Monroe received their own non-profit status.

Much progress has been made. The opening of the incubator kitchen at Midway Community Center, working to attract a higher education center in Monroe County, working with Ohio Department of Transportation for funding to develop an access road from SR 800 to the Black Walnut Parkway, exploring funding for a feasibility study for the increased use of the railroad on the riverfront, helping secure a location for the Riverfront Museum, and much more.

Can we afford to not have a Community Developer in these most trying times? I think not. Unless the business community and concerned citizens step up to the plate financially,
Monroe County could lose the one person who is working for the entire county. Contributions can be made to Monroe Arts Council, P.O. Box 634, Woodsfield, OH 43793. Make a notation on memo line c/o Team Monroe. Should you have any questions, please feel free to call me at work at 472-0873 or at home 472-0416. I thank you in advance for your prompt response to this request.

May God bless,
Pandora J. Neuhart, Woodsfield


Dear Editor,
Fraudulent Schemes Target the Innocent

March 7 through March 13 is National Consumer Protection Week. This is the time of year when the Postal Service teams up with other Government agencies to caution consumers to protect themselves and their loved ones. Each year, many unsuspecting individuals are cheated out of their money and their identities by savvy thieves! Don’t let it happen to you.

Scam artists continue to think of more and more ways to cheat us. If you receive an offer that sounds too good to be true, it is! Are you being pressured to act right away? Don’t do it. Don’t fall for promises that guarantee success and promise high returns. Are you being asked to send money to receive free gift? Think about why you would be charged if the gift is free. If it doesn’t seem like a real business and doesn’t feel right, do your homework and check it out before you fall for it. Read on for some typical types of fraudulent schemes.

Have you been asked to receive a package at your home to mail to someone else? Don’t do it. This is a reshipping scam. These are frequently disguised as career opportunities on the internet for merchandising manager, or package processing A\assistant and the like. The real story is that criminals have purchased merchandise with stolen credit cards and need your help to smuggle the goods out of the country. Be warned. The company is fake, the mailing labels are counterfeit, and if you help them, you are committing a felony. These same reshipping scams also lurk on dating websites and internet auctions or classified advertisement sites.

Foreign business offers from supposed foreign officials or businessmen offer proposals over the internet. The sender wants to move large sums of money from a foreign country and needs your help. You are sent a large check to deposit into your account. Once the funds become available, the con artist asks you to wire some of the money back, but allows you to keep a sizable amount for your efforts. Once you wire the funds, you find out the check was fraudulent and now you are held responsible for the loss and the associated fees. Similar scams might say you have won a foreign lottery or you are the beneficiary of someone’s estate, most likely a long-lost relative you never knew you had. Don’t fall for it. these types of scams come in different forms, but be assured all are scams.

You can help educate your friends, relatives and neighbors by passing this information on.
Don’t let those you love become victims of crime.

The Mail Fraud Statue is the oldest and most effective consumer protection statute and Postal Inspectors have been using this statute to preserve the integrity of the U.S. Mail since the law was enacted in 1872. Postal inspections work with federal, and international law enforcement agencies, as well as a variety of bank and credit card issuers, financial institutions, retail merchants, credit bureaus, and other industries to educate consumers to prevent the spread of identify theft and fraudulent schemes.

Dana Schuler
Summerfield Postmaster 

Dear Editor,

Some 61 percent of voters want the U.S. House and Senate to scrap their health care reform bills and start over, according to a recent Rasmussen survey. But lawmakers from both chambers continue to meet behind closed doors trying to forge a compromise bill. How does continuing bad with bad make good?

As the owner of a small business in the county, I am particularly concerned about the mandates, penalties and taxes Congress has directed at small businesses. Even in this tough economic climate, many small businesses have persevered. Collectively, two-thirds of new jobs are generated by small companies. A full 90 percent of U.S. companies employ 20 workers or fewer. But our nation’s economic engine - small businesses - may sputter and stall if forced to comply with requirements proposed in the health care bills.

Congress, like it or not, should go back to the drawing board with health care reform. American citizens have voiced their disdain for this work on this more loudly and clearly than on any other issue in recent history. Health care reform is needed, but not at the expense of U.S. small businesses.

Mr. and Mrs. Don Pollock

Letters to the editor are welcome and encouraged. Letters must contain a signature and either an address or phone number for confirmation purposes. Signatures will be used on all letters. We reserve the right to edit any statements we feel may be libelous. Please follow the guidelines of good taste and brevity. Editing of letters for spelling or grammar will not be done unless specifically requested. 



The big yellow school busses sat in the snow last Thursday and Friday as two more school days were missed because of the snow covered roads. Starting Monday, school days were lengthened one-half hour to begin making up the missed days. 

School Days Extended Half Hour 
Saturday Class Necessitated

Snow has caused much havoc in the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District (SOLSD). Students have missed 12 days of school due to winter weather. Monroe County has been under a level 2 emergency several times.  School days have been extended and a Saturday session is set for April 10. Negotiations are underway for scheduling the remaining make-up day.

“The State of Ohio currently forgives five days due to calamity. With this forgiveness,” said Larry Elliott, SOLSD Superintendent, “our district is facing 12 days (as of March 1) of instruction to be made up.”

The current school calendar has built into it the following days for make-up: Friday, June 4; Monday, June 7; Tuesday, June 8; Wednesday, June 9; and Thursday, June 10.

“This leaves us with seven days currently to be made up,” continued Elliott. “The Ohio Department of Education has authorized school districts the option of adding onto their existing days of instruction to make up for missed days.

“Our district is intent on utilizing this option which started Monday, March 1, and ends Friday, April 30. On Monday, March 1, the school day was extended by one-half hour.”

The school superintendent asks that home schedules be adjusted accordingly. “Our schools will be keeping your children one extra half hour. The busses will be running one-half hour later in the afternoons. This gains us four days.” 

The district has scheduled Good Friday as a make-up day. A two-hour early dismissal will be utilized on that day. This gains one day. 

“Our high school graduation ceremonies will be moved forward one week to allow for student attendance.”

A Vote for Charlie and Ohio
Charlie Kozlesky

Charlie Kozlesky, former Woodsfield resident, is one of only five finalists in the National Champion Against Child Hunger contest. 

Your votes will help Kozlesky win a $5,000 grant and ConAgra, the grant sponsor, will send Kozlesky to New York City to appear on the Food Network. 

Votes can be cast once per day until the contest ends on March 16. Voting can be done on Facebook or ConAgra’s site by clicking VOTE next to Charlie Kozlesky, Columbus, Ohio.

Readers are asked to vote each day to help Kozlesky become the National ConAgra Champion Against Child Hunger. “This is a simple, quick way to help us secure much-needed funding for our programs,” said Kozlesky, who has been instrumental in getting funds for the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District’s breakfast and lunch programs.

“Charlie Kozlesky has always been dedicated to the well being of our children in the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District,” said Tina Hogue, food service manager for the SOLSD. “Through his work with the Children’s Hunger Alliance, Charlie has always been a vital asset to our district. He has helped with our breakfast and lunch programs, helping to bring nutritious meals to our students. He is an important key to the growth of our programs. Be sure to cast your vote for Charlie.”

Kozlesky taught for 10 years in the local school district. He also taught for 10 years at Shenandoah and has brought the Run for Kids to Woodsfield for 32 years. The Woodsfield run has raised thousands of dollars for Columbus Children’s Hospital and Monroe County children.  

Attending a gathering Feb. 25 for a Webinar with American for Prosperity were local residents Becki and Jimmy Williams, shown with their 4 yr. old daughter Karley, who underwent a heart transplant at age two.

 Photo Courtesy of the Times Leader

Local Couple Attends Health Care Webinar Event

As health care reform continues to be an important topic in the minds of many Americans, a group of people gathered at Undo’s Restaurant in St. Clairsville Feb. 25 for a Webi-nar party with Americans for Prosperity, which has said it has concerns about current health care proposals.

Attending the event were Jimmy and Becki Williams of Woodsfield, along with their daughter Karley. 

Karley was diagnosed with carnitine palmitoyl transferase deficiency-Type II, a rare disease that prevents fatty acids from being turned into energy because they lack the carnitine palmitoyl transferase II enzyme.

Williams explained that the absence of the enzyme causes the muscles in the body to die resulting in heart failure. At age two, Karley underwent a heart transplant which allows her body to function and saved her life.

The Williams family fears that if there are drastic changes to health care, it might prevent children like Karley from getting the care they need. Karley is the oldest living child, who has had this enzyme deficiency. Most children do not live past two years old.

“My concern is with the Obama Health Care plan is this - everything is done behind closed doors - there are no cameras rolling and people don’t know what is going on,” said Jimmy Williams. 

“I don’t like the talk of there being a long wait to find out if you are going to get treatment or not,” said Karley’s father. “With my daughter, when they put her on the transplant list, they immediately started searching for a heart.”

But the Williamses are concerned that this may not be the case if the system changes.

Williams continued to say that the plan could be detrimental to small businesses that might not be able to afford to pay for the government’s proposals. 

“The best health care in the world is why my daughter is walking around at four years old,” said Williams. “I can’t say that it’s (health care system) not broken, maybe it needs fixed a little bit, but I think we need to look at other places.”


Nancy Lee Truax, 64, Woodsfield, died Feb. 24, 2010 at Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus. She was born Nov. 3, 1945 in Monroe County, a daughter of Mildred Marie Nalley Stephens of Woodsfield and the late John R. Stephens.

Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her husband of 45 years, Richard F. Truax of Woodsfield; a daughter, Lee Ann (Virgil) Hamilton of Jackson; a very special grandson, Zachary Richard Hamilton; five brothers, Thomas (Zee) Stephens of Lewisville, John (Carolyn) Stephens, Larry (Debbie) Stephens, Randy (Anita) Stephens, Rick (Shelly) Stephens, Gary (Debbie) Stephens, all of Woodsfield; eight sisters, Sue Ledergerber of Jacobsburg, Mary Yoho, Helen (Donald) Ward, Dorothy (Dale) Elliott, Judy (James) Mellott, Debra (Doug) Ward, all of Woodsfield, Barbara (Terry) Kendall of Marietta, Rita (John) Hanes of Barnesville, and several nieces and nephews.

Friends were received Feb. 26 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where funeral services were held Feb. 27, with Rev. Richard Wilson officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery, Woodsfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald Mc-Donald House, 555 Children’s Drive West, Columbus, OH 43205. Condolences may be ex-pressed at: www.bauerturner.com

Walter Leland Rosenlieb, 88, 35194 SR 800, Sardis, (Trail Run community) died Feb. 26, 2010 at Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Glen Dale, W.Va. He was born Oct. 6, 1921 at Wanamaker, Monroe County, Benton Twp., a son of the late Lewis and Jennie Lusher Rosenlieb.

He was a retired security guard for Ormet Corporation, Hannibal; a U.S. Army veteran serving during WWII; was a member of the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference, St. Paul’s Church, Trail Run; a member of the Masonic Lodge #274, New Matamoras; member of the Valley of Cambridge; the Osiris Shrine, Wheeling; a member of the American Legion Post 760, Hannibal; and was a life member of the Ohio Genealogical Society and Monroe County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society and a member of the National Rifle Association.

Surviving are his wife, Lottie Juanita Johnson, whom he married on Jan. 4, 1946; a son, Coy Denard (Rita Diane Byers) Rosenlieb of Sardis; a daughter, Charlotte Renae Rosenlieb (David Carl) Wells of Sardis; four grandchildren, Brian David (Tara) Wells, Troy Lee (Christina) Rosenlieb, Annika Ranae (Lee) Wells-Driggs, Mindy Dawn Rosenlieb (Mark) Panepinto; eight great-grandchildren, Shannon Delane Carpenter, Brianna Mae Wells, Andrew Daland Wells, Rylee Brianne Driggs, Hunter Lee Driggs, Abbigayle Nicole Wells, Alliston Nadine Wells and Ava Lynn Rosenlieb; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ernest Louis Rosenlieb; a sister, Phylis Eloise Rosenlieb Ritchie; four half-brothers, Charles Clarence Lusher, Cash Denver Rosenlieb, Paul Lusher, Doyle Eugene Rosenlieb; five half-sisters, Theresia Leonora Rosenlieb Twyman, Anna Lusher Barr, Doris Alberta Rosenlieb Kemp, Mary Lou Rosenlieb Bever, Shirley Ann Rosenlieb West; a step-brother, Robert Richard Lohr and a step-sister, Dorothy Elizabeth Lohr Schmidt.

Friends were received March 1 at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield, whee funeral services were held March 2, with Rev. Alfred Bingenheimer officiating. Burial followed in New Matamoras Cemetery, with military graveside services by American Legion Post 760, Hannibal.

Masonic services were held March 1 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio Masonic Home, 2655 West National Rd., Springfield, OH 45504-3698.

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

Tony Lee "Johnny" Quails, 75, Woodsfield, died Feb. 25, 2010 at the Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling. He was born Dec. 23, 1934 in Minter, Alabama, a son of the late J. R. and Pearl Nicholson Quails.

He retired from Ormet Corporation, Hannibal, was a 52 year charter member of the First Baptist Church, Woodsfield, served as a trustee and usher, served with the Ohio Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Team: flood disaster Oceana, W.Va., “9-11” at Floyd Bennett Airfield, Brooklyn, NY and Hurricane Relief at Ocala, Florida and Beaumont, Texas. He was a member of the Monroe Lodge #189 F & A.M. Woodsfield. He was a former member of Woodsfield VFD.

Surviving are his wife Darlene Workman Quails of Woodsfield, whom he married June 15, 1957; a son, Anthony "Tony" (Alma) Quails of Jacksonville, Fla.; two daughters, Angela (John) Hare of Louisville, Ky., Anita (Mark) Hoke of Laings; mother-in-law, Eunice Workman of Woodsfield; two sisters, Cora Ray of Mobile, Ala., Grace A. (CT.) Burkett of Fairhope, Ala.; six grandchildren, Leah (Bill) Sikes of Proctorville, Anthony (Kumi) Quails of Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, N.M., Nathan Quails of Jacksonville, Fla., Brandon Hare and fiancee Molly Hamilton of Louisville, Ky., Brian Hare of Louisville, Ky. Britney Hoke of Laings; and four great-grandchildren, Sarah and Aiden Quails, and Libby and Will Sikes.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six brothers, J.W., Edsol, Allen, James, Paul, Billy; three sisters, Magratha, Ruby, Mary; and brother-in-law, Elroy Workman.

Friends were received March 1 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, Funeral ser-vices were held March 2 at the First Baptist Church, Woods-field, with Pastor Tony Klinedinst officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Woods-field.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, 114 N. Paul St., Woodsfield, OH 43793. Condolences may be expressed at www.bauerturner.com

Robert Lawrence Dennis, 71, Clarington, died Feb. 27, 2010 at Wheeling Hospital. He was born Aug. 7, 1938 in Monroe County, a son of the late Walter Russell Dennis and Josephine Alberta Ueltschy Dennis.

Surviving are two sons, Franklin Dennis of Clarington, Larry (Rhonda) Dennis of Woodsfield; two sisters, Virginia (Bill) Hanahan of Germantown, Margery Schindler of Clarington; three brothers, Lee Dennis, Gene (Linda) Dennis, Gordon (Barbara) Dennis, all of Clarington; two grandchildren, Andy and Nikki Dennis; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel L. Dennis in 2005.

Friends were received March 2 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where services will be held March 3, at 1 p.m. Burial in Moffett Church Cemetery, near Woodsfield.

Condolences may be expressed at bauerturner.com

Maynard Weckbacher, 82, Lowell, died Feb. 21, 2010, at Marietta Memorial Hospital. He was born Aug. 6, 1927 in Sycamore Valley, a son of the late Roscoe Ralph and Daisy C. Anderson Weckbacher.

He retired from Weyerhaeuser Company in Aug. 1992. He enjoyed hunting and flying and was a member of the National Rifle Association.

Surviving are two brothers, Wilbert (Dorothy) Weckbacher of Lowell, Dean (Sharon) Weckbacher of Sycamore Valley; a sister, Laura (Charles )Ayers of Sycamore Valley and several nieces and nephew.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mamie Ladonna Weck-bacher; and two brothers, Alton and Mark Weckbacher.

There were no calling hours. Private burial will take place in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens. The Dilley-Lasater Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is handling the funeral arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed at: www.dilleylasater.com