Phil Keevert Hired as EMA Director
residents filled the Monroe County Commissioners’ hearing room
on Mar. 1 demanding answers from county officials during their
Lonnie Tustin, county engineer, was called in to the meeting by
Commissioner John Pyles to address many of the residents’
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
Valley to survey the
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
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.
am,” responded Tustin.
Hercher asked, “Why is the county paying for damages that they
are not responsible for?”
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
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.
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
chimed in and said, “They [State Highway Patrol] can’t weigh the
trucks on county
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?”
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, itâ€™s tough to find
something to write about during a big snow. I wonder who started
calling it an icicle. If you didnâ€™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 Iâ€™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
Why didnâ€™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,
â€śAre you sure you didnâ€™t need more water, Sally, good old
Maybe when a hoof goes into the milk bucket, â€śnow Jane you
know you shouldnâ€™t do that. Itâ€™s not nice for a good cow
Maybe, â€śSally, you know it bothers the milker when you swat
them in the head with your tail no matter how many flies are
to do better like Bessie does.â€ť
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 Iâ€™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 couldnâ€™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.
Iâ€™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 weâ€™ve tuned a lot of whatâ€™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 couldnâ€™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. Iâ€™m not sure I
learned. There are two black lines called hog lines. Donâ€™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
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 doesnâ€™t have a granite
block in the house you canâ€™t score a point.
I really donâ€™t know why I enjoy watching. Maybe itâ€™s seeing
them slide on the ice and brush the ice with little mops.
I do know the
has a long way to go as neither the men nor the girls won many
matches. Iâ€™m sure curling will not be available in our schools
very soon. I do understand Wii has a curling game, so there you
I also watched a couple of hockey games which I know little
about except when the puck goes into the net itâ€™s a point and
the players skate for 60 minutes. Thatâ€™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
Advice: Donâ€™t interfere with something that ainâ€™t bothering
I am writing you today to ask for your
financial support of a very important project in
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
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
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
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,
could lose the one person who is working for the entire county.
Contributions can be made to Monroe Arts Council,
P.O. Box 634,
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
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
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
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
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
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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
“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
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.”
Vote for Charlie and
Charlie Kozlesky, former Woodsfield resident, is one of only
five finalists in the National Champion Against Child Hunger
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.
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
Courtesy of the Times Leader
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
“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
“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
“The best health care in the world is why my daughter is walking
around at four years old,â€ť
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
Nancy Lee Truax, 64, Woodsfield, died Feb. 24, 2010 at
was born Nov. 3, 1945 in
County, a daughter of
Mildred Marie Nalley Stephens of Woodsfield and the late John R.
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 Childrenâ€™s Drive West,
Columbus, OH 43205.
Condolences may be ex-pressed at: www.bauerturner.com
WALTER L. ROSENLIEB
Walter Leland Rosenlieb, 88, 35194 SR 800,
Sardis, (Trail Run community) died Feb. 26, 2010 at
Hospital, Glen Dale,
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. Paulâ€™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
Cemetery, with military graveside
services by American Legion Post 760,
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,
Online condolences may be expressed
TONY L. QUAILS
Tony Lee "Johnny" Quails, 75, Woodsfield, died Feb. 25,
2010 at the Ohio
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., â€ś9-11â€ť
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
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,
Memorial contributions may be made to the
114 N. Paul St., Woodsfield, OH 43793. Condolences may be expressed at
ROBERT L. DENNIS
Robert Lawrence Dennis, 71, Clarington, died Feb. 27,
2010 at Wheeling Hospital.
He was born Aug. 7, 1938 in
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
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
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,
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
Condolences may be expressed at: www.dilleylasater.com