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March 31, 2011

District 12 Hall of Fame Inductee

Mitch Hannahs-1985

Mitch Hannahs-2011


He is a young man who came from a small rural area and has left an indelible mark on his community. He came from a little school that rose to big heights during the years Mitch Hannahs attended Skyvue High School.

Hannahs began playing ball at an early age. He is the son of Connie Hannahs of Lewisville and the late Marian Hannahs. Throughout his early baseball years, Mitch was coached by his father. The Skyvue teams were always on top. Hannahs continued that winning tradition throughout his career in baseball and basketball. Today he is president of Lincoln Trail College, located in Robinson, Illinois.

Former Skyvue sports standout Mitch Hannahs will be inducted into the District 12 Hall of Fame April 1 at Buckeye Trail. Hannahs, a 1985 graduate of Skyvue High School, was the epitome of a winner in high school as the two-sport, four-year letterman led the Golden Hawks to the state tournament in both basketball and baseball.

“I think a lot of times things come together, the people, the team, the coach. I feel very blessed to have been in the right place, the right time and with the right people. I have been very fortunate that all the ingredients were there,” said Hannahs. Speaking of academics, the honored inductee and college president said, “It helped me a lot growing up in a little school where you got a lot of attention. It helps a lot more than some people would suggest.”

In basketball, Skyvue made the OHSAA state tournaments in Hannahs’ junior and senior seasons, finishing as the Class A runner-up in 1984-85. He was selected first team All-Ohio as a senior and second team as a junior. He was a three-time All-District 12 first team selection and was a two-time first team All-Eastern District, All-OVAC and All-Pioneer Valley Conference honoree. He also participated in the Ohio North-South All-Star classic following a senior season where the 5’10” guard averaged more than 22 points per game.

Hannahs scored 1,605 career points.

In baseball the consistent-hitting and sure-handed shortstop helped the Golden Hawks to the Ohio Class A state championships as a senior (1985) as well as the OVAC and PVC titles. He earned first team All-Ohio, All-Eastern District, All-OVAC and All-PVC honors and was selected for the Ohio Baseball All-Star Series.

Hannahs also received All-Eastern District, All-OVAC and All-PVC honors following his sophomore (1983) and junior (1984) seasons. He was selected as a charter member of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame in 2004.

After high school graduation Hannahs pulled off a rare double when his college team, Indiana State University, advanced to the NCAA Division I College World Series in 1986 and that same season, Hannahs played for the Maynard Post 666 team which advanced to the American Legion World Series. Hannahs was voted MVP of the regional tournament that season and won the “Louisville Slugger Award” for the highest batting average in tournament play. At Indiana State, Hannahs was a three-time All-Missouri Valley Conference performer (1987-89) and was an NCAA Division I All-American following his senior year (1989).

Hannahs previously served as athletic director and head baseball coach at Lincoln Trail College, where he is now president. He also coached for seven years at his alma mater, Indiana State University.

The college president and his wife Amy have three children: Derek, 19, who is a freshman at OSU; Kylee, 16; and Kaleb, nine. The family lives in the small community of Robinson, Illinois.

Hannahs will not be able to attend the induction ceremony but his mother Connie and  his uncle Frank Wise will accept the award on his behalf.

Around the Burnside    

Experience is what allows you to recognize a mistake the second time you make it.

The secret of happy living is not doing what you love, but loving what you do.

Well, spring has sprung so now you can quit complaining about the cold hard winter we had. Of course, March weather is not the most reliable, so be on the lookout for just about any type of weather. Then again if you are complaining about the weather then you are not complaining about something else you can do nothing about. Such is life.

I’m not sure about you but it does make me feel good to learn and see a person you have known since they were a little tike and has become a leader and a success in life. As a teacher I’ve seen many.

One such person is Mitch Hannahs. Mitch is being inducted into the District 12 Hall of Fame of the 2011 class. Most of us remember Mitch not only as an excellent athlete but a top student and just a plain good person.

After graduation he went on to college and kept up what he started in high school and his accomplishments just kept developing. His activities and work have been outstanding. He is now serving as the President at the Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, Ill. I don’t know about you but I’m proud to have been just a very small part of his life while he was growing up. He and many others’ success help make being a teacher worthwhile.

Have you ever gone to sleep and see little basketballs bouncing around all over the place? It happened to me Sunday evening. NCAA College tournament times. This year was the first time four TV stations carried all the games being played and could watch the game of your choice or flip back and forth to any game being played. They also included the score of every game being played and on what channel. This way you could pick the game you thought most exciting. I nearly wore out my remote control.

As long as you have an easy chair, a nice lady to bring you food and a TV commercial to allow you time to visit the little room, you were all set to watch basketball. Perfect for the basketball nut.

I did take a break Sunday morning and attended Sunday School and church. Then because of watching basketball I didn’t bother my computer and had 160 e-mails waiting which included four FaceBook friends that had birthdays last week. I told them why I was late. I didn’t know so many good people were born in March. Ha.

I even watched the Ohio High School girls’ championships on Saturday. I was glad we didn’t attend as the games were a bit boring. We stopped going when we were snowed out and came home before it started several years ago.

This weekend will be a bit different as it is time for our yearly trip to the Ohio High School State boys’ tournament. We’ve been doing this for I have no idea how many years. I know it has been a long time. I’m not sure if we have any district teams going to Columbus. Hiland I think.

I don’t know how many of you follow basketball; however, the team Morgantown Trinity that gave our Bealls-ville team and program such a problem in the OVAC playoff was defected in the finals of the West Virginia boys’ championship. I was kind of happy to hear this as they were also defeated in the OVAC championship. I do not want to express my opinion about the whole deal but I didn’t think much about it. then on the other hand no one asked me.

I always like to read the news of 50 and 70 years ago. I guess maybe it brings back some memories of how it was in the “good old days”.

For example, if you lived in Macksburg 50 years ago and owned a dog you had better kept it tied up. “The Mayor has issued a warning that all dogs caught running loose in the Village of Macksburg will be shot,’ so there.

A mailbag letter - “Having been patient for the past two years in giving the owner of the Caldwell TV Cable System time to perfect and give us good service, I think it is time we are justified in registering our disappointment if not disgust. We are all paying for three channels, and in my opinion it is seldom that we even have a good picture on one” and you think we have TV problems.

The above bit of news was printed in the Caldwell Journal.

Children’s ears may be closed to advice, but their ears are open to example.

Good discussion takes place during Sunday School with church following. Try it sometime.

Our Readers Write

Dear Editor,

Do you know 20 percent of our children have some kind of learning disability? The school helps five percent.

Check out the Ohio Department of Educations website: www.ode.state.oh.us

The rest are throw-a-way.

Step one. Parents make a conference with the teacher. Ask what the problem is. Yes, I said ask. How are they going to know if you don’t speak out. Our teachers are good to help or can find help for you.

Step two. Have them tested for learning disabilities. It helps to know the kind you are working with.

Step three. Learn how to work with it. Check this website at Marburn Academy, www.marburnacademy.org. This is a school that helps teachers teach children with learning disabilities.

I have a learning disability it took me a week to write this letter. I needed help for spelling, newspapers, books, library a Franklin spelling and friends. I also have a new toy, a word right program for my computer. I don’t know how to use it yet. Help! I can read at about a third grade level. I have also learned now that I won’t get past a third grade level, but I love books. Thank God for the Monroe County Library and their books on audio tapes. My spelling is unreadable, I haven’t written in 20 years. So here I am trying to help kids to get more kinds of communication skills for life. No one loves your kids as much as you do. One-on-one may be the only way we can help the schools want to bother.

School board, why aren’t you picking up cans?

Mary K. McIntire




Know Show April 2 and 3
by Martha Ackerman

It’s once again time for the annual Know Show, which celebrates its 20th year in 2011.

“It all began with a dream,” said organizer Jo Eddy at the annual Monroe County Chamber of Commerce dinner March 24. The late Pam Sloan and her sister-in-law Margie Yoss developed that dream into a reality. “Pam loved her family more than anything; second, she loved Monroe County,” said Eddy, adding, “Margie continues to work hard to promote Monroe County with the Know Show, Woodsfield Summer Fest and other activities.

Sloan and Yoss were in business together, By Design, which began in Woodsfield. The idea was to organize a business expo highlighting the goods and services available in Monroe County. Sloan came up with the idea, the Know Show, getting people to know what was available. According to Yoss, there were about 37 exhibitors in that first Know Show. Some of the businesses included: Landmark, D&L Sales, Citizens National Bank, Riesbeck’s Food Market, Woodsfield IGA and Woodsfield Savings Bank.

  “Pam and I were excited when the Chamber approached us to help showcase the businesses of Monroe County,” said Yoss. “I’m pleased to see the continued success of the Know Show. 

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Know Show, daffodils were presented to Margie Yoss and to Kirt Sloan, in memory of his mother, Pam during the Chamber dinner March 24.

The Know Show has continued with 60-90 exhibitors participating each year. It promises to continue that tradition with an array of businesses and services represented in 2011. The event is set for this weekend, April 2 and 3. The Chamber will give away $300 in gift certificates. There will be lots of give-aways as well as items for sale. There is no charge for the event, which will be held at the Black Walnut Center, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

K. Lynn Studio dancers will be on hand to demonstrate their talents. If you missed them at the annual Kiwanis Talent Show, you’ll want to see them at the Know Show. There will be pictures with the Easter Bunny for a small charge and the Easter egg hunt is set for Sunday at 2 p.m. Bring your baskets, kids, and prepare to have a great time! Weather permitting, Air Evac will have a helicopter on site. There will be a country store, a 50/50 drawing and lots of door prizes.

This year’s Know Show is sponsored by the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce and Bauer Turner Furniture Store and Funeral Home, located on South Paul Street in Woodsfield. One of the oldest businesses in the county, Bauer and Turner has been locally owned and serving Monroe County since 1902.

It’s not too late to be an exhibitor. You can call Jo Eddy at 740-472-5846. 

TV and radio personality David Blomquist was the guest speaker at the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce annual dinner held March 24 at the Brown Community Center. Shown with Blomquist, left, are Robyn McGuire, Chamber vice-president, and Rusty Atkinson, Chamber president. Photo by Martha Ackerman

Chamber Dinner Held March 24 
Radio Personality Blomquist is Guest Speaker

The Monroe County Chamber of Commerce held its annual dinner March 24 at the Brown Community Center. Chamber vice-president Robyn McGuire welcomed guests to the 24th annual dinner.

“As I stand before you this evening to welcome you I wanted to share just a couple thoughts,” said McGuire. “Three years ago my life changed when we got the news that my nephew was killed on a battlefield in Iraq. So many things to think about and so many things to be thankful for even in the midst of tragedy. Now, three years later, just one month short of the day of Jesse’s death, my son Patrick deployed to Afghanistan to continue the fight for this country and the freedoms we enjoy. It is a bittersweet thing for me because no mother wants to let her child go into battle, and on the other hand, I am so proud that he chose to do such a good and noble thing. This has changed my life.

“It’s so easy to forget how good we have it here in America and it is so easy to forget that we still have brave men and women in foreign countries continuing to defend our freedoms in this country, so for me to be able to stand here this evening and welcome each of you to this event is a most wonderful blessing. I hope you, too, feel blessed to be able to be here this evening … Thank you for your continued support of our chamber and our country. God bless America, home of the free because of the brave.”

Guest speaker for the evening was David Blomquist, radio talk show host of the ‘Bloomdaddy Experience.’

  “I love Monroe County,” said Blomquist. “I’m a country guy from Laffery. Beallsville, Monroe County and River got a lot of air time because I loved to travel to Monroe County,” said  the former TV sports reporter.

Blomquist related to the audience that his mother is responsible for his getting a break into the radio/television scene. He was right out of college when his mother had mistakenly heard on the radio that a man had been fired from a local station. She urged Blomquist to call which he did hesitantly and found the man hadn’t been fired but had just signed a three-year contract. Blomquist was asked to bring in his resume. So it began.

The talk show host said he made $6.10 an hour his first job. He said it wasn’t about the money because unless the TV or radio personality is in a high market area, the money is not big. The big market jobs, he said, “consumes your life.” He added that he decided he didn’t want that. He said he didn’t make big money but “I’ve gotten to do some really cool stuff.” 

He initiated the segment ‘Everybody’s Got a Story.’ “I would introduce myself, sit down and in 10 minutes I could get a story. I would start piecing it together in my mind.” He related one such story. He went to a woman’s door. “The smell hit me in the face and I decided I would not be going in.” Too late, the door opened and the woman recognized him and was excited. He thought a bat flew by his head but found out it was the woman’s pet crow. He added there was a 250 pound pot bellied pig, a fox and about 25 other animals, “some which could probably kill me.”

Another story he remembered well was on Monroe County’s own Herman Zerger, a World War II veteran who fought on the front lines, was captured and survived in a prison camp on a candy bar. “I got to meet a lot of great people like that.”

Blomquist took the audience down memory lane as he enumerated the sports heroes he had the privilege of meeting during his career. He went on to say he addresses very hard questions on his radio talk show adding he has lost friends over his topics. “I don’t care if I’m liked. If I did I couldn’t do the job properly.” 

He related an occasion on WTRF when a local businessman had his 6th DUI. The man had a $40,000 account with the station and the producers killed the story. “That made me sick,” said Blomquist. “That’s the kind of stuff that has permeated the Ohio Valley for years. People start thinking they can do what they want … I’m like a bloodhound.” His talk show runs from 6-9 a.m. and he talks for three hours. He added that he puts in five to six hours a day to have the material for those three hours. “It’s a job you can’t walk away from but I love it.”

Know Show coordinator Jo Eddy updated guests on the upcoming event April 2 and 3. She noted that this is the 20th year for the event and recognized Margie Yoss and Kirt Sloan. Kirt’s mother, the late Pam Sloan, and Margie Yoss organized the first Know Show, which lets people know the businesses and services available in and around Monroe County.

Recognized during the dinner were Chamber executive officers are: president Rusty Atkinson; vice president Robyn McGuire and treasurer Frank Smithberger. Chamber board members include: Pat Baker, Helen Carpenter, Lida Conn , Jo Eddy, Woody Frame, Ron Gallagher, Dana Inder-muhle, Lance LaFollette, Dick Sulsberger, Don Thompson, Jeff Turner and Larry Ullman. Office manager is Ruth Workman and assistant office manager is Sandy Johnson.



Hannibal resident Shelby Thomas called the Beacon telling us about her grandson, who was wounded in Afghanistan. Cody Pettitt is the son of Renee Lively Pettitt, formerly of the Hannibal area. Cody has a great-grandmother, Dorothy Thomas, who lives in Duffy. We felt this heart-warming story had to be brought to our Beacon readers ...

Reprinted Courtesy of: Pickens County Progress
Jasper, Georgia
Written by: Jeff Warren, Staff Writer

Wounded Marine Still Strong for the Struggle

I met Marine Lance
Corporal Cody Pettitt at his parents' home off Lower Dowda Mill Road. The national flag and the flag of the United States Marine Corps flew from porch posts out front.

Pettitt shook my hand and wheeled himself into the living room, his left leg elevated and stationary, his right forearm in a cast. In March he returns to a Navy hospital at Portsmouth, Virginia where surgeons will perform reconstructive bone surgery to restore his left foot.

An improvised explosive device damaged the foot in December while Pettitt served in Afghanistan. It happened just a month before his unit, the 2nd Battalion 9th Marines, was scheduled to return home to the United States.

Pettitt is 21 years old. "I turned [21] in November over in Afghanistan," he said. A member of the Pickens High class of 2008, he wrestled and ran track before graduation, then enlisted in the Marine Corps at the end of that summer.

His Afghanistan job was in Helmand Province, where Marines were pushing the Taliban out of opium poppy fields that funded the Taliban insurgency. Pettitt's unit worked just north of a place called Marjah.

"Marjah is a city. We were just north of the city limits of Marjah proper," he said. "It's kind of tough to call it a city. It's not really a city. It's just a couple of dirt huts."

It remained important enough for the Taliban to pitch quite a fight for the place. Pettitt's unit had trouble receiving supplies because the area continued to be so "hot," so alive with enemy presence and weapons fire, Pettitt explained. Supply helicopters came under rocket, small-arms and machine gun fire, he said. Their pilots took to dropping out water and moving on, Pettitt said.

"We needed other stuff," he said. "Food, mail, ammo sometimes. They dropped us water––lots and lots of water." So much water, in fact, Pettitt's platoon took to lining their living quarters with stacked bottles of the stuff. "It was ridiculous," he said.

When other supplies started to come through, those included care packages mailed from Marine Corps League Detachment 1280 of Jasper. I asked Pettitt if those made much of an impression. What was in them, I wanted to know.

"Tuna salad and crackers and some seasonings," he recalled. "Rice Krispie treats, magazines, stuff kind of like that."

"Any of it go wasted?" I asked.

"Nah. Not at all," he smiled.

Standard meals were MREs, Marine rations, pre-packaged Meals Ready to Eat. Marines warmed three together with a chemically-activated heater, Pettitt explained.

"We shot a cow once and ate it," he said. "We boiled it. It was delicious." One of the sergeants knew how to slaughter the animal, he said.

His unit worked six months in the same area, Pettitt said, his Marine platoon divided into three squads that rotated duty. Each squad patrolled every third day on a rotation that also included post duty (guarding their house base) and assignment to the quick-react force.

The quick-react force was a squad that stayed geared and armed, ready to go out and give assistance if the squad on patrol came under fire and needed backup.

Once in a while, the duty schedule was rehashed just to disrupt the routine, Pettitt said. "As 'hot' as it was, just doing it over and over, you get used to it and can get complacent," he explained.

Was his unit under fire daily?

"Absolutely," Pettitt said. "Our assignment was contact patrols, basically looking for a fight. That's all it was, finding the enemy and pushing them out of their position. Push out to it. Push through it. Pretty much guaranteed to get in a fight any time you'd leave the little house we had."

"Probably the most rest you got was on post days [guarding the house they were based from]," Pettitt said.

Marines counted enemy kills for morale purposes, he said, and to feed the information to higher-ups. "We're definitely doing some work," Pettitt said.

I asked if Afghans fought beside the Marines.

"Their national army fighting with us? They were," Pettitt said. About 20 Afghans served with his platoon, standing post and on patrol, he said. "We would try to train them and teach them," Pettitt said.

How did they communicate?     "You get to know the guys personality-wise," he said. "With body language you could figure out what they were talking about. They learned more English than we learned Push to [the Afghani language]. Some of 'em were really young: 18, 19. Some were older," he said.

His patrol squad included about a dozen infantrymen led by a sergeant and a lance corporal, Pettitt said. "Our squad was very tight," he said. "A lot of 'em were from Georgia, actually." Some came from Florida, he said. "One of us was from Wyoming. One was from Michigan."

"I was the designated marksman," he told me. Skill with a rifle won Pettitt the use of a superior weapon, a Navy Mark 12. The weapon resembles a Marine infantryman's M-16 rifle, Pettitt said, but is different with some add-ons: a scope; folding prop legs on the forward stock; a suppressor. "All the cool stuff," Pettitt said. "It's like a medium range sniper rifle."

"I wouldn't say I was any type of sniper," Pettitt clarified when I asked. But he can off an enemy at 800 yards, he said.

"They nicknamed his job 'The Guardian Angel'," Cody's father, Phillip Pettitt told me.

The day he was wounded, Pettitt had fired his rifle from a high place. "I was on the roof," he said. "Usually on there I have my suppressor." The suppressor is a silencer that attaches to the rifle muzzle. Usually while on patrol Pettitt removed the suppressor from the rifle so his weapon mimicked a standard infantryman's rifle. But this day, working close to the patrol base, he left the suppressor mounted, he said.

"With that on, you can easily tell it's a different type rifle," he said.

The explosive device that injured Pettitt was a radio-controlled anti-personnel weapon planted in a ditch at the side of the road. It was remotely detonated as his patrol came walking by. "They planted it on the side of the road and saw us coming," Pettitt said.

His unit owned a radio signal jammer (worn like a back pack) for preventing detonation of such radio-activated bombs, Pettitt explained. But rough field use put the device out of commission, he said. It was broken the day he needed its protection.

Called a Directed Fragments Charge, the roadside bomb threw a lethal load of metal in one direction. "Like a shotgun," Pettitt explained. He caught the biggest part of it. "I don't know if they targeted me [because of the Mark 12 rifle he carried] or if I just got lucky," he said. Pettitt received 20 shrapnel wounds along his left side.

    "Each squad has its own corpsman, pretty much," Pettitt said. Navy Corpsman Doc Cataldo patched him up to get him ready for the medevac chopper.

"The evac guys are extremely good," Pettitt said.

"Better than the guys flying those supply helicopters?" I asked.

"Way better," he emphasized. "They could land those birds anywhere. They didn't waste any time either, getting there and getting back as well."

Gaining medical attention each step of the journey, Pettitt made his way to a Navy hospital at Portsmouth, Virginia where he underwent multiple surgeries. Phillip Pettitt told me Navy and civilian doctors at Portsmouth conducted more than a dozen separate clean-out operations, re-exploring Cody's wounds to remove shrapnel and bone fragments.

"When bone breaks, it's very sharp," Cody explained. "You can't leave it in there, 'cause it will cut stuff up."

For a while Cody went back to the operating room each Tuesday and Friday, his dad said. Phillip showed me some of the metal doctors removed, including a shiny ball bearing the size of a marble.

Surgeons have pinned together bones in Cody's damaged left foot. They are scheduled to begin reconstructive bone surgery in March, Cody said.

"They say they can get me running by winter," he said. "They're not for sure about going back––back to my job. That's absolutely what I want to do," he said. "In the field, there's absolutely no slacking, no slowing down––none at all," he explained. "So I may not be able to go back."

Pettitt is halfway through a four-year enlistment. Will he stay in?

"It depends. I don't know if I will or not," he said. "It's up in the air. I love the infantry. The Marines is great. It's awesome," he said. If he cannot return to serve with the infantry, he wants assignment to a Marine job in close support of the infantry, Pettitt said. "As close as I can get," he emphasized.

The Thursday before I interviewed Cody Pettitt, he had been to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina to see his Marine unit return from Afghanistan.

"I went. I saw my guys when they got back," he said. "That was great."

"They were glad to see you, as well," I ventured.

"Yeah. They were," he said.

Phillip Pettitt witnessed that reunion. A Marine with tears on his face hugged Cody's neck, Phillip told me. This was Lance Corporal Robert Hamilton, another wounded Marine already stateside. Cody had saved Hamilton's life overseas, two months before Cody's own wounding. Over his son's protests, Phillip related the story.

Their squad was clearing a village when Hamilton was shot by a sniper and partially paralyzed. Unable to walk, he was down in a street out in the open.

“I looked down the street and seen Pettitt,” Phillip recounted Hamilton's telling. “I hollered loud as I could, 'I'm hit'.”

“He said, 'Pettitt never hesitated',” Phillip told me. “He cut Hamilton's clothes off and found an exit wound as big as a man's fist. Cody pushed some gauze in to stop the bleedin',” Phillip said.

The street remained under enemy fire. Cody stayed with Hamilton 45 minutes as they waited for the medevac helicopter.

Robert Hamilton was walking again at Camp Lejeune. "I owe Cody my life for the rest of my life," Phillip Pettitt remembers Hamilton saying.

"Anybody would have done it," Cody countered. "It's not just one person. It's everybody together." Helicopter gun runs and a Marine machine gunner on the ground supplied suppressing fire that kept enemy bullets off him and Hamilton, Cody explained.

And when the medevac helicopter arrived, Cody carried his wounded comrade––all 190 pounds of him––to the chopper, Phillip said.

"Cody, he'd work out with 300 pounds, and he'll do it again," his father told me. "It'll just take him a while to get over this. He said he was just doing his job––anybody would do it. Well it wasn't crowded out there," Phillip Pettitt pointed out.

Just before the interview ended, Cody showed me a photograph from Afghanistan: Designated Marksman Pettitt in battle gear.

"You look older in cammies," I observed. He smiled––a frank, open smile like a teenager's. He is not a teenager, I realized. A few years, a daily dose of war, have put all that away.


Cody, who is a member of the local American Legion Post 60, was awarded the Purple Heart.    


According to Cody’s grandmother, the young Marine underwent a six-hour surgery March 21 which was deemed successful. Cody’s mother texted Shelby that Cody is doing well and will be in therapy for two weeks then on 30 days leave to recuperate in Georgia. His mother wrote, “It’s a miracle. I feel like I’ve won the lottery!”


■  3-31 Classifieds


Erma J. Tisher, 86, Hannibal, died March 22, 2011, at Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling. She was born May 28, 1924 in New Martinsville, a daughter of the late Mossell and Laura Holland Potts.

She was a former employee of Viking Glass; a retired custodian from the Switzerland of Ohio School District; and attended Hannibal United Methodist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Tom tisher, Tim (Cathy) Tisher, both of Hannibal; a grandson, Casey Tisher; and a granddaughter, Kelsie Tisher.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald A. Tisher; a sister, Pauline Voelp; and four brothers, Cecil Potts, Hollie Potts, Francis Potts and Roy Potts.

Friends were received March 26 until time of the funeral services at Grisell Funeral  Home & Crematory, New Martinsville, with Rev. Lee Ann Dunlap officiating. Burial followed in Emma Grove Cemetery, Hannibal.

Sympathy expressions at: grisellfuneralhomes.com

Benjamin L. Hines, 74, 50953 TR 847, Summerfield, (Calais Community) died March 27, 2011 at his home. He was born Dec. 5, 1936 at Arthurdale, W.Va., a son of the late James H. and Mary L. Haga Hines.

He was a retired steel worker for McNeil Corp., Akron, and was a Protestant by faith. He also enjoyed life on his farm.

Surviving are his wife, Barbara Cress Hines, whom he married Oct. 12, 1957; two sons, Bruce Hines of Akron, Bill Hines of Columbus; two sisters, Shirley (Bud) Stanton of Elyria, Nancy Barker of Iowa; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Robert Hines and his grandparents, Ben and Freda Haga, and Mary White.

Friends will be received March 31 at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield, from 6 - 8 p.m., where funeral services will be held April 1, at 1 p.m., with Pastor Brandon Ward officiating. Burial will follow in the Calais Cemetery. 

Samuel C. Straub, 90, Sardis, died March 27, 2011. He was born Feb. 28, 1921 in Sardis, a son of the late John R. and Mary O. Winkler Straub

He was a member of the Zion United Church of Christ in Sardis; the American Legion Post 760 and the USWA 5760 Retirees, both of Hannibal. He was a graduate of Hannibal High School and The Ohio State University class of 1949. He was in the Navy and served in WWII. He then worked at the Hammond Meat Company in Cleveland before returning to Monroe County to work and later retire from Conalco.

Some of Sam’s favorite hobbies included working on his farm, auctioneering, and doing dozer work.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Janet R. (Bauman) Straub; his children, Gary (Pam) Straub, Cindy (Bob) Bolen, Dan (Kendra) Straub and Greg (Michele) Straub, all of Sardis; eight grandchildren, Christy Bolen, Austin (Leanne) Straub, Scott (Cassandra) Bolen, Mandy (Ryan) Aberegg, Todd (Nicole) Bolen, Cody Straub, Katelyn and Meighan Straub; three great-grandchildren, Alinza Bolen, Griffin and Caiden Straub; a sister, Anna Kernen of Clarington; and two brothers, Roy (Winifred) Straub of Greenville, N.C. and Emerson (Florence) Straub of Sardis.

In addition to  his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Wesley; a niece and nephew, Donna and Roger Straub; a daughter-in-law, Denise Straub; and twin grandchildren, Dalton Kirby and Victoria Grace Straub.

Friends were received March 29, at Grisell Funeral Home, Clarington, where funeral services will be held March 30, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Terry Pringle officiating. Burial will be in Zion Memorial Garden, Sardis, where the American Legion Post 760 will conduct military graveside services.

Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Memorial Garden Cemetery Fund, c/o Neal Marty, 47266 SR 536, Clarington, OH 43915.

Sympathy expressions at: grisellfuneralhomes.com