Official Count, Breakdown of School Bond Issue Tax Levy
count for the Switzerland of Ohio School District bond and tax
levy became available May 19.
was approved by district voters 4,281 to 3,199.
County, the issue passed with 30
voting for and 28 voting against the issue.
It passed in
Belmont County with 525 for and 389 voting
against the bond and tax levy.
County 3,277 voters said yes to the levy issue and 2,228 said
no. Of the 10,285 registered voters, 5,531 cast ballots.
a breakdown for Monroe,
with the first number being yes votes.
138 - 113
63 - 57
41 - 81
Woodsfield North: 202 - 58
South A: 145 - 46
South B: 201 - 58
South C: 154 - 57
Center North: 165 - 85
Center South: 192 - 75
81 - 75
Green: 85 - 109
78 - 89
Lee North:110 - 119
Lee South: 84 - 115
East: 93 - 72
West: 131 - 79
North: 149 - 78
South: 92 - 104
Perry: 94 - 89
Clarington: 43 - 55
105 - 106
Seneca: 26 - 12
180 - 102
Beallsville: 96 - 33
Sunsbury: 257 - 149
116 - 56
84 - 94
72 - 62
Honored With a Resolution
Representative Jennifer Garrison presented Karissa Martin, Miss
Ohio 2008, with a Resolution May 20 in honor and appreciation of
her service to the State of Ohio. Shown, from left, are Rep.
Allan Sayre, Rep. Mark Okey, Karissa Martin and Rep. Jennifer
Representative Jenni-fer Garrison (D-Marietta) presented a
Resolution May 20 on behalf of the Ohio House of Representatives
in honor of Miss Ohio 2008, Karissa Martin.
“I m pleased
to present Miss Martin with a Resolution in honor and
appreciation of her service to our State as Miss Ohio 2008,”
said Rep. Garrison. “She is an extraordinary young woman, and I
am happy to have her represent our region and state.”
Representatives Allan Sayre (D-Dover) and Mark Okey
(D-Carrollton) supported the honorary Resolution and joined Rep.
Garrison in congratulating Miss Ohio on her achievements.
altogether appropriate that we recognize Karissa, not just for
her beauty and talent, but also for her work in educating young
people in skin cancer prevention,” Rep. Okey declared as Miss
Martin was recognized by the House.
tenure as Miss Ohio,
Miss Martin has traveled extensively to promote understanding
and awareness of the dangers of skin cancer and methods of
prevention. She has used her crown as a platform to reach out to
young people and has logged over 30,000 miles in her efforts to
support skin cancer prevention methods aimed especially at Ohio’s young adult
Project Stakeholders Meet
Manchester, left, vice-president, BSHM, and Paul Ricciuti,
director of planning, BSHM, architects, look over notes during
an initial meeting of firms involved with new and renovated
schools for the Switzerland of Ohio School District.
Strickland and State Rep. Jennifer Garrison will be in
Woodsfield June 19 at 1 p.m. to present a ceremonial check for
the six new schools and renovated high school in the Switzerland
of Ohio Local School District.
schools and renovation became possible when district voters
approved an 8.19 mill tax levy by an official vote of 4,281 to
School Facilities Commission is paying 63 percent of the total
cost for the construction and renovation project. As a result of
a one-time offer from the state, the district’s share was
reduced from 55 percent to 37 percent of the approximate $87
administration praised Garrison for her diligence in opening
this window of opportunity to the Switzerland of
schools. The representative worked for two years to get special
legislation to allow the reduction.
is scheduled to begin this fall on the new buildings, including
a Beallsville K-12 building, a combined Hannibal/Sardis
Elementary, Skyvue Elementary, Powhatan Elementary,
Monroe Central High School
and a completely renovated
referred to as a stakeholders’ meeting, was held May 20 at Brown Community Center.
Included in the meeting were the architectural firm,
construction managers, representatives of the Ohio School
Facilities Commission, Ohio Mid-Eastern Regional Education
Service Agency (OMERESA) and school district officials,
including: Larry Elliott, superintendent; George Richardson,
administrative assistant; Marc Ring, transportation and support
services director; Janet Hissrich, district treasurer; Tina
Hogue, cafeteria manager and Scott Dierkes, president of the
board of education.
architectural firm working on the project is Balog Stines
Hendricks & Manches-ter, Inc. of
Youngstown. PCS of the
area is the construction manager.
district, the largest in the state, encompasses 536 square miles
and has a three-county footprint including Monroe, Belmont and
Noble counties. School buses travel 4,000 miles a day.
Training program for entrepreneurs
passion, drive and an abundance of good ideas, half of all new
businesses fail within the first few years. Often that’s
because, despite their zeal, entrepreneurs lack the experience
and tools required for starting and running a business.
entrepreneurs now have a secret weapon that increases their
chances for success: Fast-Trac®, a comprehensive family of
workshops and programs that help entrepreneurs hone the skills
they need to create, manage and grow successful businesses.
Team Monroe, Monroe County Chamber of Commerce and Monroe County
CIC, the FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ program, a hands-on
entrepreneurial program, is being offered June 25 - Aug. 13 at
Classes are each Thursday from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. There is a fee
assists entrepreneurs in evaluating their current business
framework and determining the changes needed to improve
performance and grow their business.
A free preview night will take place June 4 from 6 - 7
p.m. in the Black Walnut Center. Attendees will have an
opportunity to ask questions and find out if the program is
right for them. Registration for preview night is not required.
connects entrepreneurs to the best resources available to help
them pursue and realize their dreams. The program provides small
business owners with business insights, strategic visioning
guidance, professional networking connections and other
resources. This prepares them to create a new business or expand
an existing one.
successful business is challenging, and Fast-Trac® provides the
support entrepreneurs need to succeed,” said Paul Kinghorn,
director of the EDA-Univer-sity Centers Program at
University’s Voinovich School.
“In our work to help entrepreneurs, this program provides the
tools and support needed to help business owners improve their
changes for success.”
FastTrac® session includes facilitated discussions and
activities, networking, small peer groups, a guest speaker and
coaching sessions. Participants work on their own business
ventures throughout the program. FastTrac® offers programs for
existing and aspiring entrepreneurs, as well as entrepreneurship
curriculum for college students.
165,000 entrepreneurs have participated in FastTrac®. FastTrac®
is a program of the Kansas City-based Ewing Marion Kauffman
Foundation, the largest organization in the nation solely
focused on entrepreneurial success at all levels.
FastTrac® program is offered through the Appalachian Regional
Entrepreneurship Group located at the
School of Leadership and Public Affairs, which supports
entrepreneurs and small businesses by offering counseling,
training and support services.
GrowthVent-ure™ program is hosted by Team Monroe, Monroe Coun-ty Chamber of Commerce and Monroe
for the Fast-Trac® GrowthVenture™ program or for more
information, entrepreneurs may call 740-213-0455 or email
New Drop-Off Sites
Southeastern Ohio Joint Solid Waste Management District, which
serves Monroe County,
has been awarded $50,000 in CDBG funds from the Ohio Department
of Natural Resources.
was announced recently by State Rep. Jennifer Garrison. She said
the money will be used for new local recycling efforts.
will go far to help reduce the amount of trash we produce that
goes into landfills,” said Garrison. “Recycling is easy and
recycling drop-off centers make the process totally
Sounteastern Ohio Joint Solid Waste Management District
currently serves over 230,000 people in six counties and
disposes of over 165,000 tons of waste per year.
centers will be set up in Guernsey, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum ,
Noble and Washington
counties. The funds will go towards expanding current
residential and commercial recycling initiatives and create
recycling opportunities in previously underserved communities.
AllSecure Systems, Ltd. Welcomed to Chamber ~
Systems Ltd. was welcomed to the business community of Monroe County
recently. Formerly doing business as Transtar of Ohio, Marvin
Hodges has joined forces with Joe Hinte of Columbus, president
of AllSecure Systems. The business includes a DirecTV dealership
and Monitronics, which provides residential and commercial
security systems. AllSecure also sells, installs and services
all major manufacturers of security CCTV equipment, including
Silent Witness, Pelco, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, Bosch, Panasonic
and Dedicated Micros. For more information on these services,
call 740-567-4166 or 866-457-3377. Shown are: Steve Dickinson,
Quiano Lacey, Allen Spiker, Pat and Marvin Hodges, of the local
AllSecure Systems office; Joe Hinte, president of AllSecure
Systems; and Ruth Workman, of the Monroe County Chamber of
by Martha Ackerman
BETTY IRENE ENGLISH
Betty Irene English, 84, Graysville, died May 14,
2009, at the Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
She was born Dec. 11, 1924, a daughter of the late Hollie
Edmund Gray and Ella Rebecca Handschumacher
Gray. Condolences can be expressed at www.bauerturner.com
SALLY L. HUFFMAN
Sally L. Huffman, 60,
Narrows Run Rd., Sardis, died May 22, 2009 at Ruby
Memorial Hospital Morgantown. She was born Nov. 4, 1948
in New Martinsville.
Sympathy expressions at
LILLIAN F. SMITH
Lillian F. Smith, 92, 205 Wood Terrace Rd.,
Woodsfield, died May 26, 2009 at Monroe County Care
Arrangements are pending at Watters Funeral Home,
DELBERT W. BUTLER
Delbert W. Butler, Sr., 78, 1015 Belford St.,
Caldwell, formerly of New Concord, died May 21,
2009, at Marietta Memorial Hospital. He was born
Dec. 1, 1930 at Fredericksdale, a son of the late
Herlan and Daisy Carter Butler. Online condolences
may be expressed at www.wattersfuneralhome.com
83, Graysville, died May 20, 2009, at Riverside
Methodist Hospital, Columbus. She was born Oct.
16, 1925 in Monroe County, a daughter of the
late William Perry Cline and Anna Grace
Condolences can be
expressed at www.bauerturner.com
JAMES (JD) ROBERTSON
James (JD) Robertson, 57, Lewisville,
died May 18, 2009 at his home. He was born
July 7, 1951 in Barnesville, a son of the
late L.D. Robertson and Lillian Mahoney
Robertson. Condolences can be expressed at
DELBERT W. BUTLER
Delbert W. Butler, Sr., 78, 1015
Belford St., Caldwell, formerly of New
Concord, died May 21, 2009, at Marietta
Memorial Hospital. He was born Dec. 1,
1930 at Fredericksdale, a son of the
late Herlan and Daisy Carter
Butler. Online condolences may be
expressed at www.wattersfuneralhome.com
Paul William Byers, Sr.
Paul William Byers, Sr., 77,
Woodsfield, formerly of Trail Run,
passed away at 3:20 a.m. at Marietta
Memorial Hospital on May 16, 2009,
after a battle with extensive
cancer. His family was by his side
for the last two days before his
passing, celebrating his life and
comforting him in his last hours.
Around the Burnside
If all your
dreams don’t come true, don’t fret; all your nightmares don’t
Don’t be a
carbon copy of somebody else; make your own impressions.
hear things that I wonder if it’s a fact or if it’s something
I’ve read on the internet. Somehow I heard or read some of our
thinkers or thinker is suggesting we tax each cow because of the
methane gas they give off. I didn’t realize they gave off
I’ve spent a
lot of time around cows when I was growing up. During my fair
days I slept many nights with a barn full of cattle. I even
spent all night with another Ag teacher in a barn making sure
the kids and cattle behaved. I guess I don’t know what methane
smells like. I just hope they don’t make us take a shot of Beano
before we eat soupbeans.
Oh, by the
way, before I forget it and you didn’t figure it out, the brown
cows were the better milkers. This maybe does not hold true in
real life. They told us at Ohio
State, “If you had a bucket of milk
and dropped a quarter in it and you could tell if it was heads
or tails it was from a holstein, normally black. If you didn’t
have enough milk to cover the quarter, it was jersey.” OK, don’t
get all worked up; we milked jerseys at home.
heard that a number of our youth have allergies of some type.
This is proven by the fact at times at FFA camp, campers load up
one of the plastic milk carriers with medicine. The nurse hands
I also read
where those who worked with cattle and on the farm did not
develop allergies as those who were not lucky enough to work on
that’s true because the only thing I’m allergic to is work.
Well, maybe x-ray dye. Because I had a problem with cumidin I
had my doctor thinking I was allergic to it until I couldn’t get
out of taking the rat poison.
One of the
tough things that happen at the Beacon office is typing Around
the Burnside. I took several years of penmanship in grade
school. I know how to have good penmanship but I fail to use it
most of the time.
Then I do
not claim to be the world’s best speller. I guess maybe they use
one of those computers that will not allow you to spell a word
as it sounds.
another thing. I studied English in high school, took dummy
English plus three quarters at OSU. A lot of it bounced off but
I do remember some of it, even if I have lived in Southeastern
most of my life. I do remember that many words in the English
language have more than one meaning. Several times I use a word
for special effects and eagle eyes change it to a more proper
All of this
just because of the poor crow I wrote about last week. They
didn’t realize I was writing about a
Southeastern Ohio crow. Southeastern
crows don’t burst they bust. He would have never eaten the last
prune if he had thought he would burst. My story would not have
had any moral to it. Then everyone would fly off the handle when
they were full of prunes.
can’t help it. When I tell this story, and I have many times, my
crow thinks he will bust, he eats the prune and he busted. Those
of us in Southeastern Ohio know
about prunes reminds me of something I use to pull at FFA camp.
I do like to eat a prune every once in a while. I think it was
when Carter was president the camp received a good supply of
surplus prunes. Well, there’s not much you can do with prunes at
FFA camp so they put a container with prunes in the dining hall
and told the campers to help themselves whenever they wanted.
Needless to say the prunes did not disappear at a very fast
In order to
speed things up, I kept telling campers they should eat prunes
because they were good for them and would keep them from getting
too tired with all the activities. I would pop a prune every
once in a while just to prove a point. It did work on a few
campers while we had surplus prunes but for some reason or
another they didn’t come back for any more prunes. This was also
before they remodeled the restrooms. I really miss FFA camp.
This is new
to me; I have written most of this while waiting in a doctor’s
office with probably 19 or 20 other folks waiting. At least it’s
Now that the
danger of frost is over the lady of the house planted her
flowers and assorted work around the house. I’m planning a kind
of a scientific experiment this year. I do not plan to tell
anyone until I see if it works or not. We did cut down on our
tomato crop this year as we only set out four plants. This
should keep us well supplied with tomato sandwiches this summer.
There is still nothing like picking a real ripe tomato off the
vine, using a little salt, and chomping it down, juice and all.
Better for you than an ice cream cone.
grass growing as fast as our grass? I think I’ve mowed our lawn
at least five times now and I think it will be ready to mow
again in a day of two. Oh well, gives me something to do.
you aren’t wearing a smile you’re only half dressed.
See you in
church Sunday? Someone should.
looked up bust in my dictionary. Bust - slang 1. To burst or
break. So my crow’s OK.