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May 20, 2010

~ Columbia Hotel Comes Down ~

The Columbia Hotel, a Woodsfield landmark, is now a pile of rubble. Above is an aerial view taken by Brian Jackson on Saturday. To the left of the hotel is Citizens National Bank, to the right, Bellwood Drugs. The Beacon will  feature historical information on the hotel in an upcoming edition. 

The photo below was taken Friday afternoon.

Potts Custom Works was welcomed to the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce recently. Duane Potts brings his expertise in welding and machine shop knowledge to his business. Shown, from left, are: David Stewart, owner Duane Potts, Ruth Workman and Don Thompson, representing the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce.               
Photo by Martha Ackerman

Potts Custom Works Opens 

Seeing a void in the area and with experience and knowledge in welding and machine shop experience, Duane Potts opened Potts Custom Works at the former Masters Garage, located at 201 Oaklawn Avenue , Woodsfield.

ďItís a one stop does it all shop,Ē said Potts, who had worked for 21 years at Conalco and Ormet in production as a welder and a maintenance foreman. The business is open to do mechanical repairs for all trucks, cars, motorcycles, ATVs, farm equipment and more. 

ďWe donít do oil changes,Ē said Potts. ďWe do welding and other services that are not available here.Ē

David Stewart brings 15 years of experience to Potts Custom Works. He and Potts worked together previously at West Bank Harbor Service.

Potts Custom Works can do air brake and heavy truck repairs and drivetrain repairs on all vehicles. The body shop offers complete vehicle restorations, custom building and painting of vehicles and motorcycles, truck bed coatings, welding and fabricating, repairs or new fabrication with steel, aluminum and stainless steel within the machine shop services. They also do electrical repairs for all vehicles and annual federal truck inspections..

ďWeíll work on anything that fits in the door, the garage door, that is,Ē said Potts, who was born and raised in Woodsfield. He and his wife Pam have three children and two grandchildren with another due in July.

Potts Custom Works accepts all major credit cards. The business, which is located beside the license bureau, is open Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday by appointment. The phone number is 740-472-5876 (shop) or 740-310-7225 (cell). Business parking is available to the right of the building.

Our Readers Write

Dear Editor,

The time is closing in now, I canít believe that I left last April, over a year has gone by so swiftly (now looking back on it). I canít wait to get back to my life. There will be many abrupt changes, but I hope that I can take them in stride. There has been much preparation for this time that is nearing me, closer by the day. I will have some hurdles to climb upon returning home and life decisions that I will have to make. Before all that though, I just want to take some time to relax, spend time with my family, to enjoy being home, to reintegrate myself back into society, and to simply reflect.

Wow, where to begin. I have been thinking about this time for a while now and i just donít know how to take it. Iíve changed, everybody else has changed and grown accus- tomed to not having me around them. I know it will be a long process and will probably never feel ďnormalĒ, but I just want it to go as smoothly as possible and hope no rash changes have occurred while I was away. I wasnít surprised when I came home over my two weeks leave that the backdrop of the area hasnít changed much, as far as businesses, economy, construction (growth), or much of anything. Iím not even saying that is a bad thing, itís just the time, and itís just home.

Sew (yes, I spell it like that to irritate my mother who has critiqued my spelling since I was a little boy). I say this coming from inexperience. I donít know what is going to ensue in the next couple of weeks. I donít know all that I will have to do in the near future. I donít know what will be told of/to me on a day to day basis. What I do know is, I canít wait to come home, for multiple reasons and here are a few. Hug my mother, go camping with my nephews, attend a wedding (not my own), meet my beloved when she arrives in Columbus by plane, hang out with my family and friends (and drink some suds), enjoy laws, laugh at people getting distressed, buy a car, go on a cruise, (and here are some of the overlooked) drive, walk barefoot outside, wear colors other than green, tan, black and grey, flipflops, not have to walk outside when nature calls, cook, be able to drink water that isnít bottled, sports, Nascar, radio, (the obvious) no mortars, no gun fights, no fear‚Ķand last, but surely not least, walk around naked in the privacy of my own home, and also sometimes in public around people I know and love (and some that I donít). Yes, freedom, I canít wait for a taste of it again. God bless Monroe County (and distant neighbors).

I hope to see all of you very soon, (maybe one more entry before Iím home)

Timothy Danial Price
irkuk, Iraq






A partnership between the Monroe County Sheriffís Office and the Monroe County Farm Bureau promotes the Ohio Farm Bureauís $2,500 Reward Program. The program offers a reward to those who aid in the apprehension and conviction of individuals who commit serious crimes against Farm Bureau members. Shown, from left, are: Sheriff Charles Black and Stan Roby, president of the Monroe County Farm Bureau.                                                    
Photo by Martha Ackerman  

Sheriffís Office Supports Program

The Monroe County Sheriffís Office and the Monroe County Farm Bureau have partnered to promote the Ohio Farm Bureauís $2,500 Reward Program.

The Reward Program was created over 40 years ago to aid in the apprehension and conviction of individuals who have committed serious crimes against Farm Bureau members.

ďFarm Bureau is thrilled to have the support of Sheriff Chuck Blackís office,Ē said Stan Roby, Monroe County Farm Bureau. ďWe have appreciated all the support from the Monroe County Sheriff Department over all the years.Ē

The $2,500 reward is paid to both Farm Bureau members and nonmembers who provide law enforcement officials with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those who commit arson, malicious injury to property, burglary or other felonies on a Farm Bureau memberís property.

The Ohio Farm Bureau Reward Program recently re-ceived the support of the Buckeye State Sheriffsí Association, a statewide group consisting of Ohioís 88 county sheriffs.  

The property protection program is funded through Ohio Farm Bureau, county Farm Bureaus and Nationwide Insurance. It is for all types of Ohio Farm Bureau members, from farmers to businesses to urban residents.

For more information about the $2,500 Reward Program, contact the Monroe County Farm Bureau at 740-425-3681 and/or email: monroe@ofbf.org 

~ Riesbeckís Donates to Fireworks ~

Woodsfield Volunteer Fire Department will once again sponsor the annual July 4 fireworks. Donating to the fireworks project is Kirt Sloan, Woodsfield Riesbeckís Food Market manager. Accepting the donation is Tim Buckalew, Woodsfield fireman.

~ WES Safety Day ~

To promote safety awareness, Woodsfield Elementary School hosted Safety Day May 12. Auston Hogue, Amya Clark and Wade Stoehr listen as Todd Potts, Woodsfield Emergency Squad EMT, explains the work of the volunteers who come to the aid of those who need immediate medical attention. See more photos of students and the participants in Safety Day on Page 11

Around the Burnside  

Too many people are ready to carry the stool when the piano needs to be moved.

Thereís no point in burying the hatchet if you are going to put up a marker on the site.

This week I was wondering Along the Winding Roads and I read something that triggered a fun experience I had as a teacher.

It was the news regarding the daughter of Stephanie and Curt Valkovic. Curt was a former student and one of those students you enjoy having in class and being around. Actually he was one of many over the years. Curt had a lot of energy, willing to do what you asked, a good worker and appeared to remember what you were teaching plus competitive.

He attended camp with us and I think he was interested and spent a lot of time at the ranges, rifle, shotgun and archery. Iím not sure; he may have won the contest at one of the ranges. We had our share of winners over the years.

Curt got to the place he was hitting the archery target with an arrow where you are supposed to. Iím not sure how; maybe it was his bragging how good he was or something. Anyway we got into a contest to find out who could get the highest score.

I was at a little disadvantage as at the time I had a cataract in my right eye, so my left eye became my dominant eye. Any of you who have shot a bow right handed, aiming with your left eye, know what I mean.

To make a long story shorter, I ended up with a higher score than Curt. We never tried it again but Iím sure I mentioned it several times.

I made it a point not to get in contests with students because Iíd probably lose. I do remember at Skyvue I had a student who was what you might call a champion arm wrestler. I once waited until he had taken on a good number of students, then I took him on and won. I donít think he ever realized what I did. Donít take this wrong. These activities did not take place during class time. I really miss times with the students.

I guess the prom season is over for this year. We are fortunate as I didnít read or hear of any accidents this year.

Proms, like everything else, have really changed over the years. Iíve seen pictures in one of our papers of students attending and going to their proms. Some go all out, which probably leaves them with a pleasant memory.

You wonít  believe this but I was once in charge of a Jr. - Sr. Prom. I was the Junior Class Advisor so it was one of my jobs for which I got no extra money. They told us at OSU we would have several of this type of job.

No big deal. I allowed the students to do the planning and do the work. When it was time to fix up the gym, we had it in the school back then, a couple or more parents came in to help. Like some parents, their help included some changes the students had planned.

I could see this wasnít working so I told them the kids had done all the planning and if they wanted to take over the Jr. - Sr. Prom go to it and I left.

Soon one of the students came and got me and things went smoother. The parents started helping the students do as they planned. Funny thing, thatís the only thing I remember about the prom that year.

Many graduates are holding their Alumni Banquets now. Bethel had theirs Saturday and Lewisville is scheduled for the 15th. Woodsfield is one that goes all out and makes their Alumni Celebra-tion a weekend event and we all celebrate.

Our alumni is also on the 15th and usually I expect a good buddy from grade school will be the only one from our class to attend. He still has a BB in his cheek that was put there by a red headed friend and a BB gun, when we were in grade school. Wow, itís hard to believe itís been 67 years since I graduated from Old Washington High School. Facebook does not go back or does not know Old Washington High School ever existed. They have me graduated from Buckeye Trail that didnít exist in 1943.

Have you ever wondered how a few people and one judge can say holding a National Day of Prayer is against our Constitution. What are they going to do if you get caught praying? Throw you in jail? Oh well, thereís a lot of things I donít understand. I do know a couple of places where a prayer is offered and the powers that be tell you itís not allowed.

I have no trouble meeting expenses; every time I turn around I find them.

Surprise someone, go to church Sunday.






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Leather A. Gainey, 25, 611 East Cross St., Summerfield, died May 11, 2010 near Lewisville, following injuries received in an automobile accident. He was born Dec. 6, 1984 at Dallas, Texas, a son of David Gainey of Waverly and Renee Marling Farnesworth of Summerfield. 

He was a customer service representative for Sudden Link Communications in Parkersburg, W.Va., and enjoyed fishing in his spare time.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his fiancee, Jennifer Cross of the home; two sisters, Heather Wright and her fiance, Eric Smith of Barnesville, Bryanna Farnesworth of Barnesville; a brother, Derick Valine of Barnesville; step-father, Brian Farnesworth of Summerfield; grandfather, Bernard Jones of Woodsfield; great-grandmother, Ruth Tucker of Woodsfield; grandparents, Hubert and Marie Farnesworth of Cambridge; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Normajean Jones and grandfather, Bill Marling.

Friends were received May 14 at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where joint funeral services were held May 15, with Bill Moran and Jeremy Kinney officiating. Burial followed in Oaklawn Cemetery, Woodsfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Watters Funeral Home, 37501 SR 78 West, Woodsfield, OH 43793 to help defray the funeral expenses.

Online condolences may be expressed at


Kenadi Elle Gainey, 2, 611 East Cross St., Summerfield, died May 11, 2010 near Lewisville, following injuries received in an automobile accident. She was born Aug. 20, 2007 at Martins Ferry, a daughter of Jennifer Cross of Summerfield and the late Leather A. Gainey.

Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her maternal grandparents, Jim and Kandy Cross of Belmont; paternal grandparents, Brian and Renee Farnesworth of Summerfield and David Gainey of Waverly; great-grandfather, Bernard Jones of Woodsfield; great-grandparents, Samuel and Sandra English of Freeport; great-grandmother, Patricia Cross of Freeport; great-grandparents, Hubert and Marie Farnesworth of Cambridge; great-great-grandmother, Ruth Tucker of Woodsfield; three uncles, Jimmy Cross and fiancee, Amber De Viencio of Flushing, Kaden Cross of Belmont, Derick Valine of Barnesville; two aunts, Heather Wright and fiance, Eric Smith of Barnesville, Bryanna Farnesworth of Barnesville; godmother, Erin Taylor of Malaga; godfather, Nate Stone of Florida; and many other aunts, uncles and cousins.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Francis Cross, Normajean Jones and Bill Marling.

Friends were received May 14 at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where joint funeral services were held May 15, with Bill Moran and Jeremy Kinney officiating. Burial followed in Oaklawn Cemetery, Woodsfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Watters Funeral Home, 37501 SR 78 West, Woodsfield, OH 43793 to help defray the funeral expenses.

Online condolences may be expressed at


Ernest Eugene ďGeneĒ Raper, 94, Marietta St., Sardis, died May 13, 2010 at Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born Oct. 28, 1915 in Fly, a son of the late Ernest L. and Liddie B. Martin Raper.

He was a retired shift foreman at PPG Industries; a founding member and retired fire chief for the Sardis VFD; a member of the PPG Retirees Club; and Sardis United Methodist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Raymond (Sandra) Raper of Sardis, Donald (Pat) Raper of Woodsfield; a daughter, Bernice Jones of Sardis; two brothers, Bernard (Ruth) Raper of Kentucky, Emmett (Betty) Raper of Sardis; 10 grandchildren, Jesienda Burns, Kevin Burns, Marcia Dorton, Perry Raper, Melissa Hyer, Deirdre Morgan, Mitchell Raper, Jason Raper, Kent Jones and Stacey Potts; 17 great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Helen Hartman Raper; his second wife, Francis Raper; two daughters, Joyce Raper, Wanda Jean Burns; a brother, Fred Raper; three sisters, Mabel Dawson, Betty Raper, Carrie Raper; and a granddaughter, Michelle Raper.

Friends were received May 16 at Grisell Funeral Home, Sardis, where funeral services were held May 17, with Rev. Richard Wilson and Pastor Lou Verdi officiating. Burial followed in Sardis Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sardis United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 85, Sardis, OH 43946.

Sympathy expressions at: grisellfuneralhomes.com

Daisy L. Tubaugh, 78, Kent, passed away May 16, 2010 at Robinson Memorial Hospital, Ravenna. She was born Oct. 3, 1931 in Smithville, a daughter to the late Wesley and Clara Bachman Hartline.

She lived in Kent the past two years and was formerly of Deerfield and Ravenna. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Ravenna.

Surviving are her husband of 55 years, Carl Tubaugh; three daughters, Debbie (Dave) Horning of Kent, Donna (Ervin) Konkle of Ravenna; Cheryl (Jack) Hogue of Deerfield; and five grandchildren, Ericka, Chad, Danielle, Matthew and Derek.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandson, Timothy Horning; brother, Harry Bachman; and four sisters, Hazel Prystasz, Mildred Tubaugh, Pauline Boswell and Opal Repco.

Friends were received May 18 at Shorts-Spicer-Crislip Funeral Homes, Ravenna Chapel, where funeral services will be held May 19, at 2 p.m., with Terry Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Grandview Memorial Park, Ravenna.

Condolences may be ex-pressed at