~ Sheriff, Village Police and BCI Conduct Meth Lab Bust ~
In a coordinated effort the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office,
Woodsfield Police and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation
conducted a meth lab bust on Guilford Avenue
Nov. 19. According to a source, three people were arrested at
the Guilford Avenue
residence. According to information received, there was a
coordinated raid with Belmont County Sheriff’s Office on a
Beallsville residence following this one. With the early press
time, no further information was available. More next week.
Photo by Martha Ackerman
James L. Peters, right, was appointed Monroe County Prosecuting
Attorney by the Democratic Central Committee on Nov. 10. Peters
will fill th unexpired term of Lynn Kent Riethmiller, who
retired on Oct. 29. That term expires Jan. 5, 2013. Peters had
been employed by the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office since
Aug. 27 as an assistant prosecuting attorney. The new prosecutor
was administered the oath of office on Nov. 11 by his father,
James W. Peters, Judge of Monroe County Court.
Around the Burnside
The more you count your blessings you have, the less you crave
the luxuries you haven’t.
Smile when you pick up the phone, the caller on the other end
will hear it in your voice.
OK, I did it again. I know
is located along I-70, not 40 or 77. Just don’t ask me for
directions. However, I did give directions to a lady coming to
Woodsfield for a meeting and she told me, “Your directions were
Whatever happened to Thanksgiving? It seems that we jump from
spooks to Christmas. The next thing you know we will have spooks
riding around on a sled in the show.
Why is it Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving? Someone
eat too much turkey? Why do we have to eat turkey on
Thanksgiving? I prefer ham.
I always looked forward to Thanksgiving. Our family always got
together at this time. Dad always planned to butcher a couple of
hogs as he had help at this time. We went rabbit hunting and had
a good visit. We also had a feast like liver and onions,
tenderloin and maybe some fresh side. I haven’t had any fresh
side for years and I really did like it. I wouldn’t call it
Black Friday when you get a couple days off school and a deer
day on the following Monday. Some do not even get a deer day off
any more. I remember we were told to pile on some extra work if
a student took off more than the one day to hunt deer. Made more
work for the teacher. I had enough work.
A tink more for those born 1945. For just one nickel you could
buy an ice cream cone, ride a street car, make a phone call, buy
a bottle of pop, stamps enough to mail a letter and two
postcards. You could also buy a new Chevy Coupe for $600, but
couldn't afford it. A shame because gasoline was 11 cents a
How about the gasoline prices? Wow! Five dollars worth of
gasoline would take you quite a distance and at one time seemed
like a lot of gasoline. Today, even if you owned one of those
little buggies that gets 60 miles to the gallon, you would have
a tough time getting to
without running out of gas if you only had five bucks for
gasoline. I can’t even fill up my riding mower tank for five
I think maybe I have mowed our lawn for the last time this year.
I debated for some time if I should mow or just wait until a
wind came along and would blow the leaves on to a neighbor’s
yard. We share leaves in Lewisville. With the recent excellent weather.
I thought maybe I should whack up the leaves with our mower. I
did and it looked OK. This morning I looked out and unless we
get a good wind I’ll need to mow just a bit more once again. I
would do most anything to keep from raking leaves and building
How many of you can remember going or taking part in a 10 cent
supper? I looked forward to then when the church held one. The
ladies would fix several different foods and it cost you a dime
for a serving. If you happened to have 50 cents to spend you
could really eat high on the hog. Even if you had a quarter you
could get a good meal. Some things cost only a nickel. Can you
even think of getting a chunk of apple pie for a dime?
Then there was the cake walk. You paid a little something to
walk around in a circle and when the music stopped, the person
or couple at the winner’s spot got a cake.
I guess there was an activity where a lady would fix a lunch and
the fellows would bid on the boxes and get to eat with the lady.
I never got in on one of these deals. I guess they were called a
Box Social. I guess there’s not much of this kind of activity
going on nowadays.
All you need to do is watch some of the new TV programs. I
guess maybe you’re getting old when you feel this way. What’s
more exciting than watching a man and woman who are considerably
overweight laying in bed talking? I’d rather watch an NCIS
rerun. Times change.
I hope you have an enjoyable Thanksgiving with your family,
friends and take it kind of easy. I know I missed a couple of
Thanksgivings, one of which we had Spam to eat. Somehow the
cooks messed up and the turkey spoiled.
When I was in the service, at home they somehow got a young
turkey. They told me my sister made a pet out of it. She was
even able to lead it around on a rope. How could you do this and
still have turkey for Thanksgiving dinner? They did.
Take some time and enjoy yourself over Thanksgiving. Even during
the toughest time we all have something to be thankful for.
Build up good memories in the minds of the young in your midst.
Don’t forget to attend church.
Scott is shown at the new Team Monroe office located on Oaklawn Avenue, Woodsfield. Scott and Team
Monroe members are currently working on several projects.
Photo by Martha Ackerman
Tom Scott, local economic development specialist for Team
Monroe, is the recipient of the 2010 Excellence in Volunteerism
Award presented by the Ohio Economic Development Association.
“I am humbled by this honor,” said Scott.
Economic Development Office has moved to Oaklawn Avenue, now located in the former
Nick Fuscardo barber shop.
The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio and Team Monroe will be
hosting a presentation of Profit Mastery: Get Control of Your
Business on Dec. 2 and 9 at Westwood Landing, 37950 Airport Rd., Woodsfield.
The two-part program, which will be a hands on seminar dealing
with action steps for improviing profitability and efficiency to
keep a business strong and competitive, will be held from 8 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m. both days.
Some of the topics covered in the seminar are: How can I get
more useful information out of my financial statements? How can
I use them to manae more effectively? How can I avoid cash
crunches in my business? How can I manage growth or recession?
How much can I afford to grow in good times? How can I survive
the bad times? If I need financing, exactly what does my banker
expect of me? How can I make sure the bank understands my
For more information on this seminar, contact Leslie Dunn at
~ Erica Donates ~
There are not many children out there who really take time to
help the needy of Monroe
County. Erica Logston is that one
among many. For a number of years she has raised money
throughout the year. This year the young lady donated $240 to
Warm the Children. She is shown presenting the money to Pandora
Neuhart, WTC coordinator. Pandora gave Erica the following
framed poem which, she noted, is what Erica does ...
THE STARFISH POEM
Once upon a time there was a wise man who used to go to
the ocean to do his writing.
He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.
One day he was walking along the shore. As he looked down the
beach, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer.
He smiled to himself to think of someone who would dance to the
day. So he began to walk faster to catch up. As he got closer,
he saw that it was a young man and the young man wasn't dancing,
but instead he was reaching down to the shore, picking up
something and very gently throwing it into the ocean.
As he got closer he called out, "Good morning! What are you
doing?" The young man paused, looked up and replied, "Throwing
starfish in the ocean."
"I guess I should have asked, why are you throwing starfish in
"The sun is up and the tide is going out. And if I don't throw
them in they'll die."
"But, young man, don't you realize that there are miles and
miles of beach and starfish all along it. You can't possibly
make a difference!"
The young man listened politely. Then bent down, picked up
another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking
waves and said- "It made a difference for that one."
And that’s exactly what Erica does!
One of the fundamental values, as a society, we have too teach
each new generation is that there are consequences for your
actions. These are based on established rules, regulations and
our laws. It is our duty to do this and necessary to the
continuation of our way of life.
With that said, let’s look at an example. Take two boys, both
the same age and background. Both fundamentally good boys, who
through various pressures made a first mistake, both become
unruly. One is found with drug paraphernalia, charged with
delinquency. That child admits the wrong, receives supervised
probation, fine, random drug testing, mandatory AA meetings, and
community service. This seems perfect to me. The other is found
with marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and is also delinquent. This
child is allowed to continue without any punishment what so
ever, with the exception that “this will be held over you till
you’re 18.” No probation, fine, drug testing, nothing.
What kind of message does this send to our youth?
The only difference between the two you ask? One’s white, the
On Nov. 1, there was a groundbreaking for the new
Elementary School and the new Monroe
High School. The K-8 went
and all the high school went to the groundbreaking. They
presented the superintendent with an American flag.
There were about all the teachers there. There were 15 shovels
for important people. We have to thank all the people that voted
for us to get these new schools and the people that are building
our new schools. People say our new schools will be done in
December 2011 or Dec. 2012. Everybody was glad we are getting
Coach Jay Circosta was very happy that we are getting new
schools. All the teachers and students are also happy that we
are getting new schools. We all think we have needed new schools
for a couple years.
We get to keep our football field and baseball field but we are
getting a new practice field for football. The girls are getting
a new softball field.
The new schools are going to be pretty close to each other. But
again we really appreciate everybody that voted for us to get a
new elementary school and a high school.
W.E.S. Jarett Hooper
I went to the groundbreaking ceremony on Nov. 1. It looked like
almost everyone wanted a new
Elementary School. I am
positive that Jay Circosta really wanted a new school. He teared
up with happiness, now we are getting a new school.
We sang the National Anthem. We also said the Pledge of
Allegiance. We also had juice and cookies.
There were a couple of war veterans at the ceremony. There were
15 golden shovels and two shovels were not used. I really wanted
a new school for a long time. The Monroe Central cheerleaders
did a cheer for all of the grades.
Sincerely, Anthony Howell
Nov. 1 is the day we went to the groundbreaking for our new
school. It was a very great day for not only me, but for my
whole school, the high school and the Jr. high kids from Skyvue.
We had speakers and the MCHS marching band was there to play
songs for us. First, we said the pledge. Second, our principal,
Mrs. Anderson, led us in a prayer. Next, Coach Circosta gave a
speech about a team that never made it to the playoffs, then
they finally made it and all of a sudden a semi pulled up and
said “It’s not a dream anymore.” Then the coach got tears in his
eyes. Finally, we went back to school. I will never forget that
W.E.S. sixth grade student, Sydney Schuerman
On Nov. 1 we went to the groundbreaking. All of the grades were
there including some kids from Skyvue.
We all listened to speeches. The one that touched me the most
was Mr. Circosta’s speech, he talked about a small school that
had a team that made it to the playoffs and they had a semi with
a sign on the side that said “It is not a dream anymore.”
The Monroe Central band was there. They played a couple of songs
including the National Anthem. A war veteran gave Mr. Elliott
the flag. Mrs. Anderson said a prayer to everyone there. To
commerate the start 13 people dug a shovel of dirt each. It
symbolized the start of the buildings.
W.E.S. sixth grade student,
I feel great about the new school. We need new schools. I can’t
wait until we get the school. We have needed the new school for
the last 50 years. I hopw we get new schools soon.
Getting Woodsfield’s Little Oglebay Ready ~
Plans are underway for the Dec. 4 Woodsfield Christmas Festival.
In connection with the festival, it’s been customary for the
last few years to decorate the Woodsfield City Park.
Norm Workman and Fred Ackerman have been working to get all the
displays set up in the City Park, Woodsfield’s little Oglebay.
Supervising the project is Woodsfield Municipal Power
superintendent Floyd Longwell. Shown, from left, are Longwell,
Workman and Ackerman, kneeling. See Page 10 for related article.
Photo by Martha Ackerman
CHARLES A. MEYER, SR.
Charles A. Meyer, Sr., 88,
Boltz Hill Rd., Clarington, passed
peacefully Nov. 15, 2010 at his home. He was born Dec. 27, 1921
in Clarington, the son of the late John and Alice Roth Meyer.
He was a graduate of Salem High School; a retired machinist at
Consol; a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ and
American Legion Post #228, both in Powhatan Point; Moose Lodge
#931 in New Martinsville and a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of
WWII. He was passionate about farming, hunting and fishing.
Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Julia Brkich Meyer; two
sons, Charles (Connie) Meyer, Jr., Robert (Deanna) Meyer, both
of Clarington; a daughter, Diana (Richard Yoho) Ensinger of
Powhatan; a sister, Helen (Ken) Strohmeyer of Chicago, Ill.;
seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five
brothers, Kenneth, Clyde, John Jr., Ray, and an infant brother; and two
sisters, Marie Mlynek and Frances Stegena.
Friends were received Nov. 17 and Nov. 18 with military services
at Grisell Funeral Home, Clarington, where funeral services were
held Nov. 19, with Rev. Carla Wobschall officiating. Burial was
Cemetery, Powhatan Point,
where American Legion Post 228 conducted military graveside
Memorial contributions may be made to
St. John’s United Church of Christ, 51736 German Ridge Rd., Powhatan
Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com.
JAMES E. MORRIS
James E. Morris, 76,
Newport, died Nov. 14, 2010 at his
residence. He was born May 1, 1934 in Bloomfield,
County, a son of the late Floyd N. and Ada Sine Morris.
He was Catholic, was a well known building contractor and served
in the U.S. Army. He was an avid hunter, baseball fan and
enjoyed working with wood and being with his family.
Surviving are his wife, Shirley Lollathin Morris; children,
Sandy (Rick) Taylor of New Matamoras, Judy (Sam) Rutherford and
Teri (Chuck) Wise of Newport; grandchildren, Shawn Taylor,
Tabitha (Chris) Bosinger, Tori Taylor, Nicole (Eric) Pritchett,
Mollie Wise, Jessica Stout, Keri Stan, Samuel Rutherford and
Dakota Rutherford; great-grandchildren, Olivia Stout and Emmalee
Pritchett; brothers and sisters, Louis Morris of New Matamoras,
Charles Morris of Marietta, Paul Morris of Lowell, Ruth Kehl of
Reno, Mildred Steinhoff of Belmont, W.Va., Vivian Farnsworth of
Beverly, Janice Arnold of Reno, Dorothy Ogaz of New Matamoras,
Barbara Berry of Marietta, Mary Ann Thornton of Beverly, W.Va.,
and Shirley Haessly of Newport and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a
brother, Wilfred Morris.
Friends were received Nov. 16 at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, W.Va.,
where services were held Nov. 17, with Monsignor John Michael
Campbell officiating. Burial was in
Cemetery, with military
Online guest register is available at www.ingramfh.com.
ROBERT N. SAWYERS
Robert N. Sawyers, 84, Woodsfield, formerly of Powhatan
Point, died Nov. 15, 2010 at the
Monroe County Care
Center in Woodsfield. He
was born Jan. 21, 1926 in Jacobsburg, a son of the late John and
Bessie Weekley Sawyers.
He was a retired employee of the Army Corps of Engineers, a
Methodist by faith and a member of the VFW Post 5565 in Powhatan
Point and the American Legion Post 521 in Shadyside. He served
in the U.S. Army during WWII.
Surviving are three sons, Ronald (Judy) Lanch of Moundsville, W.Va., James (Rose) Sawyers of Columbus,
Robert (Iolene) Sawyers of Woodsfield; a daughter-in-law,
Marilyn Sawyers of Hannibal; a sister, Elizabeth Kopyar of
Glencoe; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and several
nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his
wife, Anna Mae Lively Sawyers on Oct. 17, 2005; a son, Dennis
Sawyers; a brother, Frankie Sawyers; three sisters, Nora Hudson,
Mary Sawyers, Freda Burdine; and a great-granddaughter, Cody
Friends were received Nov. 18 at Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral
Homes & Crematory, Powhatan Point, where services were held Nov.
19, with Rev. Anthony McSwords officiating. Burial followed in
Cemetery with full
military honors conducted by the VFW Post 5565 and American
Legion Post 228.
American Legion Services were held at the funeral home on Nov.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Relay for Life,
Dennis’ Menaces, Box 208,
Wendel V. “Jim” Jeffers, 90, Creston died Nov. 14, at the VA
Medical Center in Cleveland following a
brief illness. He was born Aug. 12, 1920 in Beallsvile, a son of
the late Albert E. and Jessie Hoopes Jeffers.
He married Margaret Emerson on Jan. 31, 1953 and she survives.
He was a 1938 graduate of
High School and served in
the U.S. Army during WWII from 1942-45. He was engaged in
farming and had been a lumber dealer having owned and operated a
saw mill for many years. He was a member of
Church and was a member of
Creston Moose Lodge 1224 and the K of P lodge. He was an avid
hunter and enjoyed playing cards. Family was his greatest joy.
Surviving are his wife, Margaret; four children, Mary Lynn
Jeffers of Tampa, Fla., Eric Jeffers of Colorado Springs, Scott
Jeffers of Tampa, Fla., and Sandra (Abel) Jeffers-Rano of St.
Petersburg, Fla.; two grandchildren, Jordan Jeffers, Maggie
Jeffers-Rano; four sisters, Wanda Pyers of Louis-ville, Selma
Royer of Thorn-ville, Ruth Pekar of Pensacola, Fla., and
Winifred (Russell) Ferguson of Galloway; a brother, Bernard (Ivaleen)
Jeffers of Lewistown; a step-brother, Harry (Dorothy) Earle of
Saratoga Springs, NY and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents,he was preceded in death by two
sisters, Wilma Winkler and Naida Larsen.
Friends were received Nov. 20 at Murray Funeral Home in Creston
where funeral services were held Nov. 21.
Memorial contributions may be made to
Church, P.O. Box 1111,
Tributes may be shared at www.Murray-Funeral-Home.com.
Vietta M. Williams, 89, of the Arbors Nursing Home of Marrietta
(formerly of Woodsfield) passed away Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 at
the nursing home. She was born near Harriettsville on Oct. 26,
1921, a daughter of the late Clark and Bessie C. Morrison Love.
She was a homemaker most of her life and in later years worked
as a cook at the Marietta Convalescent
Center and the Women’s Home, Marietta, which she
thoroughly enjoyed. She was a member of the Woodsfield Church of
Surviving are one son, James (Sue) Williams of Woodsfield,
three daughters: Nora (Harold) Carpenter of Lowell, Norma Jean
“Debbie” (Bill) Burkhart of Lowell, Betty (Gerald)
Handschumacher of Belpre; one sister-in-law, Marie Ball of
Waterford; nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, one very
dear niece, Shirly Ann Smith of Caldwell and several other
nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her
husband, George Nelson Williams on Oct. 1, 1987; two brothers,
James and Maywood Love, and a sister, Myrtle Hardesty.
Friends will be received at the Watters Funeral Home, 37501 S.R.
West, Woodsfield from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 23 where
funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 24 with Sam Bartrug
officiating. Burial will follow in the Stewart Cemetery at the corner of the family farm
Edith Pebble Brooks
Edith Pebble Brooks, 86,
Center, Woodsfield, died
Nov. 17, 2010 at the center. She was born May 13, 1924 near Arnoldsburg, W.Va.,
a daughter of the late Ira and Martha Marks Parsons.
She was a homemaker and a Protestant by faith.
Surviving are three daughters, Margie Davis of
Bethesda, Thelma Sindelar of Woodsfield, Connie
Lindell of Lewisville; a son,
Leonard Leroy Scarbro of Rinard Mills; three sisters, Maple
Chubb of Parkersburg, W.Va., Goldie Britton of
Caldwell, Ernestine Browning of
Ark., several grandchildren,
several great-grandchildren and several
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two
daughters, Jean Carpenter, Loretta Scarbro; four sons, Daiton,
Lester, Everett, Chester Scarbro; five brothers and six sisters.
Friends were received Nov. 20 until time of service at Watters
Funeral Home, Woodsfield, with Pastor Greg Fish officiating.
Burial followed in the Salem Cemetery,
Robert A. (Bob) Clift
Robert A. (Bob) Clift, 69, Barnesville, passed away Nov. 20,
2010 at his home following his battle with cancer. He was born
Dec. 24, 1940 in Boston, a son of the late William (Bill) Clift
and Ruth Sampson Clift.
He was retired from the Ohio Valley Coal Company, a faithful
member of the Barnesville Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses
where he served as an elder. He enjoyed gardening, remodeling,
his grandchildren and his ministry.
Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Wanda Robb Clift; three
daughters, Melissa (Brian) Swallie, Karen (Steve) Foster, Mandy
Clift; a son, Tony (Faye) Clift; two brothers, John (Sheryl)
Clift, Chuck (Paula) Clift; four grandchildren, Caden and Abby
Foster, Tyler and Trevor Swallie; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three
brothers, Richard (Dick), James (Jim), Roland; and a sister,
Billie Ruth Keiser.
Friends will be received Nov. 27, from 11 a.m. until time of
memorial service at 1 p.m. at Barnesville Kingdom Hall of
Jehovah’s Witnesses, SR 800 North, Barnesville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to
Barnesville Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, c/o Ken
Hennebert, 38030 Barnes-Bethesda Rd., Bethesda,
Bob’s favorite Bible verses were from Corinthians 1:3&4.
Share a memory with Bob’s family at:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kelly Kemp-Braido Funeral Home, Barnesville, was in charge of