Arraigned in Major Marijuana Bust
Clark talks with his attorney, Mark Morrison following
his Aug. 23 arraignment in Common Pleas Court.
by Arlean Selvy
Joseph W. Clark, 45,
Fry Hill Rd.,
Sardis, was arraigned Sept. 23 for
the part he allegedly played in cultivation of 1,813
marijuana plants with a street value exceeding $2.5
million. The plants were confiscated from the Wayne
National Forest by the
Monroe County Sheriffs’ Office. He entered a not guilty
is charged by the State with one count of illegal
cultivation of marijuana, a second degree felony. He
faces a potential sentence of two to eight years in
prison and a fine of up to $15,000, suspension of his
driver’s license and post release control. Federal
charges are pending.
Bond was set at $500,000 cash or surety and he was
remanded to the Noble County Jail.
According to Sheriff Charles R. Black Jr., Clark’s
arrest is the result of a three-month marijuana
cultivation Read more in the Monroe County
Beacon, Oct. 1 issue.
To the citizens of
I hear and read letters to the editor, after each Monroe
County Fair, critizing the board members’ way of
handling shows, rides, etc.
First of all - our county has 18 fairboard members. Each
one has certain shows, etc., he or she is in charge of.
Each one does his or her job as best as he or she can.
There are always things that go wrong, weather does not
cooperate, or schedules get messed up; but the shows go
on as best as our board members can do.
The work does not start on Thursday or Friday before the
fair opens on Monday. There are meetings to attend each
month, planning to be done on what shows will go well
with the people and what won’t. The fairground does not
groom itself throughout the year. Plus, there are
buildings in need of repair, as well as the pick-ups,
clean-ups and repairs caused by some of our destructive,
Then there are the countless complaints about gate
prices, season and membership passes, rides, and the
charging of grandstand seats.
First: Gate prices: The ride company gets about 40
percent of daily admission. Plus any games or food
stands the ride company brings in, receive 100 percent
of that money.
Second: Grandstand and bleacher charges for crowd
control and the ride company does not get any of it. The
fairboard has to pay for the shows.
The fairboard is a nonprofit organization which is
audited each year by the State of
Ohio. They have to have every
“t” crossed, and every “i” dotted, or they answer for
Why don’t they have well known musical entertainment? As
I said, they are a nonprofit organization, and how many
large companies are located in Monroe
to hit up for support? Our businesses are hard hit by
every organization: they simply can not donate
themselves out of business. They help in every way they
can, and the board appreciates each and every donation.
Without our businesses, the people of this county would
not have a fair to complain about.
It would do everyone good to volunteer, serve on a
committee, or help in any way possible. It would be a
real eye opener to learn how those 18 board members
operate on such a thin string.
So, before criticizing publicly, please ask a board
member “why,” “what” or “when.” They will explain it to
you, honestly, the reason.
Oh - by the way - I forgot to mention that each of the
18 board members have to purchase his or her own work
permit. Yes, they have to purchase a membership ticket,
just like John Q Public.
Joyce Landefeld, Woodsfield
The wife of one and the
mother of two
I wish to explain some of the benefits of the Monroe
Soil and Water Conservation District and OSU Extension.
Did you know that for every $1.00 the tax levy
generates, these two agencies bring in an additional
$8.50 from other sources? Where else can you get that
kind of return on investment these days?
These are not new taxes! We are thankful to you, the
voters of Monroe County,
for supporting us since 2000.
I serve as a supervisor for the Monroe Soil and Water
Conservation District. We are a committee of unpaid
volunteers who commit at least 480 hours per year
collectively. We believe that it is essential to
preserve our natural resources for generations to come.
The SWCD offers services including wildlife management,
forestry management, classroom and adult education
services, and an equipment rental program to name a
Most people are aware that the OSU Extension service is
the source for 4-H. This serves over 400 youth in our
county. Extension also offers agriculture programs,
family and consumer services and food nutrition
programs. Community Development, through the efforts of
Mary Jo Westfall, has brought many dollars into the
county for developing infrastructure.
Without your support, these services will be greatly
educed or possibly eliminated. The average home owner in
the county will pay less that $20 per year to keep these
two organizations running.
I encourage you to vote yes on Nov. 3. If you have any
questions about these two agencies, contact them. The
staff will be happy to assist you. OSU Extension,
472-0810 and SWCD, 472-0833.
Bill Thomas, Woodsfield
On Nov. 3 you have the op-portunity to vote on a
replacement of the OSU Extension
and Monroe County Soil and Water levies. I hope you will
support these existing levies to continue the programs
both agencies provide.
Our extension office provides nutritional
education to area residents. The 4-H clubs, sponsored by
OSU Extension, give our youth the opportunity to learn
and grow through community involvement, service projects
and volunteerism. Natural resources education is
provided to those interested in forest, land and water
management. These are just a few of the services
provided by the extension office.
The Monroe County Soil and Water offers many programs
for our local farmers including wildlife management,
forest management, education for our youth and many
Say ‘yes’ to the replacement of both levies for the good
of all Monroe County
Carol Hehr, Woodsfield
Tour of Homes Oct. 4,
In keeping with the Victorian flavor of the former Delaplaine
mansion, John and Norma Harmon have done extensive renovations
and remodeling to this home, built in the 1800s as a retreat for
the Delaplaine family. The dining room features ornate wood
paneling and built-in cupboard original to the house. Shown
below is a photo of the the mansion as it looked before the
tower and one side was razed.
Photo Courtesy of the Times Leader
former Delaplaine “mansion” in Graysville is featured on this
year’s Monroe Central Football Moms Tour of Homes. It was built
in the 1800s. The tower and one section of the house was razed
over the years. John and Norma Harmon own the lovely Victorian
by Martha Ackerman
It’s fall. The leaves are beginning to display their fall colors
of crimson, gold and yellow. It’s time to enjoy the countryside
while traveling to the five homes on this year’s Monroe Central
Football Moms Tour of Homes. The event is scheduled for Sunday,
Oct. 4, from 1-5 p.m. Each tour goer must have a ticket, which
are available at the Monroe Central Fieldhouse, located in Monroe
Eastern Avenue, Woodsfield.
Refreshments will be available at the fieldhouse.
Those attending this year’s tour are in for a treat. The five
homes show the individuality and creativity of their owners.
On the tour this year are the homes of Judge Jim and Kay Peters,
Steve and Tru Jorris, Paul and Sara Kraft, John and Norma Harmon
and Lynn and Yvonne Reusser.
Sugartree Cranesnest Road, two miles
east of Woodsfield, is the home of Judge Jim and Kay Peters. The
home was built in 1967 and has been occupied by the Peters
family since 1988. Jim and Kay have made extensive renovations
to the home including vinyl siding, new windows and doors. The
kitchen and dining room were completely remodeled recently and a
mud room, half bath and walk-in closet were added to the
kitchen. All of the kitchen cabinets were removed and replaced
with white oak cabinets. A dividing wall between the kitchen and
dining room was removed and a breakfast counter with white oak
stools was installed.
At the same time a concrete porch was removed and replaced with
a large deck. The steps from the deck descend to the lower
patio. Woodsfield Greenhouse completed decorative landscaping
porch, patio and along the front of the home. The view from the
deck on the rear of the home offers a panoramic view of the
western horizon. The Village of Woodsfield,
the water tower at
and the copper colored roof of Gary Ricer’s new home on State
Route 78 west can easily be seen from the deck.. The main Read
more in the Oct. 1 issue of the
Monroe County Beacon
Procrastination was last seen trying to find motivation, now
they’re both lost.
Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
a good Health Fair last week. Table after table of help
available. There is more available than we realize. If you still
have the booklet published by the Beacon, you know what’s
Every table or display had a number of things you could have
just for picking it up. You know who brought home a sack full.
Most had a use.. One I picked up had, I had no idea what it was
so I laid it back down. Even at that, one made it home anyway.
is blue, star shaped with a found ball on the tip of each point
which is pointed up or down depending upon how you place it on
the table.. I do not know the purpose of this thing, but we have
when you think you’ve seen it all, something comes along that
changes this. Probably, you’ve heard of this as I do not keep up
with modern technology too well. You can spend several bucks and
buy a thing for your checkbook that plays a song every time you
write a check. Can you think of anything more useless? Isn’t
there a song “Bye Bye Birdie?”
any of you remember the Big Ben alarm clock. It was a rather
large wind up clock with an alarm loud enough to wake up the
can remember Mom picking up that big clock, winding it up and
making sure it was set for get up time the next morning. Come
morning, she would start breakfast and get us out of bed. We
couldn’t go to the barn until we had something to eat. Kind of
beats the toast and peanut butter I choke down now days.
needed an alarm clock and I bought one of those little jobs,
operated by battery and I hoped it would do the job It did as on
a given mark, it would crow like a rooster and announce the
time. Only one problem. I had a tough time hearing it.
Several days ago I had to get up early for a trip and I worried
it wouldn’t be loud enough to wake me up. Well, I woke up at
4:15 a.m. and stayed awake until it was time to get up. Time for
Big Bed. We owned one years ago and I remember putting it on a
pan sometimes to be sure it would make enough noise to wake us
now own a Big Ben; well, actually it should be called Little Ben
because it’s much smaller. However, it’s loud enough to wake
Esther, so I don’t have to worry. I normally wake up at 6 a.m.
and it’s really good to go back to sleep, sometimes til 9. Now I
can wind up the clock every evening but I can’t put out the cat
because we don’t have one.
Football seems to take over every fall and the TV is trying to
make sure you get your fill of it by showing you the same thing
over and over on their sports programs. I can’t remember
actually seeing a football game until I went to an OSU game when
I was attending OSU. Ok, I did know what football was. We even
played touch football.
did have a basketball as a winter sport and the second time I
saw a basketball game was when I was a freshman in high school
and I played in it. We didn’t have a very good team.We also had
an FFA softball team that played in the spring. That was it for
sports except for a girls’ touch football game believe it or
went in to Woodsfield the other day while it was raining and on
the trip up and back, I met 14 drivers who were breaking he law.
The law? You have to turn on your headlights when using your
windshield wipers or something like that. I’m not sure of the
actual details because I met four cars that only had their
parking lights on. I’m not sure if they were breaking the law.
I’m also glad I do not have to worry about breaking this law as
I have a little thing that says automatic on my light switch and
they come on when my auto is running. I don’t even need to turn
them off let alone remember to turn them on when it rains. I
wonder if the law has something in it if you have the wipers
only wipe every so often when on delay or whatever you call it.
I almost forgot our favorite spring sport when I was in grade
school was King of the Hill on the ash pile that developed from
the stove in our two classrooms. I have a couple of scars to
prove this. Actually, our fall sports didn’t really get going
until some of my buddies started being comfortable wearing shoes
again. We didn’t have flip flops. We made do without a cell
phone and a TV and some, a radio.
really have to say this. I was really impressed by the picture
of the young ladies of
High School that were
selected for queen candidates and attendants. I don’t know about
you, but it makes me proud of our youth in the county. What a
haven’t forgotten. I still haven’t heard what happened to our
age is 10 years older than you are. Church is still not crowded;
there’s room for you.
River High Homecoming Candidates and Attendants
will celebrate homecoming Oct. 2 at halftime ceremonies of the
River vs. Zanesville Rosecrans football game. Candidates and
attendants are shown, from left, front: freshman attendant Kayla
Dietch,Clarington, daughter of Mark and Tammy Dietch; Miss River
candidates, Lindsay Hendershot, Fly, daughter of Dave and Robin
Hendershot; Chelsea Wax, Sardis, daughter of Traci Wax and
William Wax; Desi Hinkle, Sardis, daughter of Franklin Hinkle
and Cheryl Volin; Tiera Brooks, Powhatan, daughter of Doug and
Krysta Brooks; and Brooke Albright, Duffy, daughter of Jody and
Cindy Albright; junior attendant Jordan Ramsay, Powhatan,
daughter of Mike and Kendra Ramsay; sophomore attendant Emily
Dierkes of Woodsfield, daughter of Kelly and Tabi Dierkes; back:
Mr. River candidates, Kyle Krieg, Fly, son of Brent and Pamela
Krieg; Blake Price, Hannibal, son of Stephen Price and Kimberly
Kraushaar; Troy Haslam, Clarington, son of Terry and Paula
Haslam; Brent Bowen, Clarington, son of Darryl and Rebecca
Bowen; Devan Potts, Clarington, son of Troy Potts and Kim
Reusser. Photo by Martha Ackerman
High Homecoming Queen ~
Jarrett, daughter of Terry and Tara Jarrett, chose the blue rose
to become Beallsville High School’s 2009 Homecoming Queen. Her
escort was Trent Isaly, son of Kyla & Brian Isaly.
Photo by Paul Krajnyak, PSK Innovations
Central Homecoming Queen ~
Brannon, daughter of Doug Brannon of Woodsfield, was crowned
Monroe Central Homecoming Queen Sept. 25.
Photo by Nicole Huffman of PSK Innovations
Central Homecoming King ~
the draw of a card, Josh Duffy, son of Kevin Duffy and Jacy
Duffy, both of Woodsfield, was chosen as Monroe Central’s 2009
Homecoming King. He is shown with his mother, Jacy.
Photo by Keenan Hamilton, MC Interactive Media
Leona Mae Schafer Harrison, 87, of
Ross Street, New Martinsville, W.
Va., died Sept. 26, 2009 at Woodsfield Nursing and
Center, Woodsfield. She
was born Jan. 16, 1922 in Warwood, W.
Va., the daughter of the late Frank and
Grace Suter Schafer. She was a retired federal employee for the
VA Hospital in Butler,
Pa., where she worked as a
secretary in the dental clinic.. She was a member of the D.A.R.
the Monroe County Genealogy Society, United Methodist Women of
Hannibal, and the Hannibal United Methodist
Survivors include two brothers: Chester
(Freda) Schafer, f Powhatan Point; and Francis Schafer,
South Carolina; also several nieces and
addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her
husband Clarence Harrison, a brother Franklin Schafer and an
uncle Delbert Suter.
family received friends on Sept. 29 at Grisell Funeral Home and
Crematory, Clarington. Funeral services were held Sept. 30, 11
a.m., at Hannibal United
Church, 52732 SR536,
Hannibal, with Rev. Richard Wilson
officiating. Interment in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Clarington.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the American Cancer
Society, 122 S.
W. Va. 26501.
Sympathy expressions at: www.grisellfuneralhomes.com
SYLVIA BECKETT O’NEIL
Sylvia Beckett O’Neil, 82, Sardis,
died Sept. 24, 2009 at the
New Martinsville Care
Center. She was born April
2, 1927 in Monroe
County, a daughter of the
late George Schoonover and Edna Jones Schoonover.
worked for the former LGAM Manufacturing in Woodsfield. She was
a member of the West Union Church of Christ, member of the
American Legion Auxiliary New Martinsville and the VFW
Surviving are a daughter, Doris (Bob) Cornell of Sardis; a son,
Herman (Phyllis) Beck-ett of Wadsworth; a sister, Opal Bristol
of Sherrard, W.Va.; three grandchildren, Bobby (Renee) Cornell
of Shinnston, W.Va., Sherry (Kevin) Hall of Reader, W.Va., Ryan
Beckett of Wadsworth; five great-grandchildren, Spenser, Ethan
and Megan Cornell, Ashton and Jakeb Hall.
addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first
husband, Herman Beckett in 1961; second husband, Everett O’Neil
in 1992; four brothers and four sisters..
Friends were received Sept. 26 until time of service at
Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, with Donald Thompson
officiating. Burial was in West Union Cemetery, near
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the American
Cancer Society, 117 N. Main St.,
Woodsfield, Oh 43793.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.bauerturner.com