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Oct. 1, 2009

Man Arraigned in Major Marijuana Bust

Joseph 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 plea.

Clark 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.


Our Readers Write 

To the citizens of Monroe County:

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, thoughtless countians.

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 it.

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 County 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 Monroe 

County Fairgrounds members


Letter to County Residents:

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 few.

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


Letter to County Residents:

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 other services.

Say ‘yes’ to the replacement of both levies for the good of all Monroe County residents.

Carol Hehr, Woodsfield





Tour of Homes Oct. 4, 1-5 p.m.

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  

The 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 home.

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer

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 Memorial Park, 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.

Located on 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 around the 

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 Malaga 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


Around the Burnside

Procrastination was last seen trying to find motivation, now they’re both lost.

Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.

What 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 available.

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.

It 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 one.

Just 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?” 

Do 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 soundest sleeper.

I 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.

We 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 up.

I 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.

We 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 not.

I 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.

Oh, 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.

I really have to say this. I was really impressed by the picture of the young ladies of Beallsville 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 nice picture.

I haven’t forgotten. I still haven’t heard what happened to our FFA. 

Old age is 10 years older than you are. Church is still not crowded; there’s room for you.  

River High Homecoming Candidates and Attendants

High School
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 

~ Beallsville High Homecoming Queen ~

Tori 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

~ Monroe Central Homecoming Queen ~

Brittany Brannon, daughter of Doug Brannon of Woodsfield, was crowned Monroe Central Homecoming Queen Sept. 25.
Photo by Nicole Huffman of PSK Innovations 

~ Monroe Central Homecoming King ~

By 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 Rehabilitation 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 Church.

Survivors include two brothers: Chester (Freda) Schafer, f Powhatan Point; and Francis Schafer, South Carolina; also several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Clarence Harrison, a brother Franklin Schafer and an uncle Delbert Suter.

The 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 Methodist Church, 52732 SR536, Hannibal, with Rev. Richard Wilson officiating. Interment in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Clarington.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the American Cancer Society, 122 S. High St., Morgantown, W. Va. 26501.

Sympathy expressions at:     www.grisellfuneralhomes.com

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.

She 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 Sistersville, W.Va.

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.

In 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 Sardis.

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