School Board Gets Update on
School District Facilities
Lumber has been harvested and a significant amount of earth has
been moved at the future site of Woodsfield Elementary and Monroe Central
High schools. This photo
was taken from the Woodsfield Fire Station on Airport Road. At Beallsville, workers are
in the process of stump grinding and chipping. A well and a
hidden cistern were found on the Beallsville property and have
been capped off.
Photo by Martha Ackerman
Gary Balog, architect, explained site concept information during
a meeting of school administration and members of construction
and engineering teams working on the school district’s new
school facilities. Here, he points out the concept for Powhatan
Elementary.. “It’s a nice site,” said Balog, “It’s adequate and
relatively level.” The school site is located on
Mt. Victory Road. Balog also reviewed
the Hannibal-Sardis Elementary site, which is near River High School.
The schools will share the main entry road and officials
discussed possible traffic problems with regard to busses and
vehicles. According to discussion, work at the Powhatan site,
referred to as the Mt. Victory
site, is about three weeks behind work at the Hannibal-Sardis
site. A. Selvy Photo
by Arlean Selvy
An update on the progress of school facilities was heard at the
Oct. 15 meeting of the Switzerland of Ohio School Board, which
also recognized Monroe Central cheerleaders.
Gary Balog, architect, reported that design concepts have been
sent to Ohio School Facilities Commission but he has not heard
back from them as yet. They are reviewing other plans as well.
Design development is currently on the table, according to Balog.
He said floor plans are being developed with administrative
staff and principals, who will help design interiors. “You’re
not going to get everything you wish for,” he said, noting the
budget. He said they will achieve as much as they can.
He said an early site package will probably be ready for the
Victory) site late next spring or
early summer. He said the barn on the site represents, to him, a
neat opportunity. He said the site is a lot less challenging, as
far as grading, than the site near the Nazarene church.
Balog said the major challenge at the Hannibal-Sardis site is
circulation of traffic, including high school bus traffic, K-8
bus traffic, student, teacher and parent traffic. He noted
discussion was held during the morning Core meeting and said he
believes they will be able to work it out with a combination of
creative ideas being put into place.
He noted also the ball field will be moved slightly to the
southwest without a problem.
With regard to the Hannibal-Sardis building, he said it will be
smaller than the Woodsfield Elementary building but the floor
plans are similar.
Scott Dierkes, board president, said he’d received complaints
about contractors from out of the area being awarded the
contracts and asked if that is being looked at.
It was noted by Elliott that PCS, project managers, Wheeling, is
the watchdog put on the job by Ohio School Facilities Commission
to look at the bids and make sure the lowest and most
responsible bid is awarded.
Elliott said the one thing the school board did in the project
labor agreement was stipulate that 50 percent of the workforce
would be local people. “They have a vested interest to make sure
it’s done right,” said Elliott. “They live here and their
children will go to school here.” Elliott explained that that
“local” means workforce from areas where the school district is
located, Monroe, Noble and
Balog noted there are many more bid packages to be awarded.
Monroe Central cheerleaders were recognized for winning blue
ribbons each day at the UCA Camp as well as the UCA Banana
Spirit Award the first night of camp. Cheer-leaders are, Brett
Mathews, Shayna Wilson, Kaleigh Downing, Liz Schuerman, Maggie
Cox, Brittany Gallagher, Paige Cunningham, Anissa Marmie,
Lindsay Williams, Brianna Gauding, Krystal Jones and Richelle
Derek-London Dierkes, was recognized as the Student Board Member
of the month. He reported on events at
In his school maintenance report, Marc Ring, interim director
of support services, said stump grinding and chipping has been
completed and earth moving is in process at the Woodsfield
Elementary – Monroe Central
High school site. At
Beallsville, workers are in the process of stump grinding and
chipping. A hidden cistern was found and has been capped off as
has a well that was on the property.
Ring said he’d taken some photographs of the house and barn
located on the Powhatan Elementary school site. He said
discussions need to be held with regard to what will be done
with the structures. He said they are too nice to tear down.
Read more in the Monroe County Beacon
The Monroe County Farm Bureau is asking for support in passing
Issue 2 on Nov. 3
Issue 2 will modify the state constitution to establish a state
13-member Livestock Stand-ards Board of Ohioans who will set
policy for farm animal care and food safety statewide.
The Ohio Farm Bureau and our members understand that regulations
are an important part of farming practices. Our support for
Issue 2 is based up-on our belief that these regulations should
be determined by our fellow Ohioans, not by organizations
outside of our state.
Issue 2 has the support of many state and local leaders.
Opposition to Issue 2 comes mostly from organizations such as
the Humane Society of the United States
who would prefer to impose regulations that would eventually
lead to the elimination of all livestock production.
A highly respected group, the Ohio League of Women Voters, also
opposes Issue 2 but it is important to understand why this group
is in opposition. They opposes Issue 2 not because they oppose
Ohioans setting animal and food safety but because “the
amendment contains too much specificity to be in the Ohio
Constitution. The League’s opposition is based on its stated
position that the Ohio Constitution should be a clearly stated
body of fundamental principles.”
We urge each reader to study Issue 2 carefully. Information can
be found online at www.ohiolivestockcare.com or please feel free
to contact your local Farm Bureau at www.4countyfb.com. If you
do not have access to the internet you can contact the four
Farm Bureau office at
740-425-3681 and arrange for a Farm Bureau member to answer any
questions you may have about Issue 1.
Please vote yes on Issue 2 on Nov. 3.
Dennis Ward, president
Farm Bureau Trustees
Monroe County Voters:
I, on behalf of the members of American Legion Post 87 of
Woodsfield, would like to make you aware of an
constitutional amendment that will appear on the Nov. 3 ballot.
Sparked by an inquiry from an Ohio
soldier serving in Iraq, Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray
proposed a constitutional amendment to provide compensation to Ohio veterans of the conflicts in the Persian Gulf,
Iraq. The Ohio House and Senate
voted to put the amendment on the Nov. 3 ballot.
In the past, Ohio has issued
bonds through four separate voter-approved amendments to the
state’s constitution in order to provide compensation to its
veterans of WWI, WWII, Korea
Veterans who served in Afghanistan, Iraq or the Persian Gulf
would receive $100 for each month of service up to a total of
$1,000. Veterans who served elsewhere during those conflicts
would receive $50 a month up to a total of $500. Family members
of those killed in action would receive $5,000 in addition to
any other allowable compensation. These figures are in line with
previous service bonuses, updated for inflation.
Issue I continues a longstanding Ohio
tradition of supporting
Ohio’s servicemen and women. Please
consider a “yes” vote on Issue I.
American Legion post 87
Board of MRDD Name Changes
The official title of the former MRDD has been changed to Monroe
County Board of Developmental Disabilities (DD), as required by
law. Shown, from left, are: superintendent Helen K. Ring, Min
Zheng, Troy Hickman, Yvonne Craig, Stephen January, Kevin Kraft,
Michael Kanzigg and workshop director Dan Lollathin.
On July 8 Governor Ted Strickland signed into law a change that
removed the words “mental retardation” from the name of the
state department that administers services to more than 80,000
Ohioans. The law also renames all 88 county boards of Mental
Retardation and Developmental Disabilities as County Boards
of Developmental Disabilities..
A small group of individuals with developmental disabilities
from Athens County
successfully spearheaded a movement to remove the term “mental
retardation” from the laws of the State of
Ohio, as well as service agencies
throughout the state.
State legislators unanimously agreed that the term “mental
retardation” has long been used in a negative way and has been a
hurtful description to individuals with developmental
disabilities. Forty-four other states in the United States
have already taken steps to remove these words from official
documents, buildings and service agencies.
The Monroe County Board of MRDD officials signed a resolution
Sept. 24 removing the term “mental retardation” from its name.
Helen K. Ring, superintendent of the Monroe
board, told the commissioners recently that it is important for
everyone to understand that this law only changes the name of
the agency. She reminded them that “the law does not change who
we serve and the services we provide, and eligibility for
services has not changed. It is the same agency, but simply has
a new name, as required by law.”
“We will still be the same agency and will continue to serve and
support more than 200 Monroe Countians and their families with
developmental disabilities,” said Ring. “The official title is
now Monroe County Board of Developmental Disabilities or Monroe
County Board of DD.”
The Monroe County Chamber of Commerce recognized the new owners
of HerSpace.gym recently. The gym offers a clean and friendly
place to improve personal cardiovascular health. Shown, from
left, are: employee Jessica Lumbatis, owner Holly Dick, chamber
secretary Ruth Workman, employee Christina Dick; in the
background are HerSpace.gym members Monica Long and Peg Beymer.
Photo by Martha Ackerman
by Martha Ackerman
Celebrating the grand opening of HerSpace.gym Oct. 17 was the
new owner Holly Dick. Employees include manager Christina Dick
and Jessica Lumbatis, who are available to acquaint members and
visitors with the gym equipment.
“The gym is a clean, friendly space to improve personal
cardiovascular health, muscle skeletal strength and over-all
fitness,” said Dick, who has been a nurse for 25 years.
Now that the weather is getting colder, the gym offers an indoor
exercise routine with the indoor walking ellipticals, Nordic
treadmill, FitExpress hydraulic resistance circuit, video
library and plenty of space for tae bo, pilates, hiphop abs and
Working throughout the community as a nurse, Dick is well aware
that health and fitness is the main gift each person can give to
themselves. She wants to help by providing this comfortable
exercise space, located at 204 Lewis-ville Road, below the Duke and
Duchess. Trial memberships are available.
In recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month, HerSpace.gym is
offering free joining fees in October with the proof of a
mammogram within the past one year.
Teachers and school staff will be recognized with free joining
fees during the month of November.
The gym will be open with treats for the little goblins during
Woodsfield’s Trick or Treat, set for Oct. 29, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
The gym is open Monday thru Thursday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-7
p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.; Saturday, 8-11 a.m.
For more information, contact HerSpace.gym at 740-472-5756.
Management invites those interested to stop in.
Don’t judge. You can’t tell how far a frog can jump just by
looking at it.
Dieting is something we do religiously. We eat what we want and
pray we do not gain weight.
I almost forgot. I found out what the blue star with a ball on
each point is that you know who picked up at the recent Health
Fair. It is to rub around on your back. It really feels good!
Now, if I could find someone to rub it around on my back a
couple of times a day, I’d really have it made. When I was
growing up, we would just back up to a tree to scratch our
I read this somewhere and I don’t know how they figured. They
claimed it requires 5,000 gallons of water to produce one pound
of meat. No wonder I had to carry so much water to the old cows
when we were forced to keep them in the barn a day or so.
It’s getting that time of year again for a special question.
What do you call a meatless hot dog? By the way, did you know
the hot dog was invented in Ohio back in 1900? That
makes it 109 years old. I remember when they were hooked
together in a string. Answer later if I don’t forget.
With Dish network, you can see just about anything you might
want to watch. I guess the same on cable. The other evening I
went searching the cable a couple of minutes before going to
bed. I accidentally caught a lady taking a bath. Scared the heck
out of me.
I enjoy watching some of the old TV programs as they sometimes
bring back memories. The other night, I’m not sure the name of
the movie now, had an auto that had a rumble seat. How many of
you remember the rumble seat?
A buddy of mine owned a car with a rumble seat. We thought we
were eating high on the hog riding around in the rumble seat.
Maybe if we could have had a girl sitting beside us in the
rumble seat, we would have really rumbled. Sorry, I was still
afraid of girls at the time.
I enjoy reading the outside message boards in front of churches.
Some of them make you think and are good advice. One in front of
a church in Woodsfield tops them all in my book. It is a message
from God. “A dam holds water. It is not my last name.” I only
slipped once during the last Ohio State
football game. I’ve changed to another four-letter word starting
with a letter farther down the alphabet.
What’s this old world coming to? I expect you’ve read or heard
about the six-year-old first grader who will probably be sent to
reform school for a month and a half.
What did he do that caused such punishment? He carried his scout
camping knife to school. His mother indicated he really enjoyed
the Boy Scouts and ate his meals at home using the knife. The
camping knife contained a fork and spoon as well as a blade.
Since writing the above, I read in the paper this evening the
school board has backed off the zero tolerance policy and the
first grader will not be required to attend the alternate
school. Good for them.
I said earlier times have changed. I don’t remember when I
started to carry a knife in my pocket. As a matter of fact, I
carried a knife until a few years ago after I misplaced it. I
even slipped it into my pocket when I changed to go to church.
I’m not sure if our school system does not allow students to
carry a knife while attending school; however, I think they do.
I must confess I carried a knife in my pocket the whole time I
was teaching. Couldn’t count the times in shop it came in handy.
As I said, times changed. I remember at times we carried two
knives–one for trading and a good one for use. We even played
what we called “mumbly peg” with our knives. I don’t remember
how many ways we had to try to stick our knives in the ground. I
still remember the loafers in front of Bond’s Store whittlin’ on
a stick or the bench they were sitting on, a spittin’ and a lyin’.
Oh, well, such is life.
I don’t know how or why I think of these things but I have a
question. How many of you have poured your coffee in a saucer
and drunk it from the saucer? I recall Dad and others doing
this. I never questioned why at the time but I did wonder. I
understand it was to cool the coffee before drinking. I guess it
worked as several did this. What do you think folks would say if
you went into Traditions and asked for a saucer so you could
cool your coffee, then drink it out of the saucer? I remember at
one time I enjoyed soaking soda crackers with coffee and a
little sugar. mmm..good.
I almost forgot. A meatless hotdog is a hollow wiener. Get it?
I have scheduled a hunter education class for Nov. 16-19 to be
held in the Woodsfield Elementary School cafeteria. The time is
5:30-8:30 p.m. There is no age requirement and prior
registration is not required. If you have questions, call me at
Ha! I fooled you. I bet you thought I was going to say something
about not have an FFA chapter this week.
Church Sunday? Okay.
A wise person has long ears, big eyes, and a short tongue.
Sylvia R. Cunningham, 99, of
Sardis, died Oct. 14, 2009 at Wetzel County
Hospital, New Martinsville, W. Va. She was born April 4, 1910 in Hannibal, a daughter
of the late Edwin and Mary Baumgartner Tisher.
She was a member of the
Church, Order of Eastern
Star #533 in Clarington, the Sardis Community Club and Sardis
Methodist Women’s Society.
Surviving are a son Marlyn (Gladys) Cunningham,
Sardis; two grandchildren: Danny (Jolinda)
Cunningham and Brenda Lucas; three great-grandchildren: Brett
Cunning-ham, Scott Lucas, Renee Lucas; and several nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death on June
24, 1986 by her husband Ronald Cunningham, whom she had married
on Oct. 27, 1931.
Family received friends on Oct. 16 at Grisell Funeral Home, Sardis, where Eastern Star services were held.
Funeral Services were held at the funeral home on Oct. 17 with
Rev. Richard Wilson officiating. Interment in
Memorial contributions may be made to
Sardis United Methodist
Church, P.O. Box 85, Sardis, OH 43946
or to Clarington Order of Eastern Star #533, c/o Gloria Miller,
51907 SR145, Beallsville, OH
Sympathy expressions at: grisellfuneralhomes.com
Ruth E. Hogue, 85, of Woodsfield, died Oct. 13, 2009
at the Monroe County Care
Center. She was born in Antioch July 24, 1924, a
daughter of the late John William Dougherty and Josie Mayfield
She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Woodsfield,
Eastern Star Lodge 268, member and past president of the VFW
Aux-iliary 5303, member of the Monroe County Chamber of the Ohio
Genealogy Society and a member of the First Families of Monroe
She is survived by a son Norman W. (Bill) Hogue, Woodsfield;
three daughters: Kaye Hogue, St. Clairsville; Carolyn (Joe)
Livorno, Fair-born; Patricia (Bob) Hissom, Denver, N.C.; a
sister: Phyllis Haught, Malvern; five grandchildren; 10
great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Norman G. Hogue on
March 25, 1997.
Memorial services were held Oct. 17 at the
with Pastor Susan Lehosky officiating. Interment in
at the convenience of the family. Arrange-ments by Bauer-Turner
Funeral Home, Woodsfield.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Monroe County
Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 641,
Condolences may be expressed online at: www.bauerturner.com
SHIRLEY ANN SILLS
Shirley Ann Sills, 69, of
Lewisville, died Oct. 14, 2009 at
her home. She was born at
City on June 13, 1940, a
daughter of the late Earl and Elva Stallings Bishop. She was a
former coal miner, assembly line worker and former truck driver.
Surviving are a daughter Beverly Shultz, Glen Rock,
Pa.; a son Chris Sills,
Lewisville; two brothers: Jim Bishop,
Zanesville and Don Bishop, Cambridge; one sister Mary Truelsen, Newark; three grandchildren; one
great-granddaughter; several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her
husband Raymond Sills in 1969; two brothers: Wayne and Glenn
Friends were received Oct. 17 at Watters Funeral Home,
Woodsfield, until the time of services with Keith Jones
officiating. Burial in the Friends
Cemetery, Quaker City.
Online condolences may be expressed at:
TRACY D. COLVIN KNIGHT
Tracy D. Colvin Knight, 39, of
2649 Camelot Way, Green-wood, Indiana (formerly of
Antioch) died Oct. 11, 2009 at the Community Hospital
South, Greenwood, Indiana.
She was born at Barnesville on April 16, 1970, a daughter of
Richard “Rick” and Mary Dalrymple Colvin, who survive of
Mrs. Knight was a 1988 graduate of
River High School, Hannibal;
an honor graduate of Cumberland College,
Kentucky, where she received a
bachelor’s degree in health administration. She was a member of
the Plainview Church of Christ near Woodsfield; was a team mom
for the Whiteland Youth Football League,
Indiana. She was a devoted wife
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband Major
Kenneth M. Knight, whom she married on July 27, 1991; three
daughters: Kelsie Knight, Asia Knight and Tatum Knight, all of
the home; one son Cannon Knight, of the home; a sister Teena
(Jeff) Cummings of Olive Branch, Mississippi; five nephews:
Jeffrey Cummings, Terrell Knight, James Smith, Nathaniel and
Calvin Knight; four nieces: Kacee Cummings, Tammy and Jamie
Smith and Ciara Pena.
She was preceded in death by an infant son Trevor Knight; her
paternal grandparents Victor and Faye Colvin; maternal
grandparents Clarence Raymond “Rip” and Inez Dalrymple.
Friends were received at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield until
time of services Oct. 15, with Sam Bartrug officiating. Burial
in the Plainview Cemetery,
Online condolences may be expressed at:
CHARLES C. ANDERSON
Charles C. (Charlie, Chuck, Chas) Anderson,
77, of Napoleon, Ohio, died
Sept. 25 at the Veterans Hospital
in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was born Feb. 3, 1932 in
the son of Mary Bernice (Krohn) and Charles C. Anderson.
At age 12 he lived with his Aunt Janet and Uncle Dale E. Snavely
and their children. He graduated from
High School in 1950 and
attended The Ohio State University. He was stationed in Berlin with the United States Army during the
Korean Conflict. He had a life-long career in the construction
field, building residential and commercial buildings and
supervising construction with construction and architectural
He was a licensed auctioneer and realtor. On Aug. 13, 1976 he
married Nancy (Bonar) Wright. He was a member of the Holgate United
Church, a past church trustee and
Sunday School superintendent. He was a member of the Rufus
Putnam Masonic Lodge, Ohio Auctioneer Association, National
Auc-tioneers Association, Ohio Horse Council and Zenobia Shrine
and Mounted Patrol.
He is survived by his wife, his sons and their families: Steven
and Liam Anderson, Florida; Michael, Melissa, Christian and
Michigan; Matthew, Michelle, Jenna and Kevin
Anderson, Virginia; and Paul,
Michael and Christopher An-derson,
Ohio; a half-sister Betty (Owen D.)
Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Chuck’s life will be held on Oct. 24 at 2 p.m.
in the Holgate United Methodist
Church with Rev. Deb Berry
and Rev. Tom Ketzler officiating.
Friends will be received in the church from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A
Masonic service will be held at 1:30 p.m. A luncheon will be
served in the church basement.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gideons
International or the Holgate United Methodist
Church. Zachrich Funeral
Home and Cremation Services of Holgate were entrusted with the
STEVEN E.J. BILYEU
Steven E.J. Bilyeu, 19, of
Railroad Street, Lewisville,
died Oct. 15, 2009 at the Southeastern
Center, Cambridge, following injuries received in an
accident in Byesville. He was born at
on Sept. 6, 1990, a son of Gregory and Carol Glasgow Bilyeu, who
survive of Lewisville.
He was a 2008 graduate of Monroe Central High School
and Swiss Hills Career
Center, near Woodsfield.
He was a laborer for the Meadowbrook Tire and Muffler Co.,
Byesville. He enjoyed his friends and also guitar playing.
Surviving, in addition to his parents, are one brother Mathew
Bilyeu, of the home; a sister Michelle Farley of Woodsfield; two
nieces: Hartlee and Jayden; maternal grandmother Shirley Glasgow
of Quaker City; paternal grandparents Lewis and Kath-erine
Bilyeu of Beallsville.
Friends were received at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield, Oct.
18 where funeral services were held Oct. 19 with Rev. Betty
Merckle officiating. Burial followed in the
Online condolences may be expressed
Betty J. Larrick, 83, Cam-bridge, died Oct. 19, 2009,
at Red Carpet Health Care Center. She was born Sept. 14, 1926 in
County, Lewisville, a daughter of the late William T.
Hines and Mable C. Highman Hines.
Friends will be received Oct. 22, from 4 - 8 p.m. at Bundy-Law
Funeral Home, Cambridge, where service
will be held Oct. 23, at 1 p.m., with Pastor Steve Leathley
officiating. Burial will follow in
Online condolences may be sent to: www.bundy-lawfuneralhome.com