Runs for Re-Election
Submitted by John Pyles
My name is John V. Pyles and I am grateful to have the
opportunity to serve Monroe
County. I am seeking re-election to
the office of County Commissioner,
Jan. 1 term 2011.
I reside in Sardis with my family
and I am a life-long resident of
County. I graduated from River
High School in 1980. I am 47 years
old and have devoted my entire adult career to
County public service.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending quality time with my family
and friends watching OSU and Steelers’ football, tending to my
garden and spending time on the river. I am also an avid hunter
and fisherman. Aside from being a commissioner, I am also a
member of many clubs and organizations including: the National
Wild Turkey Federation, Ohio Township Association, Monroe County
Sportsman Club, Masonic Lodge 597, and the United Methodist
Church. I am a member of
the United Steelworkers Local 5724 and the Laborer’s Union 1149.
I was raised in a hardworking family with strong union ties. My
father was a union coal miner in the No. 4 mine and eventually
became a union representative for the United Mine Workers. I
grew up believing strongly in the power of unions and have
remained an active union member. For this election, as in years
past, I am being endorsed by every union within the Ohio Valley
and I appreciate the support of my union brothers.
I have served four terms as a Lee Township Trustee and I am
currently in my first term as your county commissioner, where my
colleagues have elected me president for each of the last three
years. With my experience and proven record as commissioner, I
will continue to help accomplish what is best for the citizens
of Monroe County. Now more than ever this county
needs experienced leadership that will make sound, responsible
decisions in this environment of instability and change. I have
worked with my colleagues, sometimes having to make tough
decisions, throughout my tenure, but always focusing on moving
I will continue to work hard for the advancement of Monroe county. Experience with a proven track
record, leadership, progress and teamwork is what you will
continue to get from me as your county commissioner. We have and
we can continue to move Monroe
forward! And remember, you cannot substitute government
experience and leadership cannot be bought.
Vying for Rep Seat
Submitted by Linda Secrest Living in Southeast Ohio all of my
life, I’ve seen firsthand the struggles that hard-working,
Southeast Ohioans face when the economy is slow and jobs are
scarce. I grew up in the American dream, helping my parents
build a business from the ground up. As an adult, I’ve problem
solved with men and women across southeast
Ohio, helping them overcome the
obstacles they face.
Our region has been hurt by the national recession. That’s why
my number one priority is bringing jobs to
Southeast Ohio. We need to have sustainable jobs
that will last. To attract those jobs, we need to have the
infrastructure to support these industries. We need roads,
water, sewer and technology to allow business to grow in our
region. I will fight for an equitable distribution of state
resources for our area and I will work with the business
community to bring employment to our region.
Where you live should not determine the quality of your
education. Our schools need to prepare our children for college
and beyond. An excellent education system is an essential
building block for our region. It will attract business and
provide opportunities for our children.
These three things: jobs, infrastructure, and education are what
will bring our region around. Too often we watch our young
people flock to cities for employment. By working on
infrastructure and education, we can attract the jobs that will
keep the next generation of Southeast
Ohioans here. We will be able to bring in companies
that will become part of the communities. The future of
Southeast Ohio is decided now.
I will work across the aisle to insure government
accountability. We need to do more performance budgeting and
shared services. Looking for ways that we can
consolidate government services that are practical and make
sense is essential.
I have made a career in an area that I see as one of the most
serious problems facing our state. I have served for over 32
years as a counselor and Executive Director of a Drug and
Alcohol program in Guernsey County.
This problem is severe and needs to be addressed.The scourge of
drugs and alcohol is our greatest contributor to family
dysfunction and breakup, community crime and incarceration.
is not immune. It is infiltrating our schools and breaking down
our communities. We must develop effective prevention,
treatment, and criminal systems to deal with this critical issue
and we must do it soon.
Now more than ever, we need someone who understands the
struggles we face in Southeast Ohio. We need a representative that is willing
to go to Columbus
and fight for us. We need someone who understands that if we
are to get back up as a region, we need an advocate who will go
to Columbus, roll up her sleeves, work across the
aisle and get things done for this region. I am the strong
voice that will fight for Southeast Ohio.
The Beacon affords local candidates the opportunity to
introduce themselves to our readers.
Bible School Children
Donate to Warm the Children ~
During the five-night Bible school held this summer, children of
the Jerusalem United
collected change in a “flying saucer.” The money collected by
the 45 children who attended
School throughout the week
was donated to Warm the Children, which provides warm, winter
coats and boots to needy children of the Switzerland of Ohio
Local School District. Shown with Pandora Neuhart, WTC
coordinator, right; are Lola Phillips, Bible
co-director; children are: Uryan Meade, Breanna Meade, Kylie
Ward, Shelley Hagan, Brock Ward and Jayda Hagan.
Photo by Martha Ackerman
Beallsville High School Principal Micah Fuchs stands on the site
of the new Beallsville High School/Beallsville Elementary
School. In the background workers are busy with the geothermal
wells. The project is underway and a ceremonial groundbreaking
will be held Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. During the Oct. 7 meeting of the
Switzerland of Ohio School Board, bids were accepted for the
Woodsfield Elementary- Monroe Central project.
Photo by Martha Ackerman
Work at the Beallsville’s new PK-12 school project has begun.
Geothermal wells should be complete and a ceremonial
groundbreaking is set for Oct. 18 at 10 a.m.
According to representatives from construction company,
foundation work was expected to begin on Oct. 8 with the goal of
getting underground utilities in and paving done.
At the Oct. 7 meeting of the Switzerland of Ohio Local School
District, bids were accepted for the Woods-field/Monroe Central
building project. Grae-Con Construc-tion, Inc.’s bid for
$10,670,000 was accepted for General Trades for MCHS and
Woodsfield PK-8. The bid for roofing for the project went to
Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal, Inc. at $712,423. Brewer &
Co. of WV, Inc. was the successful bidder for the fire
protection at $243,300. The combined bid for plumbing and HVAC
for the MC/Woodsfield PK-8 project was accepted from Climatech,
Inc. at $4,095,000. KAL Electric, Inc. had the successful bid at
$2,559,000 for electrical work. The geothermal package was
awarded to GTS Piping, LLC at $514,925. Breckenridge Kitchen
Equip. & Design, Inc. was the successful bidder for the food
service equipment at both the Monroe Central/ Woodsfield project and at
Beallsville’s PK-12. The bids were $250,725 and $156,700,
A resolution for acknowledging budget overage for the
Beallsville, Woodsfield and Monroe Central projects and
indicating intent to fund district share from bond issue
proceeds at such time as a budget amendment is prepared was
accepted by the board with board member Ron Winkler voting no.
Mr. River and Ms. River
Zach Wichterman, son of Dean and Pam Wichterman, and
Kylie Brown, daughter of Dana and Sharon Brown, were crowned Mr.
River and Ms. River, respectively, during halftime ceremonies of
the River vs.
football game Oct. 8.
Last year’s Ms. River Desi Hinkle and Mr. River Troy Haslam are
shown with the crown bearers at the 2010 RHS Homecoming
ceremony. Photos by Martha
Around the Burnside
A perfectionist is one who takes great pains, and gives them to
Hot heads and cold hearts never solve anything.
I thought maybe some of the more recent readers might be
interested to know why I call it Around the Burnside. There may
be readers who do not know much about a Burnside stove, or even
know what it is. Back when we used a Burnside or a stove like it
to keep our houses warm we couldn’t go to a gadget on the wall
and punch some button to keep warm or cold. Just about all we
need to worry about is hoping the electric does not go off and
paying the bill. The Burnside took or takes more work and it
could be operated with wood. I think several have gone back to
the burnside idea. Some are even located outside the house. If
someone had told us there would be wood burners to heat your
home located outside we would have thought they were nuts. Now
we can go underground to get our hear; even a school house.
I spent most of my time growing up in the town of Fairview. Actually it was almost seven tenths
of a mile long but only two houses wide. There are three cross
roads in town but two of them do not go anywhere. The lower end
of town was called Turkey town
because three roads spread like a turkey foot. A fact I didn’t
learn until just a few years ago. Fairview
is located on what was known as Rt. 40 on the edge of Belmont
county. If you don’t blink you can see it as you go by on I-40.
It was a thriving little town when I was growing up. As I recall
there were three filling stations, as we called them that back
then, although very few owned cars. In addition, there was a dry
goods store, three grocery stores, a barber shop, a beer joint
and some said several busy bodies. Most of which are gone now
and are only a memory.
The beer joint moved to a building out of town as the residents
voted the sale of alcohol out of town. I really don’t think it
hurt their business that much.
Bond’s store was the popular grocery store. Then you told the
clerk what you wanted and he got it for you.
In the center of the store was a Burnside stove during the
winter. It was removed during the summer. Every evening the men
in town, called loafers, would gather around the stove, chew
tobacco, spit in the stove or the ash box behind the stove and
settle the problems of the country. During the summer, it was on
benches in front of the store. Ladies did their shopping during
the daylight hours.
During my early years, I wasn’t allowed to hang out at the store
but as I grew older I spent time listening to the stories, many
of which were what you call tall tales and maybe lacked a bit of
truth but it was a good education. I feel hearing those stories
around the burnside and benches had a large influence on my
life. Also my love for listening, reading and telling stories.
It’s taken time so thus the name Around the Burnside.
Well, I do-ed it. I’ve done voted. Nearly a month early. Now
when I get a telephone call expounding on what a good job so and
so would do if elected, I can say, ‘I have already voted for him
or her.’ This would make the caller feel good even if it were
not true. I am tempted but I just say, “I’ve voted already.”
The political signs are popping up everywhere. It’s kind of
interesting to see how they are arranged. I won’t say how, and
the political ads on tv keep coming and coming. It was kind of
interesting the other evening. A TV station asked the question,
“Do the TV political ads influence your vote?” Eighty percent of
those who answered said they had no influence on their vote. Oh
well, the ads too will pass until the next election rolls
Then I wonder how effective are all the extra pages of ads that
are stuffed into our Sunday paper. Thursday’s paper also gets
its share. They attract very little attention at our house.
Talking about the up coming election, we have two renewal levies
up for a vote. One for
another important one for our schools.
The renewal for the school is a bit different. It doesn’t seem
possible, but it’s true. If it fails, your taxes will not be
less but will stay the same. Your taxes will remain the same and
the education of our youth will take the hit. This means a yes
vote is a vote for the youth in the county and we have some of
the best. All they need is an opportunity. A yes vote helps to
give them the chance. I voted yes for both levies.
If little ears should not hear it, big mouths should not say it.
Want to feel welcome? Attend church Sunday.
I would like to take this time to recognize the Monroe County
Sheriff’s Department on an excellent job on apprehending the
suspects in the Beallsville WesBanco robbery. They did an
What upsets me is the way people are acting like the suspects
and their families are the victims. These were not boys and they
made the decision to do this vicious crime.
They were men who planned what they did. What about the ladies
that were traumatized by this? They are hard working people,
trying to make an honest living. They have been traumatized by
this and it has been very hard on each and every one of them.
There was nothing “funny” about any of this and remarks that
have been made are ignorant and hurtful.
The signs up stating that they love the guilty party is like a
slap in the face to those good people. They can love them and
that is fine, but don’t display it for all to see that have been
affected by this.
Justice needs to be served and they need to pay for what they
have done with the maximum sentence.
Response to the recently published 'Letter to the Editor' from
Larry Elliott, Superintendent of Schools, regarding a levy
renewal on the Nov. 2 General Election ballot:
Mr. Elliott claims the levy renewal, if passed, will "have no
effect on the agricultural land owners' or the homeowners' tax
bill." Only "commercial / industrial and public utility tax
payers" will continue to pay higher taxes.
Though technically correct, Mr. Elliott's implication is
misleading. Common sense tells us that when costs are higher,
businesses must increase the cost of their products to consumers
(that's us!) Just as important, local businesses employ
County workers; higher
costs of business and/or reduced profits have, in too many
instances, necessitated employee layoffs. Again, the average
resident is, indeed, affected.
This is not to say the continued levy should be defeated. If a
voter thinks the levy is justified, he should vote in favor of
passage. However, the truth remains that nothing worthwhile is
without cost, as Mr. Elliott seems to suggest.
For liberty and truth,
Deb K. Ault Jones
Editor’s Note: According to Denise Stoneking of the Auditor’s
Office, if the school levy passes, the real estate,
agricultural, business, commercial and mineral taxes will all
remain as they are now. If it fails, business, commercial and
mineral taxes will be reduced; real estate and agricultural
taxes will remain the same.
Martha Jane McIntire, 98, Woodsfield Nursing and
Center, Woodsfield, died Oct. 5, 2010
at the Woodsfield Nursing and
Center, Woodsfield. She
was born July 4, 1912 at
Bridgeport, a daughter of the late Harry
and Mina Golden Davidson Tank.
She was a homemaker and attended the former Salem Christian
Church near Clarington, where she was the founder of the
Happiness House. She also attended the New Life Church, Woodsfield, and was a former volunteer at
Woodsfield Nursing and
Surviving are two daughters, Gwendolyn Mehler of Woodsfield,
Lois McIntire of Fly; six sons, Donald (Mary Katherine) McIntire
of Clarington, Roger McIntire of Byesville, Gary McIntire of
Sardis, Walter (Judi) McIntire of Clarington, Errol (Kathy)
McIntire of Clarington, Dwight (Charlene) McIntire of Orrville;
three sisters, Betty (Lee) Dunn of Clarington, Margaret Minamyer,
Ruth Weaver both of Minerva; 24 grandchildren and several
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her
husband, Delbert McIntire on Dec. 26, 1997; a son, Bruce
McIntire; a sister, Bernice Gerber; a brother, Harold Tank and
Friends were received Oct. 8 at Watters Funeral Home,
Woodsfield, where funeral services were held Oct. 9, with Glen
Bailey officiating. Burial followed in the
Salem Christian Church
Cemetery near Clarington.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Salem Christian Church
Cemetery Fund, c/o Mrs. Errol (Kathy) McIntire,
47673 Sakes Rdg. Rd.,
Clarington, OH 43915.
Walter Franklin (Red) Bishop, 76, Woodsfield, died Oct. 5, 2010
at Selby Hospital,
Marietta. He was
born Feb. 9, 1934 at the Monroe County Infirmary, Woodsfield, a
son of the late Walter Edmond and Nellie Mae Roberts Bishop. His
parents were managers of the facility at that time.
He attended school at Woodsfield and was a member of the Church of Christ,
Woodsfield Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 2247, Woodsfield Eagle
Lodge and the Woodsfield VFW.
He retired from South Central Power and was an electrical
contractor under the IBEW as a heavy equipment operator for over
50 years and was recently awarded a medal for his years of
dedication. He enjoyed working puzzles, traveling and spending
time with his friends. He was always available to assist his
friends in any way.
Surviving are his nieces, Lisa (Steve) Jones of Woodsfield, Ruth
(Al) Kampras of Portland, Ore., Bobbie Taylor of Seattle,
Washington, Julia (Tim) Stout of Portland, Sherri (Gordon) Pitts
of Washington, Gary Taylor of Washington; step-son, O. Matthew
Miller of Washington Court House; step-grandchildren, Terry
Andrew Miller of Columbus, Adam Matthew Miller of Orlando, Fla.,
Jill Elizabeth Durr of Fort Thomas, Ky.; and his cousins, Joe
(Robin) Bishop of Woodsfield and Linda Buhrts of Woodsfield.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his
wife, Marilyn Joan Miller, whom he married Dec. 19, 1969; she
passed away July 31, 1986; two sisters, Genevieve Kampras, Ruth
Taylor; a brother, Raymond; a niece, Tommy Kampras and his
special companion Helen Dougherty in 2007.
Friends were received Oct. 11 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home,
Woodsfield, where funeral services were held Oct. 12, with Keith
Jones officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery, Woodsfield.
Condolences can be expressed at:
Donald L. “Rocky” Hise
Donald L. “Rocky” Hise, 77, of
11 Jackie Franks Rd.,
Smithfield, Pa. (formerly of Woodsfield and Tavares, FL)
died Oct. 8 at his home. He was born at
East Alton, Illinois
on March 2, 1933, a son of the late Roy and Protha Bennett Hise.
He was a former Florida state
trooper and was the general superintendent during the
construction of Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
He was also a retired owner of Hise Motors and United Country
Real Estate both of Woodsfield,
and was a
honorably decorated Air Force veteran of the Korean War.
Surviving are his wife, Sandra Bartoni Hise, of the home; a son,
Joseph B. (Della) Hise Sr. of Woodsfield; a sister, Madge
Madison of Crossville, Tenn.; former son-in-law, Donnie Gump of
Wallace, W. Va.; four grandsons: Joseph Hise Jr. of Woodsfield,
Ohio State Trooper; Rocky John Hise of St. Clairsville; Joshua
B. Hise of Moundsville, W. Va.; Beau Gump of Wallace, W. Va.;
and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his
first wife, Rosemary Pashley Hise on Feb. 23, 2004.
Friends were received at the Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield
Oct. 10, where funeral services were held at Oct. 11 with Rev.
David Edwards officiating. Burial in the
Oaklawn Cemetery, Woodsfield with full military
Friend “Sonny” Wilson West
Friend “Sonny” Wilson West, 68, New Martinsville, died Oct. 7,
2010 at home with family at his side. He was born July 29, 1942
in New Martinsville, the son of the late Friend West and Mary
Anderson. He passed away after his last trip to Wal-Mart.
He was a retired crane operator and repairman with PPG
Industries, a U.S. Army Airborne Ranger. He enjoyed working as a
mechanic and a welder and loved to work on riding lawn mowers.
Surviving are a son, F. Ed (Missy) West of Sistersville; a
daughter, Tammy West Gunn of New Martinsville; three sisters,
Peggy (Ray) Estep of Proctor, W.Va., Bessie West Shuman of
Arizona, Edith Wagner of Ohio; six grandchildren, Andrew, Tim
and Bayli Johnson of New Martinsville, Kryceia Gunn of New
Martinsville, F.Wilson Lee West and Jessica May West of
Sistersville; also his beloved cat Smokey III.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his
loving wife, Linda Lou West on Feb. 12, 2010; four sisters,
Evelyn Lemasters, Ruth Ann Haught, Mary West and Betty Burns;
and two brothers, Jon Phillip West and James West.
Services may be held at a later dated at the convenience of the
Arrangements under the direction of CARE Funeral & Cremation
DOROTHY M. ARCHER
Dorothy M. Mallett Archer, 95, of
Monroe County Care Center, Woodsfield, formerly of
Carlisle, died Oct. 10, 2010 at the center. She was
born Nov. 10, 1914 near Carlisle, a daughter of the late Lawrence and Jennie
Friends will be received at St. Michael Catholic Church,
from 10 a.m. until time of mass at noon on Oct. 13, with Rev.
Fr. Thomas Hamm as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Michael
Arrangements by Brubach-Watters Funeral Home, Summerfield.
Dorothy Loreen Weckbacher, formerly of
Lowell, passed away at 10:50 pm on Oct.
9, 2010, at Marietta Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born on Sept. 30, 1925,
County, W. Va.,
a daughter of the late Arch Alonzo and Minnie Jane Blake Riffle.
She had been employed at American Bisque Pottery and was a
homemaker. She enjoyed making quilts, hand-quilting, working
jigsaw puzzles, canning garden vegetables and making soups. She
was an avid Cincinnati Reds fan and listened to their games on
radio and TV.
On Dec. 5, 1950, she married Wilbert Weckbacher who survives
with three sons and two daughters: Brenda K. (Mike) Rettke of
Bloomington, IL, Steven (Rose) Weckbacher of Beverly, Cindy
(George) Hollister of Comptche, CA, Ralph Weckbacher of Lowell,
William (Missy) Weckbacher of Lowell; grandchildren: Natalie
Weckbacher, Mason Weckbacher, both of Lowell, Paul and Victor
Hollister of Comptche, Calif., and great granddaughter:
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a
granddaughter Melissa Ann Weckbacher.
Friends were received Oct. 12 at the funeral home. Funeral
services were held on Oct. 13 at McClure-Schafer-Lankford
Funeral Home. On line condolences may be sent to the family