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October 14, 2010

Pyles 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 Monroe County. I graduated from River High School in 1980. I am 47 years old and have devoted my entire adult career to Monroe 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 Monroe County forward.

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 County forward! And remember, you cannot substitute government experience and leadership cannot be bought.

Secrest 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. Southeast Ohio 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


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Jerusalem UMC Bible School Children Donate to Warm the Children ~

During the five-night Bible school held this summer, children of the Jerusalem United Methodist Church collected change in a “flying saucer.” The money collected by the 45 children who attended Bible 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 School 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                            

Beallsville School Project Begun

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, respectively. 

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 2010 ~

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. Bridgeport 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 Ackerman

Around the Burnside   
A perfectionist is one who takes great pains, and gives them to other people.

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 and Guernsey 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 around.

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 Lewisville and 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.

Our Readers Write

Dear Editor,
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 outstanding job.

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.

Sasha Lawson
Powhatan Point 

Dear Editor,

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 Monroe 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.







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Martha Jane McIntire, 98, Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Woodsfield, died Oct. 5, 2010 at the Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation 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 Rehabilitation Center.

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 great-grandchildren.

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 three grandsons.

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
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, Ohio and was a U.S. 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 graveside services.  

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 family.

Arrangements under the direction of CARE Funeral & Cremation Service, Moundsville. 

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 Warner Mallett.

Friends will be received at St. Michael Catholic Church, Carlisle 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 Catholic Cemetery.

Arrangements by Brubach-Watters Funeral Home, Summerfield.

Dorothy Loreen Weckbacher 
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, in Orlando, Braxton 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: Annberlee Weckbacher.

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 at: www.mslfuneralhome.com