is Commissioner Candidate
by Jimmy Williams
Candidate for Commissioner
“I have more than 10 years of public service here, through the
Monroe County EMS System, the fairboard, and the sheriff’s
office,” said Jimmy Williams, candidate for
Although I’ve lived in Tennessee and
Arizona, I have lived most of my life in
“Thanks to the prayers of many friends and strangers, our
daughter Karley has overcome a life-threatening illness; that
experience has transformed my life and inspired me to do
whatever I can to make Monroe County
the best place to live, work and prosper. Children are our
future, they should have a future in
County, and it is my goal
to provide that future.
I have been a small businessman. My family and I opened Farmers
Feed and Supply. It has been sold, but is still in business in
Woodsfield. I started the Monroe County K-9 division that is
still operational today, and personally raised over $10,000 to
start that program. I was a country singer who opened for many
national acts, including Randy Travis, Conway Twitty, Reba
McIntire and Lee Greenwood. Took my country single to #63
nationally. I spoke and stood up for our coal industry in front
of 100,000 people in Washington, D.C.
at the Sept. 12 event this September. I am a born again
Christian, a member of the Woodsfield Church of Christ, and
count on the prayers of many fellow believers here in
“My vision for Monroe County: We would secure funding to support
or employ a County Economic Developer; We would start the
process to work with the State of Ohio Department of
Transportation to develop SR 7; We would start working to set up
a tax credit for businesses; We will start discussions with
major hospitals in the valley to see if any of them would be
willing to put a small bed 24-hour emergency room hospital/
quick care facility in the Woodsfield area; Have a three to five
year plan for the county; Stand up for our kids by going after
those delinquent real estate taxes by collecting $619,394.01 in
back taxes; stand up for the county by going to Columbus, and
Washington, D.C. to get what we deserve and bring it home; most
of all giving our government back to all the people, not just a
select few,” continued the candidate.
“I love this county. I cherish this opportunity. And I want to
have opportunity for everyone, not just the “cherished few,”
Vying for Representative
Submitted by Andy Thompson
Andy Thompson is a conservative Republican candidate for the
93rd District of Ohio.
He is the publisher of Bird Watcher’s Digest, a family-owned
business based in Marietta. He is currently
serving his third term on City Council where he has dedicated
himself to economic development, eliminating red tape,
bureaucratic consolidation, and fiscal restraint. At times
unpopular for his conservative views, Thompson is no stranger to
demanding fiscal discipline on council.
Thompson’s family traces its roots to
since the 1850s. After completing college and spending a few
years working for the Competitive Enterprise Institute in
D.C., Thompson and his wife and newborn
daughter returned to
where Andy worked for the family business.
Andy and Jade Thompson have been married for nearly 25 years and
have three children, ages 10, 18 and 20. Jade is a Spanish
teacher at Marietta High School.
Thompson is an active member of the Marietta Rotary Club and St.
Luke’s Lutheran Church. He is an avid golfer, musician
and reader. He is unabashedly conservative and a vocal
supporter of patriotic causes and the small business community.
He is also a proud concealed carry license holder and an active
member of Fort Harmar Rifle Club.
In February, Thompson was given the honor of giving the keynote
address at the League of Ohio Sportsmen annual banquet.
The National Federation of Independent Business, the Associated
Builders and Contractors, Ohio Right to Life, the Ohio State
Medical Association, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Farm
Bureau, the Ohio Society of CPAs and the Ohio Manufacturer’s
Association have endorsed Thompson in this race because of his
approach to limited government and his small business
Why Andy Thompson? Can you recall the last time you were
inspired by government? Neither can Thompson. What inspires
him are the triumphant tales of entrepreneurship, American
exceptionalism, and self-reliance. Thompson’s approach to
governance is simple: follow the roadmap our founding fathers
gave us, the most important element of which is limited
Thompson believes that government is most often the key to
mediocrity, if not failure. No matter the issue, when you
inject government into the equation you have lost the initiative
and the incentive to succeed. Government’s role is necessary but
limited to those things which individuals, families and
communities truly cannot accomplish for themselves.
He believes the solutions to most situations are best left to
local communities, individuals, families and businesses. Columbus
should not dictate the best solution for a situation suffered in Marietta or Medina.
Only those problems that call for a uniform statewide approach
should be addressed in
The principles that guide Thompson’s beliefs are the same
principles that our founders bestowed on our great nation: love
of God, country and family; limited government; states’ rights;
and respect for individual liberties.
The Beacon affords local candidates the opportunity to
introduce themselves to our readers.
During halftime festivities of the Monroe Central vs. Magnolia
football game Oct. 1, Monroe Central royalty was honored.
At a bonfire Thursday evening, Jonathan Muntz selected the
‘king’ card to wear the crown of the 2010 Monroe Central
Homecoming King. Others vying for the crown were king
candidates: Tye Dimmerling, son of Darren and Kathy Dimmerling
of Woodsfield; Brock Jones, son of lester and Lisa Jones of
Miltonsburg; Zac Lindemood, son of Todd and Shain Lindemood of
Woodsfield; and Tim Oxley, son of Mark Oxley and Mary Coulter of
Woodsfield; and Marcus Schumacher, son of Deana and Andy
Schumacher, also of Woodsfield.
Central 2010 Homecoming Queen ~
During halftime festivities of the Monroe Central vs. Magnolia
football game, Jennifer Hayes selected the golden rose to become
Monroe Central’s 2010 Homecoming Queen. She is the daughter of
Heath Hayes of Cambridge and Susan Huffman of Graysville. Photo
by Martha Ackerman
Jennifer Hayes, daughter of Heath Hayes of Cambridge and Susan
Huffman of Graysville, selected the golden rose Friday night to
become Monroe Central’s 2010 Homecoming Queen. Candidates
choosing red roses were: Emma Betts, daughter of Krystal Coleman
of Woods-field and Steven Betts; Lauren Harmon, daughter of Troy
and Bobbi Harmon of Graysville; Alexandra Kuhn, daughter of
Chris and Jodi Kuhn of Graysville; Elizabeth Schuer-man,
daughter of Rick and Teresa Schuerman of Woodsfield; and Melissa
Stimpert, daughter of Jodi and Troy Baker of Woodsfield and the
late Randy Stimpert.
Central 2010 Homecoming King ~
Jonathan Muntz chose the ‘king’ card to wear the crown of Monroe
Central’s 2010 Homecoming King. Jonathan is shown with his
parents, Robert and Sherry Muntz of Miltonsburg.
Photo by Haleigh Ackerman, MC Yearbook Staff
will be celebrating Homecoming 2011 Oct. 8 and 9. Candidates and
the court are shown, from left, are: seated: Ms. River
candidates Rachel Stewart, Kylie Brown, Erica Duvall, Jordan
Ramsay, Alexa Isaly; standing: freshman attendant Landyn Ramsay,
Mr. River candidates Tyler Stewart, Dillon Burnett, Zach
Wichterman, Jordan Potts, James West and junior attendant Taylor
Hill. Not shown is sophomore attendant Brittany Harrigan.
Photo by Martha Ackerman
River High Homecoming Set for Oct. 8 and 9
will celebrate homecoming festivities Oct. 8 and 9. The 2010 Ms.
River will be crowned at a halftime ceremony during the River
Ms. River candidates are Kylie Brown, daughter of Dana and
Sharon Brown; Erica Duvall, daughter of Doug and Mona Duvall;
Alexa Isaly, daughter of Rick and Carla Isaly; Jordan Ramsay,
daughter of Mike and Kenda Ramsay; Rachel Stewart, daughter of
Harry and Lori Stewart.
Mr. River candidates are Dillon Burnett, son of Ron and Jane
Lamp; Jordan Potts, son of Francis and Marla Potts; Tyler
Stewart, son of Danny and Stacy Stewart; James West, son of Dan
and Barb West; and Zach Wichterman, son of Dean and Pam
Attendants include freshman Landyn Ramsay, daughter of Mike and
Kenda Ramsay; sophomore Brittany Harrigan, daughter of James and
Rebecca Harrigan; and junior Taylor Hill, daughter of Joe and
The Homecoming Dance will be held Oct. 9, 7 to 10 p.m.
Blazing a Trail
for a Cure Car Show
time again for the third annual Blazing the Trail for a Cure Car
Show, which is set for Oct. 9 in the parking lot of the
Woodsfield Church of Christ, SR78 west of Woods-field. All
proceeds will benefit the Gas Cards for Cancer Patients program.
Registration begins at 10 a.m. and will continue until 1 p.m.
There is a registration fee. Dash plaques will be awarded to the
first 50 registrants. Kids 12 and under can enter their die cast
cars for a small entry fee. Many trophies will be awarded at 3
event includes a country store, refreshments, music, door
prizes, a 50/50 drawing Schwan’s Truckload Sale and food.
more information, contact Shirley Brown at 740-231-3079 or Anita
Howell at 740-359-8914.
Around the Burnside
Old age is like a car-paint can conceal the exterior, but the
lines reveal the age.
The misfortunes hardest to bear are those that never come.
Over the years, I’ve tried not to get involved in letters to the
editor while writing Around the Burnside. I do, however, because
I’ve let it be known how disappointed I was over the loss of our
FFA chapter. In fact, I mentioned it almost every week for a
time and still feel that way. A few of my thoughts ...
The school board hires teachers on recommendations of the
superintendent. Boards have been known not to follow the
The state department determines the certification of teachers.
The certification of certain vocational teachers is different
from a regular teacher. College courses are required to be
certified and to remain certified. If I remember correctly, we
had five programs in the shop area when Swiss Hills opened. Of
the 10 teachers, the second year only three of us had a college
I do not know how many or who applied for the Agricul-ture
Mechanics teacher at Swiss Hills. I do know that a young man was
selected for the job and is on the job. He is certified for the
job and is presently enrolled in OSU to retain and complete his
certification. The how or why, the selection of who gets the job
is really not my concern other than can they do the job. I can
have my own idea but that does not really matter.
Now the 15 days extended time has seemed to be a question. I
don’t know if it was a misunderstanding and was said to help
with required school courses. The 15 days are NOT to help with
college courses, but to carry out the work required for an
active FFA Chapter. FFA is an important and necessary part of
the agriculture education program. Extended days are allowed for
the summer program, not to help with needed college courses.
Fifteen days are a bare minimum to do the job and probably not
For example, when I taught at Skyvue, I was given 60 days plus
mileage. At Swiss Hills it was later changed to 30 days and no
mileage. Believe me I used all my days and sometimes more.
As I see it, and I know some will maybe disagree, what has
happened in the past I can do nothing about or can I change. I
like to look toward the future. A young man has been hired to
teach agriculture mechanics at Swiss Hills. He is certified and
enrolled in required courses at Ohio State.
I know for a fact he clearly understands what is expected of an
agriculture mechanics instructor and is willing to accept help
and suggestion if needed.
Right now I think the most important thing for our school system
is the passage of the renewal of the levy coming up for a vote
in November. It’s a vote for our youth in the county.
I was reminded how they can really cook chicken at Swiss Hills.
I just returned from their barbecue. It was well done.
While I was there, I took a tour of the shop area to bring back
memories. The agriculture mechanics lab (shop) was full of
equipment being worked on, the paint booth has been used and the
tool room has a good supply of tools hung neatly on the walls
and on the shelves. A fruit sale is planned in the near future
and broken, lost or stolen equipment is being replaced or
repaired. Starting to look like old times. It doesn’t happen
Okay, I’m off my soap box. I live in my own little world, but
it’s okay. Everyone knows me here.
Do you remember being told Sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs
bite? I’ve heard it several times although I never knew what a
bedbug was. I understand they are tough to get rid of. Not
having the experience of bedbugs, wonder if it compares to the
lice I used to get while cleaning out the chicken house. How I
hated that job. I guess the lice didn’t harm the chickens all
that much as we had eggs every morning and I really like fried
chicken. We didn’t think anything about harvesting a chicken,
scald it in hot water, pluck the feathers, prepare for cooking
and having a good chicken dinner. Talk about eating high on the
hog. I guess maybe it was worth putting up with the lice.
Think of what most of us miss doing now days. We can go to the
store, pick up a whole chicken or different parts of a chicken,
depending upon our tastebuds, take it home and fix it the way we
want. On the other hand, if we don’t want to mess around this
way, we can go to KFC and buy the chicken parts we want, chomp
away and not really do anything but eat. Think of all the fun we
miss out on. No more cotton pickin chicken pluckin.
I almost forgot. I read where
is one of the top states with bedbug infestation. Quite an
Remember: Gratitude is always the right attitude also attending
church is a good habit.
Please post this note as a warning to all
Belmont, Monroe and
County subscribers who
have recently been approached for leasing their acreage for
drilling of the Marcellus Shale gas. The land men are working
these and other counties, while in many instances, practically
stealing the valuable leases for "O" to 100 dollars per acre,
when that is only a fraction of their value
Having been a student of the Marcellus Shale Gas areas of five
states for quite some time, as well as extensive experience in
contract creation, execution and interpretation, I suggest
residents form their own community groups or get help from
persons like myself. If you have any questions, please feel free
to contact me at 740.458.1771.
Three weeks ago, a land man leased acreage from a couple in
their nineties for "0" dollars per acre and that is ROBBERY.
That little situation is now in the hands of a Belmont County
Attorney, according to my sources in neighboring
County. Likewise, I have
heard recent horror stories of utterly ridiculous offerings from
25 to 40 to 100 dollars per acre.
This is a Wake Up Call to talk to your neighbors and get
educated on what your leasing acreage may be worth, as well as
how to properly secure equally fair compensation for same via
formulation of neighboring landowner groups with contiguous
acreage block values.
Rodger "RL" Burgess
To the Editor,
In the small town of
Sardis, there is a little preschool known
as Sardis Head Start. The whole community wonders what is going
on at this preschool. The Sardis Head Start of GMN Tri-County
Community Action was opened in 2005. From 2005-2010 there have
been four managers, five center directors, seven teachers and
several other staff changes.
One center director was in the Monroe County Beacon last year
and received a Step Up to Quality Award in the amount of $5,000
and this year as a teacher she was terminated? Why?
Who is investigating the cause of all these resignations and
terminations? In a community with so much unemployment, how can
this be positive? This is a school that is a federally funded
program. How much money is being spent on retraining and taken
from these children’s education?
The mission statement, is “GMN strives to stimulate and
encourage opportunities which enhance conditions for which
people live, learn and work through public service and
assistance.” Is this true in
Sardis? How is this affecting the
children at the Sardis Head Start? Is this stability for these
children and a safe environment? How is this affecting the
students at this school? A community wonders ...
Classifieds - 2nd page
ROBERT E. YOUNG
Robert E. Young, 71, of
34719 Spence Hill Road, Graysville,
died upon arrival Oct. 3, 2010 at the
He was born in Miltonsburg, on June 10, 1939, a son of the late
Lewis Oscar and Margaret Schaub Young.
He was a retired employee for the Ohio State Department of
Liquor Control, Woodsfield, and former owner/operator of Robert
E. Young Memorials, Woodsfield, and was a former employee of
Dailey Monuments, Akron. He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ,
Woodsfield, and was a U.S. Army Veteran. He enjoyed farming and
Surviving are his wife, Eleanor Taylor Young whom he married on
Feb. 22, 1988; two sons: David (Loretta) Heath of Congress,
Ohio, Michael Young of Woodsfield, two daughters: Kim (Tony)
Presti of Lowell, Terri Young of Columbus, one step-daughter,
Trina Cecil of Columbus, one step-son, Aaron (Kelly) Cecil of
Middlebourne, W.Va., four grandsons, one great- granddaughter,
one step-granddaughter; a sister Janet Sue (Mark) Martinka of
Columbus; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his
first wife, Virginia Ann Workman Young in 1979; one brother,
Donald Young; and one sister, Juanita Stalder.
Friends were received at Watters Funeral Home Oct. 5,
Woodsfield, where funeral and military services were held at 1
p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6 with Rev. Frank Lehosky officiating.
Inurnment will be held at the convenience of the family at the Miltonsburg Cemetery, Miltonsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bethel-Graysville EMS
c/o Ramona Weckbacher, 39483 TR 297,
Lewisville, Ohio 43754
or to the Miltonsburg Cemetery Association, c/o David Lande-feld, 49890 Keylor Hill Rd., Woodsfield, Ohio 43793.
Ethel Datkuliak Ramser, of German Hill, Powhatan
Point, died Oct. 1, 2010 in Columbus, at the home of
her daughter Justine.
She was born Sept. 8, 1913 in Bramwell, W.
Va., a daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Wasco
She was a member of St. John United Church of Christ.
Surviving are three children: Elizabeth Stouffer, Justine Ramser
and Glenna Texler; two brothers: Elmer and
Clyde Edwin; six grandchildren, seven
great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
In addition to her parents, Ethel was preceded in death by her
husband Ralph in 2000, two brothers: George and John, four
sisters: Ellen, Mary, Elsie, Clara and Edith and a foster
daughter, Rosetta Drown.
Friends were received on Oct. 5 at the Bauknecht Altmeyer
Funeral Homes and Crematory, 186 Main Street,
Powhatan Point, until time of services at 1 p.m. Oct. 6 at St.
John United Church of Christ,
51705 German Ridge Road, Powhatan
Point, with Rev. Carla Wobschall officiating.
Burial followed in
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John United Church of
Christ. Online condolences may be extended to the family
CLARENCE E. EVANS
Clarence E. Evans, 79, of New Matamoras, died Oct. 3,
2010, at Marietta Memorial Hospital. He was born March 12, 1931
in Monroe County,
Ohio, a son of the late Richard and
Della Bruce Evans.
He was retired from Corning Glass Works in
City, W. Va., a veteran of the Korean
War and a member of the
He is survived by a daughter: Kathy (Glen) Schwaben of Sardis; a
brother, Orvel Evans of New Matamoras; a grandson, Joshua
Dalrymple, of Woodsfield, a granddaughter, Vicki Morris, of
Colorado Springs, Colorado; two great-grandsons, Cameron and
Cole Morris, of Colorado; one great-granddaughter, Kjersten
Morris, of Alabama; and a great-great-grandson, Benthey Kale, of
Alabama; and several nieces, nephews and in-laws.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife
of 57 years, Louise Ritchie Evans, on May 26, 2009; one sisters:
Gladys Evans Koher; four brothers: Ralph, Kenneth, Warren and
Friends were received at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, 100 S. Paul St., Woodsfield, on Oct. 5
where funeral services were held Oct. 6, with Pastor Anthony
McSwords officiating. Interment in East Lawn Memorial Park,
Military services were conducted by the Belmont Veterans
Condolences can be expressed online at: www.bauerturner.com
James (Jim ‘Toad’) Conger, 86, of Woodsfield, passed
away Oct. 1, 2010 at the Woodsfield Nursing and
Center . He was born in
Woodsfield Dec. 18, 1923, a son of the late Simon William and
Nellie Lowe Conger.
He was a carpenter and a laborer.
He is survived by six sons: John Conger of Donnerville, James (Geanie)
Conger of Woodsfield; Henry, David and Ike Conger, all of
Woodsfield, and Everett Conger of California; one brother:
Denzel (Eileen) Conger of Canton, and one sister Rosemary
Conger Jones of Barnesville; several grandchildren and several
He was preceded in death by his wife Becky Parks Conger of
almost 49 years of marriage; a son Robert Conger,
and a daughter Annabelle Hupp, two brothers Edward, and Charles
Conger and a sister Betty Dodd.
At the request of the family memorial contributions may be made
to Bauer-Turner Funeral Home,
100 S. Paul St.,
43793. There will be
no visitation. Arrangements by the Bauer-Turner
Funeral Home Woods-field. www.bauerturner.com
WILLIAM P. MORRISON
William P. “Bill” Morrison, 90, of 39114 T.R. 293a, Lower Salem,
died Oct. 3, 2010 at the Marietta Nursing and
He was born at
Valley on Sept. 19, 1920,
a son of the late John and Eliza Dillon Morrison.
Bill was a retired custodian for the Switzerland of Ohio School
District at the former
Skyvue High School near Graysville and was a
U.S. Army veteran of WWII. He was a Protestant by faith and a
member of the American Legion Post No. 0888, Columbus.
Surviving are two daughters: Donna Reynolds of
W.Va. and Sue (Philip) Carpenter of Quaker
City; two sons: Paul Morrison and friend Debbie Stellfox of
Lower Salem, and Roger (Myrna) Morrison of Lower
Salem; nine grandchildren; six
great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; and several
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his
wife, Martha McConnell Morrison on June 24, 2004; two sisters:
Elizabeth Franks and Nyla Warren; four brothers: James, Charles,
Chauncey, and Wilbert Morrison; a daughter-in-law, Teresa Guiler
Morrison and a son-in-law, Ronald Reynolds.
Friends will be received at the Watters Funeral Home, 37501 S.R.
78 West, Woodsfield, from 2-8 p.m. Oct. 7 where funeral services
will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 8 with Rev. Gary Fitzgerald
officiating. Burial will follow in the Creighton Ridge
Cemetery near Sycamore Valley, Ohio.
Memorial contributions may be made to the
Community Center, c/o Irene Clift,
31001 Little Injun Rd., Lower Salem, Ohio 45745.