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Sept. 11, 2008 Edition
Beallsville High Homecoming Candidates and Attendants ~
Beallsville High School Homecoming
Queen and Candidates will be featured at the 2008 homecoming festivities set
for Friday, Sept. 12. The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the coronation
scheduled for 7 p.m. The young lady who selects the blue rose will be
crowned Beallsville’s 2008 Homecoming Queen prior to the Beallsville vs.
Bishop Donahue football game set for 7:30 p.m. Queen candidates and
attendants are, from left: sophomore attendant Alyssa Tavoletti, daughter of
Michael and Nina Tavoletti; queen candidate Mariah Marley, daughter of John
and Marilyn Marley; queen candidate Kristin Lallathin, daughter of Michael
and Chrystal Lallathin; junior attendant Morgan Roberts, daughter of Mike
and Beth Roberts; queen candidate Alyssa Headley, daughter of Don and Ruth
Headley; queen candidate Erika McFrederick, daughter of Mel and Yvonne
McFrederick; queen candidate Brandy Contos, daughter of Bruce and Margie
Contos; and freshman attendant Kaylee Sefert,
daughter of Bruce and Amanda Sefert.
Photo Courtesy of Brenda Lloyd, Beallsville High
Summit Township, Lewisville Awarded $300,000 Grant
by Arlean Selvy
There was a pause for applause as
Monroe County commissioners waded through a stack of paperwork and received
some good news at their Sept. 2 meeting.
News came via Mary Jo West-fall, OSU
Extension, that the Summit Township, Lewisville CDBG Distress Grant
application has been approved by the Ohio Department of Development.
The FY 2008 grant dollars will be
• Windows and gym floor replacement
in the community center;
• Repave basketball court and install
playground equipment and picnic pavilion
• New parking lot near community
• New fire truck for Lewisville VFD;
• Pave two Lewisville streets;
• Sidewalks in Lewisville;
• Culverts on township roads.
In other business, commissioners met
with Tom Scott, workforce, economic developer; Dean Gramlich, CIC president;
and Larry Merry and Bill Morgan of the Belmont County Port Authority.
Discussion concerned an income tax known as JEDD, Joint Economic Development
District, and the possibility of initiating the tax in Monroe County.
According to Merry, all revenue
generated by the tax would be shared by the government entities, such as
county, villages and townships, involved and only those entities willing to
participate would do so. By the same token, only the taxpayers of the
entities participating would pay the tax. The revenue, also shared by the
entities, would help create an environment for new business, new jobs and
“Everyone must be in agreement and
work together to make it work,” said Merry. He noted a contract, a document
saying ‘we’re all on the same team now.’ would be signed.
It was noted that residents of
Woodsfield already paying a village income tax would not pay an additional
The idea, used in Belmont
County, was brought to commissioners by Tom Scott.
In other matters, County Auditor
Pandora Neuhart and Prosecuting Attorney Lynn Riethmiller asked
commissioners for their vote on Ohio Township’s request for a larger share
of Local Government Funds (LGF).
Ohio Township has been receiving $500
in LGF for several years because of the tax revenue provided by Ormet. After
Ormet’s reduction in taxes, the township continued to receive only $500. On
a motion by Board President John Pyles, commissioners voted unanimously to
accept the township and readjust their LGF amount to $2,500 a year.
Lida Conn, mayor in Clarington, was
appointed to the Workforce Investment Act board. The WIA Board will
hold meetings on Sept. 16 and 17 in Marietta.
Officials also signed a revised
Letter of Condition to be submitted for a $200,000 Appalachian Regional
Commission grant. If awarded to the county, monies will be used for an E-911
Location-Based Response System.
Also attending the meeting was
Cameron resident Mark Ady who asked commissioners about leasing property
bordering his. He explained he did not accept the flood mitigation buyout
and does not want his property “surrounded by weeds and snakes and rats”.
Since the county will own the land purchased through the mitigation process,
commissioners indicated they should be able to lease to him. Pyles said
officials will do nothing with the land until the mitigation process is
Sardis Area Gas Customers Lose Service Effective Oct.
by Arlean Selvy
Knox Energy Cooperative Association,
North Canton, will terminate natural gas delivery to about 81
customers along SR7 and CR-11S (Joe Frobish Road) effective Oct. 1. “We have
no choice” said David Eigel of Knox Energy.
Five years ago, K.A. Brown purchased
a gasline and leased it to Knox Energy to deliver natural gas from his
wells. Brown could not deliver the gas because he is not a public utility.
According to Eigel, “[Brown] decided
he does not want to continue to provide gas service” and terminated the
lease with Knox.
“We had no choice but to end our
services,” said Eigel, noting he went to the Public Utilities Commission and
explained the situation. As a result, the PUCO contacted Dominion Gas and
Columbia Gas to extend lines to the affected households.
According to a fax transmission from
Kelly Mabra, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, “The natural gas producer
(Brown) that provides gas to Knox Energy Cooperative has decided to end his
lease with Knox.” According to the PUCO letter: “The good news is that
Dominion is taking 47 of the customers on the south end and Columbia is
taking 24 on the north end of the line along SR7.”
“The bad news is that there are 10
customers that will not be served by either company,” she wrote. Those
residents live on Joe Frobish Road. According to Mabra, it would cost too
much for the gas companies to run gas to the 10 homes.
Eigel, noting the distance and
terrain involved with regard to running a gasline, said it would cost
millions of dollars to run a line to the 10 households.
As a result of the termination,
owners of the 10 homes must convert to propane or another source of heat.
Asked about the cost to convert to
propane, Eigel said most furnaces can be converted fairly easily by changing
the burner tip. He noted, however, the cost depends on the appliances used
in the home.
Although the conversion will be
costly, CR-11S resident Ron Harman said he couldn’t blame Brown for
terminating the contract with Knox.
Harman and Joe Ritchie, representing
residents of CR-11S, submitted a letter to county commissioners Sept. 2
about the gas service as well as issues concerning water and roads.
The letter, signed by 16 individuals, explains, “Our taxes, since 1980,
include a paved road which obviously does not exist.” Residents feel the
road should be maintained since they are paying the tax.
According to Denise Stone-king of the
county auditor’s office, tax value is based on the type of road, whether
county, township or state, rather than if it is paved or unpaved.
Stoneking said individuals with
questions about their taxes are welcome to contact her at the courthouse.
Concerning the issue of water, the
letter contends that county water has been extended six miles from the last
home in Monroe County to Washington County. Ron Harman told commissioners
CR-11S is two miles long and water has not been extended to the 14 residents
there. He suggested it could be feasible to run both water and gas lines at
the same time. He said the Dominion Gas line, the water line and the
road all stop at the same location - two miles away. “You fall off the edge
of the earth right there,” he laughed.
Harman also noted a culvert, as well
as chip and seal, are needed on the road.
John Pyles, commission president,
said he will make some telephone calls about the gasline.
Concerning water, Pyles said he spoke
with Jim Murray, Monroe Water System, about the matter. Pyles indicated the
water lines were installed based on a feasibility study. He asked Harman if
everyone on the road would purchase water if it became available. Harman
said he could “... pretty much guarantee it.” He said some people have bad
water and others have none.
Pyles said he will go to Monroe Water
System about “two or three areas we know about and see what their outlook is
as far as extensions.” Accord-ing to Pyles, Murray told him the water board
is looking at some small spurs off the main water line which is located on
Pyles will speak with Lonnie Tustin,
county engineer, about the culvert and road conditions on CR-11S.
Alao attending the meeting was Eugene
Schmidt from near Brownsville. He inquired about getting water to nine
residents who live about a mile-and-a-half away from the Monroe Water
Hyde For Your Ryde Opens
Kosmos and J.R. Garrett have opened a new business in Monroe County. Hyde
For Your Ryde, located on Lewisville Road, across from Dick’s Service
Center, features quality leather apparel, motorcycle gear and collectible
Zippo lighters at competitive prices. They also offer custom airbrushing,
pinstriping and upholstering.
Photo by Martha Ackerman
by Martha Ackerman
A new and different business has
opened in Woodsfield. A small, locally owned company, Hyde For Your Ryde,
offers quality leather apparel and motorcycle gear at competitive prices.
J.R. Garrett and Chrystal Kosmos own
the business and also offer custom airbrushing and pin striping. “We can
airbrush anything with a surface,” said Kosmos.
They also carry collectible Zippo
lighters at affordable prices. “They are a good investment,” said Garrett.
According to the owners, the newly
opened business, located at 741 Lewisville Road in Woodsfield, has already
attracted customers from outside the area. “No one gets close to our
prices,” said Garrett.
With just setting up the new
business, inventory is low, but over 1,000 items are available from
catalogs. In addition to motorcycle gear, motocross equipment and helmets,
safety goggles, sunglasses, racing gloves and boots in adult and kids’ sizes
can be ordered. There are even a number of fashion jackets for men and women
available for order.
Another aspect of the business is
custom upolstering. They can do motorcycle seats, tractor seats, ATV and car
and truck seats.
A 10 percent discount is being
offered to police, fire and emergency personnel.
For more information on Hyde For Your
Ryde, call 740-509-3279 or log onto:
Hyde For Your Ryde is open Monday
thru Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
by Arlean Selvy
A resolution to seek funding was
adopted Sept. 2 by Woodsfield Council members, who also approved the
transfer of a liquor permit and change of property from residential to
On a motion by Council-woman Carol
Hehr, a resolution authorizing Mayor Bill Bolon to prepare and submit an
application to participate in the Ohio Public Works State Capital
Improvement program was adopted on a 4-0 vote. Councilman Paul
Byers was absent and Council President Vernon Henthorn was acting mayor in
the absence of Mayor Bolon.
According to the resolution, the
village plans to make improvements to the Water Treatment Plant, which is
considered a priority need for the community. The mayor was further
authorized to enter into any agreements necessary for obtaining the
Council agreed to allow the transfer
of a carryout permit from Jackson’s News and Variety to the BP Station. No
hearing will be scheduled for the transfer.
A petition submitted at a prior
meeting to rezone property at 342 South Main Street from residential to
business was approved. The property includes a duplex structure and is owned
by Tom Dick.
Council hired Debbie Yontz to work in
the utility office. She had been working as a temporary part-time
employee and is now a permanent part-time employee.
Hehr reported “great comments” about
the Big 10 channel and commended Jeff Woodell for getting the channel
launched in time for the OSU game.
A tree on Eastern Avenue that hinders
the view of motorist at the Mor For Less store was reported by Councilwoman
Pauline Delbrugge. “The trees need care,” she said, noting there are bag
worms in one of them. Delbrugge asked who is supposed to care for the trees,
the village or the Kiwanis Club, which had them planted.
Hehr, a member of Kiwanis, said she
will inquire at the next Kiwanis meeting.
Council meets the first and third
Monday of each month.
Festival Events Planned
by Arlean Selvy
Parades, workshops, carriage rides,
carolers and candy canes. If it’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas -
you’re on the right page.
The Woodsfield Christmas Festival
Committee is lining up holiday activities for the county seat - for all
countians to enjoy.
Special activities planned by
businesses should be reported to a Christmas Festival Committee member: Ruth
Workman, 740-838-1047 or 472-5499 at work; Sally Seidler, 472-5256; or
Margie Yoss, 472-5484. The committee hopes to place all activities in
its advertising information.
The third annual event will kick-off
Dec. 5 with a Christmas Dinner/Dance sponsored by the Monroe County Chamber
of Commerce at the Moose Lodge.
The Dec. 6 activities begin with Breakfast with Santa and conclude with a
Christmas Concert featuring the Monroe Singers at the Woodsfield United
Many activities are already scheduled
for the hours between breakfast and the concert. There will be a craft show
at the courthouse, Santa’s workshop at the First Baptist Church,
carriage rides, barrel rides, Christmas Carolers, holiday characters handing
out candy canes and, of course, the Christmas Parade.
The parade will leave Woods-field
Elementary at 6 p.m. and continue down Main Street to the City Park at about
Ruth Workman, festival committee,
expressed her appreciation to Woodsfield Garden Club. who members plan to
help decorate the village.
According to Workman, plans are
underway to place a Christ-mas display in City Park so citizens may drive
the park circle to enjoy the decorations. She noted also that a live
Nativity scene is slated to set up in front of the Monroe Theatre, located
opposite the courthouse on the square.
The committee is encouraging the
business community to join the window decorating contest. A plaque for the
best window will be awarded prior to the parade.
Businesses are also encouraged to
take part in festivities by offering cookies, hot chocolate, coffee,
cider or other treat during the Woodsfield Christmas Festival.
Deck the Halls, Walls, and Table
silent auction fundraiser will be held to raise funds for needy
families. Items such as Christmas wreaths, table decorations and table top
trees are donated by businesses and community members. The items will be on
display at the chamber of commerce to bid on and also to vote for the best
wreath, table decoration, or decorated tree. Awards are given in each
Persons wishing to help with the
festival or donate items, may contact Workman, Seidler or Yoss.
MILDRED B. CHRISTMAN
Mildred B. “Midge” Christ-man, 98,
205 Roy St., Woodsfield, died Sept. 1, 2008, at Monroe County Care Center,
Woodsfield. She was born July 13, 1910 in Lewisville, a daughter of the late
Winfield and Mary Jeanette Burkhart Dearth and was reared by the late David
and Rosetta Stimpert. Online condolences may be expressed
IMOGENE L. DRAKE
Imogene L. Drake, 82, Graysville,
died Sept. 6, 2008, at her home. She was born Nov. 1, 1925 in Washington
County, a daughter of the late Walter and Clara Smith Lauer.
Online condolences can be expressed online at:
DONALD L. HENDERSHOT
Donald L. Hendershot, 78, 219 Holiday
Ave., Woodsfield, died Sept. 2, 2008 at Woodsfield Nursing and
Rehabilitation Center, Woodsfield. He was born Jan. 3, 1930 near Malaga, a
son of the late Harvey and Louise Leach Hendershot.
Online condolences may be expressed at: www.wattersfuneralhome.com
Thousands of men and women have died
for our freedom and currently thousands are in Iraq continuing the fight and
as a veteran of the United States Marine Corp (USMC) all I ask is for one
flag to be flying at Beallsville High School. Since I’ve come home from USMC
I have noticed that the flag is not displayed on the flag pole on Veteran’s
Day and now it is not being displayed at sporting events, such as the
football game on Aug. 22, 2008. On Veteran’s Day 2003 I contacted
Beallsville High School to determine why the flag was not displayed on
Veteran’s Day. I spoke with the Athletic Director and I was told no one was
there to put it up because they were off. I then explained why the school
was off that day, which is for honoring veterans. I was told to contact the
principal and he ended up going up to the school and displaying the flag.
When the flag was not displayed at the football game on Aug. 22, the
Athletic Director was asked why there was
no flag displayed for the National Anthem and he did not have an answer.
As a veteran and a citizen of the
United States why should I have to call and ask for the flag to be displayed
on Veteran’s Day? This is something that should be done automatically,
without having to be told or asked to do so. The flag is important and
should be displayed proudly and properly. What happened to the importance of
patriotism? In 2004 The Moving Vietnam Wall was displayed at Beallsville
High School. Beallsville had the most men lost per capita in the United
States in the Vietnam War. I’m sure their families understand the meaning of
the flag as well as I do. All six men graduated from Beallsville High School
and the flag should be displayed for them and all veterans who gave their
lives for the freedoms we have. Patriotism should be important to everyone.
Everyone should understand what the United States flag stands for and
represents. It is upsetting to see that Beallsville High School will take
much more time getting the football
field ready and not find any time to display a flag properly for citizens
to honor as the National Anthem is sung. What kind of example are we setting
for out children? Are sporting events and extra curricular activities more
important than patriotism?
Theodore J. Bommer - Semper Fi, Beallsville
Wise people don’t make a show of their
knowledge, but fools broadcast their folly.
Work hard and become a leader; be
lazy and become a slave.
Before I forget it, a couple of days
went by in August and today that received very little attention.
They were Aug. 14 when Japan surrendered and Sept. 2 when Japan
signed the formal surrender. Believe me, these were happy days for
us. We were getting prepared to invade Japan. I probably would not
be sitting here writing Around the Burnside had this not happened.
As a result I was able to spend six enjoyable months in Japan. When
they learned we were not the monsters they thought we were, and we
found out they were not the monsters we thought, we could enjoy our
stay. I even got to ride horses in Japan. Doesn’t seem possible but
this was 63 years ago, two years out of high school.
Well, the Olympics are over and I can
watch other things including OSU football. I enjoyed watching most
of the games including beach volleyball. I read a couple of
questions regarding the women’s beach volleyball. (1) If the girls
would wear a top covering everything would there be as many men
watching? (2) Do the women playing beach volleyball own any other
I did not care as our news media kept
telling us what a great place China was and how much work they put
into the Olympics.
In the last issue of Sports
Illustrated Selena Roberts brought it more into reality.
“Duct tape is the official tool of
the Beijing games illusionists. In neat strips the size of
Band-aids, it is directly stretched over manufacturers’ names on
hundreds of urinals and soap dispensers, fire alarms and
thermostats. Any logo outside the Olympic Corporate family - that
means you, American Standard toilets is hidden beneath the sticky
stuff. China right now is a government by duct tape.”
“-but many of us cannot help but be
suckers for splendor. China knows this. It has us just where it
wants us, so rapt by the glorious Olympic games that we do not see
Sometimes we, including myself, get
caught up in the start of football season. We tend to forget cross
country, volleyball, and soccer during the fall season. The newest
is soccer. The Monroe Central soccer team is an example. They are
off to a great start. I think I read they were off to a 4-0 start.
This is great, only one win last year.
I will admit I do not get very
excited watching a soccer game. A couple of reasons, I know nothing
about it and I have no one involved. I take that back. I had a
great-granddaughter several years ago participate. I went to watch a
practice one evening and nearly froze my -- that was it.
Don't get the wrong idea; soccer is a
great game for our youth. Believe me, you need to be in tip top
shape to run as much as soccer players do during a game. Go Monroe
Central Soccer team! We’re rootin’ for you.
Ok, I will admit I did get a tink
excited watching a rerun of the OSU men’s soccer team playing for
the national championship. They lost. (I thought I was watching the
Just think, in a little over two
months we won’t get to watch those stupid political ads on tV and we
can settle in on the other stupid ads. I don’t know about you but I
buy very little of the things advertised on TV.
The school facility plan for our
district is finally out in the open for every one to see. Now the
problem is to work out many of the details.
Right or wrong the plan appears to
perhaps satisfy all areas of the county. Each area had a chance to
develop its suggestions and plans. Esther and I attended some of the
The big drawback to the plan is the
amount of dollars required to carry out the plan. Changes by the
state have cut the county’s share considerably; plus, the building
of the facilities can take place over a period of time. Does this
mean taxes are increased as the building takes place or do we start
paying the total millage from the very first? I assume all of this
will be explained as time goes on.
This brings up another thing. Let’s
say the issues passes. Who decides where the building program
starts? Can our county work together enough to work this out to
satisfy all? Maybe this could be decided before the vote?
I plan to vote for the plan when it
comes up for a vote. I’ve never voted against a school levy or bond
issue. After all, our youth are the most important thing in our
county. They deserve our help.
The football season is well underway.
Beallsville is keeping their streak alive and River is starting on a
winning note. Monroe Central has been playing good football, but as
with life, little things can happen and change the outcome. The
Monroe County super bowl will be interesting to watch. Those of you
who follow football already know what happened.
The Monroe Central Band is also on
the way back. Give them time. I enjoy the bands at the games as much
as the game. Even on TV when I watch the Ohio State Band (TBDBITL)
come on to the field I cannot describe my feeling. Go Bucks!
Not like a school, several miles
west, new coach, a coach for each part of the team, new lights for
the football field, and a pep band in the stands.
Will Rogers once said, “I don’t make
jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.”
Did you just think about attending
Bible readings: (Mon.) Hosea 11:1-9;
(Tues.) John 1:10-14; From I Corinthians (Wed.) 1:26-31; (Thurs.)
12;4-13; (Fri.) 12:14-27; (Sat.) Colossians 1:9-14 - Matthew