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Sept. 17, 2009

Woodsfield Decides on New Location for Street Garage

by Arlean Selvy

With two new schools to be located on Airport Road, it was necessary for the village of Woodsfield to decide on a new site for the street department’s garage. That decision was made at the Sept. 8 meeting of village council, which also garnered information concerning a proposed controlled deer hunt within the village corporation.

Clearing has been done at the village’s sub-station and council agreed to move the street department’s garage to that location. According to Jeff Woodell, village administrator, several locations were viewed and this appeared to be the best site.

Woodell reported the moving of dirt for the new schools is expected to begin the end of September. 

In another matter, Woodell read a letter from the Ohio Department of Transportation concerning the speed limit on SR78 West that will pass the site for the new school.

ODOT, after a study, determined the speed limit will be 45 mph. Council passed a resolution making the limit 45 within the village west of the Pamida entrance. The speed limit from Pamida east will be 35 mph through the outlying area of Woodsfield.  

Brian Postlewait, area supervisor, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, spoke to council concerning controlled deer hunts. Councilman Bill Moore also provided information.

According to Postlewait, ODNR laws are already set and the village would have to pass an ordinance allowing the hunt. Hunters would still have to abide by ODNR regulations.

He noted that Marietta has an ordinance allowing the hunt and said their program has been successful.

The village is looking into holding a hunt due to complaints that deer are causing damage to vegetation on properties within the village limits. 

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Rare National Currency History

Gary Ricer, local coin and currency collector, shows his prized collection of national bank currency as well as other rare currency he has collected over the last 30 years. 

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer

In the August 20, 2009 Beacon was a bit of history of Beallsville Bank currency. The bills and photo of the First National Bank of Beallsville were submitted by Beallsville resident, Stephen Prichard.

Some of the history was presented from the Monroe County: A History by Stanley and Theresa Maienknecht.

Local resident and coin and currency collector Gary Ricer brought in more bills and a little information on the history of the currency printed with the names of local banks.

“Mr. Prichart’s $5 and $10 Beallsville paper money is categorized as ‘National Cur-rency.’ Produced from 1863 to 1935, there were large size bills referred to as horseblankets from Civil War times up to 1923 and small size nationals, which were the same size as today’s paper money,” said Ricer.

“Produced by the U.S. Government and issued to local ‘National Banks,’ all small town Bank Nationals are rare. At the time, the federal government’s logic of issuing paper money printed with local bank names was simple: public trust, confidence and stability.

“The $5 and $10 Beallsville currency submitted to the Beacon has a charter number of 7025 indicating they were produced in 1903, the same year Harley Davidson Motor Company was created.

“In reference to Standard Catalog to National Bank Notes, these two bills have a rarity number “6,” the highest rarity of which only 0-2 notes were produced.

“The National Banks in Monroe County, whose towns appeared on National Cur-rency are: Beallsville, Claring-ton, Lewisville, Monroe, Sardis and Woodsfield. All are rare in any condition,” said Ricer, noting that Lewisville is the most rare.

Ricer has the only known complete set of Woodsfield notes–$5, $10 and $20–as only two were produced of each. “It took me close to 30 years to acquire just these three pieces. I also have a $10 large size National Woodsfield note, charter number 5414, which was produced in 1900. The small size notes are even more rare than the large ones.

“For safety, I keep all of these bills in a bank vault, not in my home,” added Ricer.

He also brought in a rare, consecutively serial numbered 1923 $1 silver certificate collection of three in gem crisp, uncirculated condition. They came directly from the old Monroe Bank in Woodsfield, Ricer noted.  “I purchased them in the 1980s from the late Roy Landefeld’s estate.” 


Our Readers Write

Dear Editor,

What is a dog pound? Wonder how many folks really know what a dog pound is? I, personally, didn’t. I knew it was a place where unwanted dogs were taken. What happened to them after that never really entered my mind. They were just “unacceptable” dogs. Then I went to our dog pound out of curiosity. Was I surprised!

Our little Monroe County dog pound sort of looks from the outside like a kindergarten, with painted colorful pictures, and a little blooming garden at the entrance. I could hear the inmates as we got out of the car. All those doggy voices seemingly greeting me with “Hi…Glad to see you!” tails wagging. They were all so beautiful. Chocolate labs, adorable schnauzers, chubby beagles, hunting hounds, puppies…some mixes I have never seen before.

They were all in clean pens, and had been bathed, de-flead and each had their own blanket and toy. Now, how do you suppose all that got there? Well, by the care and nurturing of Dog Warden Ronda Piatt who has been there working with these babies for 14 years. She has a few helpers that wash the dog dishes, launder the blankets, clean, feed and water, and even make sure the guys get to go out on leashes to exercise. They are all very  caring caregivers and they do it all on a shoestring, often giving their own funds to help out the cause.

How do these babies get there? Some are abandoned by their owners. Some owners had lost their job. Some owners became too ill to care for their four-legged friend. Others passed on with only their pet to survive them. Many were reluctantly turned over because of circumstances they couldn’t control.

However they got there, most are terrified, sad, everything familiar gone, loved ones gone and they are left there to deal with it all. I imagine all the unfamiliar dogs there barking really frightens them too. That’s where the caregivers take over welcoming them, quieting their fears, and giving them a clean place to sleep, plenty to eat and drink, a warm blanket, and a toy of their own. Not to mention a lot of assurance that it will all be ok.

These women really do care about every one of these babies. There are some that are so traumatized by losing their familiar homes and being left in a strange scary place. Ronda, Cheryl and Myrna soon quiet the new arrival with soothing words, and a loving touch. The job these women do is awesome. They really love what they do.

It’s a struggle day to day though, as there is never enough money for the supplies they need. Food, Clorox to keep the pens clean. the laundry soap for bedding, shampoo for the baths, and dish soap for the dishes used for feed and water. Many times the women pool their own money to cover these expenses and for treats, collars, and leashes used for exercise the dogs.

There are some dogs that come in that have been abused and neglected. These little guys often need special care and a longer time to fit in.

I pray all the wonderful people of Monroe County who love animals such as dogs, would at least once a month donate a bag of dog food, that blanket that you were going to put in the yard sale, a bottle of bleach, or perhaps even that old stuffed toy that your child is tired of. I know it would mean so very much.

The pound is a county project. A wonderful place for these precious animals that have nowhere to go. You could do so much to make a difference and help these caring people who look after these helpless ones. Ronda has been a caregiver for 14 year and does wonders with what little she has to work with. She really does care for these dogs.

There are also a few adorable puppies there, pregnant females who were abandoned when the owners couldn’t deal with it. Sort of the ultimate abandonment. Please … please have your pets spayed or neutered. All pets adopted from the pound are spayed or neutered, and are all up to date on their shots as well. Isn’t that wonderful?

Then there are those dogs that come to the pound that are too sick, too old, or that have been so abused and traumatized by their life experience that they are beyond help. They must gently take care of that as well.

This is just a small insight as to what this dedicated band of women do to keep our dog pound going. They need your help, and soon. Please do what you can. It would be so very appreciated. Monroe County can be proud of their dog pound. I know the little guys that stay there would appreciate it too.

Rita Shreves and family plus our little guys Pete, Noel and Shoo Bear.




National Preparedness Month; Officials Discuss Access Road

National Preparedness Month is being observed during September. County commissioners, standing from left, Carl Davis and Tim Price, signed a proclamation to that effect during their Dec. 8 meeting. Requesting the proclamation were, seated, Carol Hehr of the county health department and Rick Schuerman, county EMA coordinator.     Photo by Arlean Selvy

 by Arlean Selvy

A proclamation naming September National Preparedness Month was adopted at the Sept. 8 meeting of Monroe County Commissioners, who also conducted the second public hearing to replace the one-half percent sales tax. In addition, they agreed to write legislators about moving forward a proposed road access project.

National Preparedness Month creates an opportunity for countians to prepare their homes, businesses and communities for any type of emergency from natural disasters to potential terrorist attacks.

According to the proclamation, preparedness can reduce fatalities and economic devastation in our communities and in our nation. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Ready Campaign, Medical Reserve Corps and other federal, state, local, private and volunteer agencies are working to increase public awareness concerning the importance of preparing for emergencies and persuade individuals to take action.

Rick Schuerman, EMA coordinator, urged citizens to make preparedness a priority by taking four simple steps: 

• get an emergency supply kit;

• make a family emergency plan;

• be informed about the types of emergency that can occur in Monroe County;

• get involved with local preparedness organizations and efforts.

Carol Hehr, of the Health Department, noted the importance of washing hands, especially as the flu season approaches.

It was noted that persons taking medication should have a supply on hand, especially during the winter when they can be housebound by snow storms.

  The second public hearing concerning reinstatement of a one-half percent sales tax was held. On a motion by John Pyles, board president, commissioners agreed to reinstate the tax, which will become effective Jan. 1.

. In the past, the sales tax had been renewed for four-year periods. It was made a permanent tax at the Sept. 8 public hearing. The tax, which was dropped due to non-renewal in a timely manner, will not be charged during the last three 

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Ormet Turns Profit During First Six Months of 2009

The latest figures show Ormet Corp. turned a net profit of $4.3 million for the second quarter of 2009 and a $13.9 million net profit for the six months ending on June 30. This was a big difference from a year ago when it had a net loss of $5 million for the second quarter and a net profit of $4.2 million for the six month period ending June 30, 2008.

While the profits are up, the total net sales of $116.1 million is down when compared to last year when the company reported a $133.7 million profit for the second quarter.

In a press release, the company, located at Hannibal, wrote the decrease in net sales is primarily because of the reduction in the number of potlines used and lower prices of non toll aluminum sow on the London Metal Exchange.

The cost of legal and professional fees is also  attributed to a 0.7 million increase in operating costs from the previous year.

Earlier this year, Ormet sought a ruling from an arbitrary tribunal regarding a dispute with Glencore Ltd, who was providing Ormet with alumina. Ormet claimed that Glencore had not honored its contract. A federal lawsuit for a preliminary injunction against Glencore to prevent the interruption of the alumina deliveries was also filed, but later dropped.

Alumina is the primary component in the production of aluminum.

Ormet reported at that time, in April, all of its aluminum production capacity had been dedicated to the reduction of aluminum for Glencore under a tolling agreement.

Ormet received a partial settlement from the tribunal ruling and the supply of alumina from Glencore ended. Ormet was also paid a monetary award by Glencore.

Because of the dispute, the company cut back on production. On July 30, Ormet issued a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notice to 833 hourly and 149 salaried employees. In August, however, the company back tracked saying it would layoff no more than 100 workers and keep four of its six potlines open after the company began getting its own alumina.

Gross profits are also up. When compared to last year’s figures, the company’s gross profit rose by more that $10 million. Second quarter profits for this year are reported at $6.7, while in  2008 they were $6.5 million.

“Ormet has made significant progress with the new power 

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Around the Burnside

Whether on the road or in an argument, when you see red, you should stop.

One advantage of traveling the straight and narrow is nowone is trying to pass you.

Had a chance to attend the Noble County Fair a portion of a hot day. Seniors got in free until 5 p.m. We arrived in plenty of time to take advantage of a soupbeans and cornbread lunch for seniors. After lunch, several merchants in the area provided golf carts for seniors to ride to various places on the fairground and to our car when ready to go home. Idea for our fair? Even a handicap ramp on the grandstand would even help.

I was not as impressed by their 4-H exhibits as I was with our exhibits, probably booth facilities might have been part of the reason.

One thing I did enjoy looking over was the booth by each of the two active FFA Chapters of Caldwell and Shenandoah schools. I recall when we had a FFA booth at our fair. A poster with four pictures?

The Monroe Central’s football team is getting off to a roaring start this year, right where they left off last year. Who knows where they might end up if they keep going?

Sometimes you wonder a bit when you see quite a few young people running around during a football game and probably not watching or very little of the ballgame. I guess maybe with no close supervision they feel free to let it hang out.

On the other hand, I had a fellow say to me during halftime, “Parents must not use a paddle much nowadays.” What else could you say except agree? I don’t know what problem he had, but he mentioned “disrespectful.” I’m not sure how true as I haven’t been around young people for quite sometime.

I guess we were lucky. We didn’t have the chance to run like today. The Pennyroyal Reunion came as close as anything. Living in a small community things traveled nearly as fast or faster than a cell phone. Almost impossible to get away with anything.

We had plenty of time to be kids. We had some wild hide and seek and cowboys and Indians some evenings. The range was all over town.

Roy Bond was the owner/operator of a Sohio Gas station as we called it back then. There was a coat of slag in areas in front of the building. Ron was really proud of that layer of slag. Early every morning he would be out there with his rake, smoothing it out. Most days he spent three or four times, more during the day.

When most of us got bicycles it was kind of fun to ride through the slag and put on our brakes. Sometimes when we were playing follow the leader on our bikes our leader would take us through the slag. I don’t remember him yelling at us too much.

What a last few weeks. Coming and going here and there and maybe who knows, Wow! Here I am in a doctor’s waiting office with nearly a dozen or more other folks.

Had some beautiful weather and sunshine over the last few weeks. Me? I’m taking two pills that directions tell me to stay out of the bright sunlight. How can I go to the fair and stay out of the sun?

Trip to two county fairs, two trips to Pittsburgh, Pa., mowed the lawn a couple or three times and who knows what?

One place I found I would rather not live is Pittsburgh. I really don’t care much for any of the teams or the town or least what I’ve seen of it. A trip to the VA was quite a trip. Getting into town almost takes as long as getting there. The trip home was something else. It was Friday afternoon and we ran into construction twice that slowed things down for miles. We traveled at about horse and buggy speed.

I made it home around six o’clock, no sooner, took off for Woodsfield, gave Charlie the car his insulin shot, went to the football game, grabbed a hot dog, left the game after the band show, went home, ate something, not sure what, watched Sports Friday report, fell into bed and on Saturday morning I jumped out of bed at 10 a.m. I sometimes wish I hadn’t retired. It’s really fun to get old.

I don’t like to complain; however, I’ve heard several others say almost the same thing. I do not know who is in charge of the volume control of the PA system at the Noles home ballgames. There seems to be only one level, extra loud. I don’t think folks on the square are interested in hearing the music. I turn my hearing aids off and it still sounds loud. We old duffers have to shout to talk to each other. I know the young people enjoy it loud,;that’s the reason I plug hearing aids in my ears. Working in the school shop with all the motors and engines with no ear protection. I also guess loud music would be good for the hearing aid business.

I kind of hate to admit it, but I subscribe to TV Guide. I don’t know why as it sometimes comes two weeks in one counting for two magazines. This week was single and really contained something I think you want to know.

There was an interesting preview this week of NCIS new season coming Sept. 22. I’m sure you will not want to miss watching the start of the new season. You even can watch the new NCIS following the old. Please don’t call me between 8 and 10 p.m. on Tuesday.

I forgot: to top things off I somehow managed to get the fingers on my left hand between the car and the door when it was shut.

The bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you fail to make the turn.

Why no active FFA? Who knows?

Try Church Sunday, you might like it.



Health Fair Set for Sept. 19

The Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter will be on display at the 2009 Monroe County Health Department Health Fair set for Sept. 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Woodsfield Fire House.

The Monroe County Health Department will sponsor its second annual Health Fair scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Woodsfield Fire House.

Information will be available to residents about the many different services that are offered, not only in Monroe County, but its surrounding areas as well. Health screenings, including blood pressure, pulse and oxygen saturation, will be conducted by area healthcare agencies.

The Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter will return this year and will be on display as long as weather permits.

Other agencies scheduled to attend this year include: GMN Head Start, Molina Health Care, Ohio Hills Health Ser-vices, Transforming Physiques, Woodsfield Nursing and Rehab, Barnesville Hospital, Anwar Eye Center and many more.

Seasonal flu shots will be available at the health fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Remember to bring all insurance cards because fees may apply.

If you have children, be sure to stop by the Help Me Grow booth to get information on Ohio’s new car seat law. This law becomes effective Oct. 7 and states that children, four to eight years old or 4’9” must be in a booster seat. Certified car seat technicians will be available to help answer questions regarding the new booster law as well as to demonstrate the correct use of booster seats in vehicles.

Remember to sign up for a chance to win door prizes and bring the children to have pictures taken with SpongeBob.

Chicken dinners will be sold by the Woodsfield Fire Department at noon.


Lewis L. Warner, 71, 52636 Red Brick Rd., Summerfield, died Sept. 9, 2009 at his home. He was born Sept. 16, 1937 near Summerfield, a son of the late Arza and Verna King Warner.

He was a retired laborer and farmer.

Surviving are his wife, Linda Carpenter Warner of the home; three daughters, Deb (Doug) Cain of Summerfield, Pam (Bill) Stephen of Calais, Lana (Ronald) Ash, Summer-field; a son, Lewis L. Warner, Jr. of Summerfield; a step-daughter, Melissa (Arthur) Payne of Greenwood, W.Va.; three step-sons, Lee (Rhonda) Shreve, Summerfield; Ned (Carrie) Shreve, Sarasville; Julian (Cindy) Shreve, Sum-merfield; a sister, Pearl (Harold) Stottsberry, Summerfield; a sister-in-law, Fredia Warner of Sarahsville; 17 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Harrison Warner, Francis Warner; a step-son, Jamie Shreve; a daughter-in-law, Angie Warner and a son-in-law Bob Craft.

Friends were received Sept. 10 at Brubach-Watters Funeral Home, Summerfield. Graveside services were held Sept. 11 at the Warner Family Cemetery near Summerfield.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.wattersfuneralhome.com

Mary Lena Frye, 73, of State Route 78, Clarington, died Sept. 10, 2009 at the Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Woodsfield. She was born June 20, 1936 in Clarington.

Survivors include her husband, Junior “Sam” Frye; a son, Dennis Frye, Clarington; a daughter, Jeanne (Allen) McPeek, Beallsville; her mother, Elizabeth Ross Hvizdzak; four grandchildren, Mandie (Yancy) Lancaster, Dean (Tiffany) Baker, Stacey Baker and Ryan Frye; two step-grandchildren, Natasha and Nathan McPeek; four great-grandchildren, Paden and Marilyn Lancaster and Ethyan and Arryn Baker; a step-great-grandchild, Jayden Gable; a brother, Mike (Jennie) Hvizdzak, Florida; and a sister, Vernia Howell, Clarington.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Nelson; a brother, Danny “Jake” Hvizdzak; two infant brothers; and a granddaughter, Christy Baker.

Services were held at the convenience of the family. Sympathy expressions at:


John O. “Catfish” Chaplin, 83, of State Route 7, Duffy, died Sept. 13, 2009 at Wetzel County Hospital, New Martinsville, W.Va. He was born Sept. 10, 1926 in New Martinsville, the son of the late Carl and Violet Haught Chaplin.

He was a retired millwright from Conalco Corp.; a member of St. John Bosco Mission in Sardis; Scottish Rite Valley, Cambridge; Masonic Lodge #597 F.&A.M., Clarington; a U.S. Army veteran of World War II; and a lifetime member of both the American Legion Post #760, Hannibal, and VFW Post #9930, Duffy. He loved to hunt, fish and camp.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Mary “Cuppy” Dandrea Chaplin, whom he married Aug. 23,1947; two daughters, Robyn (Rick) Cecil and Apryl (Edwin) Ankrom, both of Duffy; three sisters: Peggy Chaplin, Duffy; Alice Lathouse, Columbus; and Rada “Carol” Lollathin, Clarington; and three grandchildren: Steven Cecil, Ricci Cecil and Jourdan Ankrom, all of Duffy.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, John O. Chaplin, Jr.; a brother, Harry Chaplin; and two sisters: Doris Welch and Edna Mae Chaplin.

Friends were received Sept. 16 at Grisell Funeral Home, Sardis, with Masonic services and Christian Wake services at 7:45 p.m. Funeral liturgy with Mass will be celebrated Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. at St. John Bosco Mission Church, Sardis, with Rev. Fr. David Gaydosik as celebrant.

Interment in Emma Grove Cemetery, Hannibal, where military graveside services will be conducted. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Sylvester School, 119 Wayne St., Woodsfield, OH 43793.

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Carl Edward Stewart of Sardis died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Obetz, Ohio, on Sept. 13, 2009. He was surrounded by his loving wife of 58 years, JoAnn (Raver) Stewart; four daughters: Debra Jo Stewart-Hen-nessee-Longwell, Sardis; Penny Lynn (Billy) Caldwell, Webbville, Ky.; Nancy Marie (Gary) Hoskinson, Woods-field; and Carline May Stewart-Callahan, Obetz; one son, Robert Eugene (Maritta) Stewart, Columbus; 19 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are a brother: Robert, Columbus; four sisters: Goldie Templin, Wheel-ing, W.Va.; Helen Boeshansz and Clara McPeek-Dixon, both of Obetz; and Virginia Georgi, Paramount, Calif.

He was born June 12, 1932, the son of the late Charles and Louisa “Lula” (Palmer) Stewart. He was a former member of the SouthEast Conservation Club, Stars-n-Stripes and VFW Local 1312. 

He was preceded in death by four brothers: Charles, Darbydale, Ohio; Harry, Sardis; Bill, Columbus; and Roy, Woodsfield; five sisters: Violet Merckle, Sardis; Dorothy Tisher and Dolly “Lula” Schnell, both of Obetz; Mildred Kolinski, Wheeling; and Bessie Ratajzack, Cleveland.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent to JoAnn Stewart, 1915 Sedan Ave., Obetz, OH 43207.