Ohio Valley Community
Credit Union Celebrates 50 Years ~
A grand celebration was held in
Sept. 13 as the Ohio Valley Community Credit Union celebrated 50
years of service to the community. Shown, from left, are Marilyn
Ashcraft, district rep for Ohio State Auditor Mary Taylor; Ann
Block, district rep for Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer
Brunner; Nick Gatz, district rep for Senator George Voinovich;
State Representative Jennifer Garrison; U.S. Congressman Charlie
Wilson; State Senator Jimmy Stewart; OVCCU President and CEO
Gregory Harper; State Senator Jason Wilson; OVCCU 33-year
employee Kathie Bayes; and Robyn McGuire, OVCCU Human Relations.
Also speaking were Mark Fawcett, board member; John Pyles,
Monroe County Commissioner; Chris Predieri, Ohio Credit Union
League; Rusty Atkinson, president, Monroe County Chamber of
Commerce. Watch next weekís Beacon for more information on this
50th anniversary celebration. Photo by M. Ackerman
Beallsville Branch of WesBanco Bank Robbed ~
Officers from Monroe County Sheriffís Office responded to an
armed robbery at the WesBanco bank in Beallsville at 9:41 Friday
morning, Sept. 10. According to Lt. Tracy Truax, officers were
on scene within 15 minutes. Bank employees advised two suspects
entered the bank wearing full face motorcycle helmets. One of
the suspects produced a handgun and ordered the employees to the
ground. The suspects cleaned out the teller drawers and left the
bank within three minutes. An undisclosed amount of cash was
taken from the bank. Following witness statements, officers were
able to determine that two individuals matching this description
were seen both before and after the robbery on a red/orange ATV.
Video footage from the bankís surveillance system is being
reviewed for more definitive descriptions. There were no
injuries to bank employees during the robbery.
late breaking news Monday evening, two males are in custody in
connection with the Beallsville WesBanco bank robbery. At left,
Adam Thompson, 22, of Belmont Ridge (SR145), Beallsville, and
(below) Michael Kelly, 34, Sandy Ridge,
Barnesville, were arrested Monday, Sept. 13.
to Monroe County Sheriff Charles Black, he, an FBI agent and a
deputy went to Wheeling Monday where
Thompson was with his girlfriend. ďHe cooperated and came back
voluntarily,Ē said Black. Thompson is being housed in the Noble
Kelly was arrested by an FBI agent and
County officers and is
being held in the Belmont County Jail.
ďI commend all my officers,Ē said Sheriff Black. ďThey have
beaten the streets, gotten information and have tracked the
subjectsí movements from 6 p.m. Friday until they checked out of
a hotel Sunday at noon and arrived back in Wheeling about 8:30-9:30
Some of the money was recovered but Black said he feels a large
amount was spent this past weekend.
Discussions at School Board Meet
by Taylor Abbott
Public participation yielded several heated discussions during
the meeting of the Switzerland of Ohio Local School Districtís
Board of Education Sept. 2. Over 30 residents attended the
Heather Dornan, resident and teacher, approached the board
concerning their hiring practices. According to Dornan, she has
interviewed with Switzerland of Ohio Local School District
(SOLSD) five times. She said that each time, she has been passed
up by less experienced applicants.
"For the students of this district to be successful, they need
the right tools and good teachers. I have been interviewed by
SOLSD five times and each time, I am passed up by inexperienced
applicants. Can you tell me what I can do to correct this or
tell me why these individuals are getting the job when I am
qualified with a five year license and five years of experience
certified to teach in various subjects?"
Board president Scott Dierkes said the hiring process is based
on principal recommendations and a panel of interviewers who
each have a "checklist." After each interview, the panel
compares their checklists.
Howard Spangler, retired teacher, encouraged the board and
school district to start employing people who reside in the
district. He said that he was a transplant to the county years
ago, adding he loves rural life, but said the district needs to
consider keeping the county's younger generation in the county
to secure a better future.
Following the remarks and questions regarding the hiring of
teachers, local resident and business owner Gary Rubel spoke to
the board and said he was, "here to represent the tax payers of
Rubel expressed his anger and frustration with the board
regarding the awarding of a bid to Scurlock Excavating. He said
that he missed the Beallsville bid package by $700.
"I missed the Beallsville job by $700 but my taxes went up
$10,000," said Rubel.
Roger Claus, surveyor, stepped into the conversation and
questioned the contract specifications with hiring local
operators and workers. Both engaged in a lengthy discussion with
the board and administrators.
Rubel accused PCS of being in "cahoots." At that point, Kevin
Green, PCS vice-president, engaged in a heated exchange with
"In 'cahoots' with who sir? Who are we [PCS] in cahoots with?
I'm going to tell you something, if you're going to start making
accusations like that, you'd better have facts, sir," said
Rubel shook his head and, referring to the Woodsfield project
site, said, "You haven't completed the job. The land up there
still has mounds of dirt on it. That land isn't even ready."
Green said the project ran into problems, beginning with the
uncovering of an old compost dump on the Woodsfield site. He
said that a school could not be built on it. Adding further,
Green said the site has been under excavation since December.
"All these extensions on deadlines and such are going to cost
the taxpayer a third more because of all of these delays," said
Rubel. "The local people pay the taxes, you [Green] don't...Yet
the local people didn't get the jobs."
Dierkes acknowledged Rubel's submittal of bids, affirming that
Rubel did, in fact, lose the Beallsville package by $700.
Dierkes said that his bid for the Woodsfield project site was
outbid by a significant amount, thus giving it to lowest bidder,
according to the Ohio Revised Code.
Claus said that the Woodsfield site would never have faced the
problems it has had they listened to him when he made
suggestions during surveying.
"It's aggravating when I know what went wrong yet no one
listened. Gary could have had the equipment in there and
solved the problem instead of having all of these delays," said
Following more discussion, Dierkes ended the discussion citing
time limits for public participation. He said others who were
there to talk needed the chance to do so.
Ed Vargo, resident, questioned the board about overseeing the
school projects and asked who was in charge of the money for
School district treasurer Janet Hissrich said the fund is
reviewed not only by her on a daily basis, but also the Ohio
School Facilities Commission (OSFC). Green said that PCS
oversees the contract money.
Stacey Thomas, a representative from the OSFC, addressed the bid
award concerns and the firms hired to complete the work.
"Yes, the district has input and the firms can, but the OSFC
picks the firms used for construction, It's sort of a checks and
balances system," said the representative, adding "I will stand
up for the school board, the architect firm, and the
construction firm and tell you that they did nothing wrong."
Following the OSFC representative's comments, a resident asked
about the benefits of hiring retired teachers instead of young
people with qualifications.
Dierkes said that he believed in the six or seven years he has
served on the board, the board had not hired retired individuals
if there were other qualified candidates available.
Before public participation ended, Vargo asked about the hiring
of maintenance crews to oversee the buildings.
Marc Ring, director of support services, said that a maintenance
consulting firm was being utilized. Ring said that each school
will have a state-of-the-art maintenance system in place with
sensors that will alert maintenance workers of problems. The
system, dubbed "School Dudes," will give weekly updates and
alerts. He said the district's own maintenance workers will be
trained with the new system and operate it. Ring added, "This
new system will protect our schools for years to come."
New business began with the individual approval of eight
motions. Before a motion was entertained, board member Ron
Winkler asked if all motions concerning the new school projects
had the money there to complete them. After being told yes,
Winkler made a motion to accept the following resolutions:
Resolution A: awarding contracts for the new Beallsville K-12
Resolution B: rejecting bids received for kitchen equipment at
both the Beallsville and Woodsfield sites.
Resolution C: approve technology bid package for the new
Beallsville K-12, Woodsfield Elementary and
School and authorization of bids for
the work to be completed.
A motion to consider the employment of Alesa Fisher, Powhatan
Elementary teacher, by Janet Schwall, second by Teresa
Gallagher. Motion passed with Ed Carleton voting no.
Bid openings for the Monroe Central, Woodsfield Elementary
general trades rebid will be held Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. Also at
that time, bids for Beallsville, Monroe Central, and Woodsfield
Elementary technology and food service packages will be opened.
The Board of Education will hold their next meeting Sept. 16 at
Footnote: In a Sept. 7 interview with Superinten-dent Larry
Elliott and Marc Ring, Support Services director, Elliott noted
that the Ohio Revised Code requires the board to award the
lowest and most responsible bidder the contract. He added that
the board could be sued if that requirement was not followed
because the company that received the bid is a well known,
reputable company with a good track record.
Elliott said that the Beallsville project has come in under
budget. He added that every school has its own budget and they
have to stay within that budget. They canít spend any more than
is allowed on any building.
Ring noted that all the site survey work was done at all
locations by Biedenbach Surveying. Elevation work is in
Delays, said Elliott, have been due to the bidding process.
The goal, said Ring, is to have 50 percent local labor
(specifically Monroe, Noble and Belmont county workers) working
on the schools projects, noting there are no related local labor
construction halls in Monroe County but added there are
residents who belong to local labor unions in neighboring
counties. They said that some local companies have been hired to
do work on the schools.
A ceremonial groundbreaking for the Beallsville schools is being
planned for mid-October.
post dump on the Woodsfield site. He said that a school could
not be built on it. Adding further, Green said the site has been
under excavation since December.
The 2010 Homecoming festivities at Beallsville High School will
be held Sept. 17 with the parade beginning at 6:30 p.m. and
coronation at 6:45 prior to the Beallsville-Cameron football
game. Shown, from left, are sitting: junior attendant Tiffany
May, freshman attendant Gwendolynn Otto, sophomore attendant
Karissa Morgan; standing: queen candidates: Alyssa Tavoletti,
Jessica Campbell, Paige Atkinson, Lacey Lucas and Caity Moore.
Photo by Paul Krajnyak, PSK Innovations
Beallsville Homecoming Sept. 17
Itís that time of year again ... football and homecoming.
Beallsville High School Homecoming festivities are set for
Friday, Sept. 17 beginning with a parade at 6:30 p.m. Queen
coronation is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. The young lady who selects
the blue rose will be crowned Beallsville High Schoolís
2010 Homecoming Queen prior to the Beallsville vs. Cameron
football game which begins at 7:30 p.m.
Candidates include Paige Atkinson, daughter of Chip Atkinson and
Misty and Lou Tolzda; Jessica Campbell, daughter of Ray and Kris
Campbell; Lacey Lucas, daughter of Shannon Lucas and Dianne
Trigg; Caity Moore, daughter of Trevor and Dawnell Moore; and
Alyssa Tavoletti, daughter of Mike and Nina Tavoletti.
Attendants include: junior Tiffany May, daughter of Sally and
Brian May; sophomore Karissa Morgan, daughter of Mark and
Rodawna Deaton; and freshman Gwendolynn Otto, daughter of Rhonda
and Jamie Otto.
Around the Burnside
The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing
at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at
the tempting moment.
Well, a little cold snap causes you to move around a bit faster
and turn the air conditioners down. It does seem Labor Day is
the signal for cool weather to move in. We are in for a mild
winter; remember you read it here.
Morgan County fair is always Labor Day week. I
can remember several times the weather turned cool during the
fair. Pennsville lunch stand had excellent vegetable soup. Once
on a cold day I purchased a bowl for supper. I noticed on their
stove a large pot of soup with hot soup around the edges of a
large chunk of frozen soup in the center. Everyone was wanting
soup. It worked.
The football season is well underway and weather should be cool.
Our teams didnít fair too well this past week. This will change.
I watched the Monroe Central game played at
on WTOV. It isnít as much fun to watch when you know how the
game is going to end. Three hours is a long time to show us less
than an hour of actual football. I guess maybe the jingle of
money has something to do with the length of the telecast.
can pay a half to a million and a half to get a team to Columbus for the Buckeyes to play an hour of
football. I get a couple of letters and sometimes a phone call
asking me to donate money to the university. Donít get me wrong,
Iím still a big fan of OSU but I remember when I paid $11.50 for
a season ticket. We even had to have our picture on the ticket.
Oh well, times change.
This is going to be quite a week. Holiday
to start things followed by three days of trips to a doctorís
office and Friday nothing planned. This growing old is fun, so
they say. I remember when I was a kid I thought some one 85
years old was really old. You know something? It is! Thereís no
way to stop it. Thatís not exactly right as my pappy used to
say, ďYou donít grow old; you just grow up.Ē This again isnít
exactly true as some of us grow out. Step on a set of scales if
you donít believe me.
Seems as though as you get older trips to the doctors often
dominate our conversation. Itís tough to talk to anyone and not
mention a trip or trips to some kind of a doctor. You remember
when a kid you had very few or maybe never went to the doctor. I
donít remember trips to the doctor when growing up.
Mom or Dad had something to take care of your problem. Then
again, I doubt if I would be sitting here writing ďAround the
BurnsideĒ if it were not for doctors. On the other hand, if I
hadnít quit smoking 45 or 50 years ago I probably wouldnít be
around either. While growing up it seems we did about everything
they tell us today is bad for our health.
Well my picture made it this week with the Burnside. Handsome
dude ainít it? Ha! There is one problem. The picture was taken
when I was on my way to pick up my new glasses. You probably
wonít be able to recognize me with my new specs.
We made it through the doctor visits OK and in each case made a
date to visit them again. So it goes. One more visit next week
and that does it for this month, the October dates are in the
book. Iím really not complaining, just canít think of anything
to write about.
I did see in the paper the contracts for the new Beallsville
school have been signed. Maybe it took a little more time to get
this completed but it will not be long after the building is
completed. Most will forget all the questions and perhaps
complains as the process moved along. Oh thereís always a few.
Itís tough to please everyone.
Looks as if they are rolling an outfit into the community
building to work on the ceiling. Itís kind of tough to live so
close and not know whatís going on. I guess I could go over and
nib a little bit. Iíll just wait and see the results.
You know I always kind of looked forward to this time of year.
Back to school meant we had a little break from work although
there was corn to cut and the old cows had to be milked night
and morning as well as other chores. We didnít have time to do
much on our computer or ipod or cell phone or video games or
anything else of this type. We didnít have them to keep us
occupied. As Iíve mentioned before our smartboard hung on a nail
driven in the frame of the blackboard. It worked for us. We made
do because we didnít know any different. Believe me our smart
board brought out the best in us even if it wasnít used very
often. One use and you got the idea.
Church attendance should pick up now.
Thought for the day: If you think there is good in everybody,
you havenít met everybody.
HILDA P. SWICK
Hilda P. Swick, 84, 44975 Road
Caldwell, (Carlisle Community)
died Sept. 7, 2010 at her home. She was born July 24, 1926 in Zanesville, a daughter of the late Paul and
Hilda Adams Horton.
She was a former secretary and a former co-owner of Swickís
General Store in Carlisle. She was a member of the St. Michael Catholic
Church, Carlisle, where she
sang in the choir for over 50 years. She was a member of the BPW
in Zanesville, and was also instrumental in the
organization of the Samaritan House, Caldwell.
Surviving are her husband, Lewis F. Swick, whom she married Jan.
4, 1951; a son, Greg (Elsie) Swick of Canal Fulton; a daughter,
Lorna (Jeff) Hannahs of Sarshaville; two sisters, Dorothea
Upshaw of Richmond, Va., Loretta Joe Adams of Willoughby; 12
grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two
brothers, Dick Horton and Charles Horton.
There was no visitation. A memorial mass was celebrated Sept. 11
at St. Michael Catholic Church, Carlisle,
with Rev. Fr. Thomas Hamm as the celebrant. Interment will be
held at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Samaritan House, 307 Main St., Caldwell, OH 43724.
Arrangements by Brubach-Watters Funeral Home, Summerfield.
Helen Gertrude Thomas Ray, 78,
Canton, went to be with the Lord on Sept.
6, 2010. She was born Feb. 26, 1932 in Beallsville, a daughter
of the late Martha Margaret Adair and Elmer McKinley Thomas.
She graduated in 1950 from
High School as class
valedictorian and she played clarinet in the school band.
After moving to Canton,
she worked for Timken Company and Union Metal. She met and
married Kenneth Ray, a minister for the
and raised their two sons Bill and David. She was an avid writer
and wrote many short stories and poems. She was a member of the
Northwest Church of Christ.
Surviving are two sons, Bill (Bev) Ray of Canton, David Alan Ray
of Texas; two granddaughters, Sandi Kocar of Canal Fulton,
Jordan Ella Ray of Texas; a sister, Paulina Willis of Canton;
and other relatives and friends including local nephews and
niece, John, Roger, Larry and Steve Willis and Kathy (Brett)
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her
husband, Kenneth, in 2006; a sister, Verda Ball and two
brothers, Robert and Richard Thomas..
Friends were received Sept. 8 in Arnold Funeral Home, Canton, where services were held Sept. 9, with
Minister Lance Lindenberger and Minister Keith Kull officiating.
Burial was in West Lawn Cemetery.