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April 24, 2008 Edition

<Threat Evacuates School

Discussing the situation following the search for a
bomb at Powhatan Elementary were, from left, Fire
Chief Tom Nelms, Powhatan Mayor Ryan Lee and Police
Chief Chet Oldfield.

by Arlean Selvy
        It took about an hour for law enforcement and other
officials to ‘sweep’ Powhatan Elementary for a bomb
after an April 16 note was found.
        According to Switzerland of Ohio School District
Supt. Larry Elliott, a written threat on the building
was discovered a little after 10 a.m. He said
immediate action was taken to keep students and staff
safe by evacuating the building.
        Students, accompanied by their teachers, were taken
to safe sites until being transported home by school
buses or parents.
        School officials, including George Richardson,
assistant superintendent; Neil Ritchie, principal at
Powhatan, Elliott, and several school personnel, stood
watch from about a block away.
        “I’m thankful for the immediate response of local
police and the volunteer fire department. They were
very helpful in the situation,” said Elliott.  “My hat
is off to their professionalism and     quick response.”
        Fire Chief Tom Nelms  said his department was alerted
at 10:24 a.m. Fire and emergency personnel as well as
the village mayor, Ryan Lee, two Belmont County
sheriff’s deputies and four members of the Powhatan PD
were at the scene. Rich Young, a member of the police
department, said they would stay at the scene until at
least 1 p.m.
        According to other information gathered, the threat
indicated the bomb would explode at 1 p.m.
        One of the teachers noted her students were upset and
angry about the incident. “They claim it ruined their
day,” she said.
        Last Wednesday’s incident was the second bomb threat
discovered at the Powhatan school. Last week’s
incident remains under investigation.

< Commissioners Commit Dollars For Summit/Lewisville NR Grant

by Arlean Selvy
        Action was taken at the April 15 meeting of Monroe
County commissioners to commit $47,500 to help obtain
Neighborhood Revitalization Grant (formerly known as
the CDBG Distress Grant) monies for the Summit
Township/Lewisville area.               According to Mary Jo
West-fall, OSU Extension agent and grant
administrator, the grant funding is competitive, and
applications are selected on a point system. One of
the areas in which points can be garnered is
“leverage.” The maximum  points for leverage is 20 -
which takes $150,000. However, for small counties the
more CDBG Formula grant funding used as a match, the
more points earned.
        Monroe commissioners have committed $10,000 in
Formula grant money, and $37,500 will be used from the
Community Improvement Corporation’s Revolving Loan
Fund. The RLF is funded in part by CDBG.
        In a related matter, Westfall told commissioners the
county will receive $74,000 in Formula monies this
year. Of that amount, $10,000 is for administration
fees, $1,000 is mandated for Fair Housing and $10,000
is committed to Summit Twp./Lewisville should they be
awarded the NR Grant.
        Officials will, ultimately, have a total of $53,000
to fund up to six project requests for CDBG Formula
        The first public hearing was held March 18. The
second public hearing is set for 10 a.m. April 29
during the regular meeting of county commissioners,
first floor of the courthouse.
        In other business taking place at the April 15
meeting, Grizzle Ridge resident Sharon Huffman
approached officials with an update about installation
of waterlines on Grizzle Ridge and Moore Ridge. She
reminded officials that in June, she will have been
working on the project for one year. To date she has
gathered and submitted petitions for a waterline to
the Switzerland of Ohio Water District, obtained
easements and completed an income survey.
        She said obtaining survey information was difficult
as many residents marked ‘no response’ on the question
asking for a household income range.
        Not answering the question could hurt since CDBG
grants for such projects are normally awarded to areas
with ‘low-to-moderate-income (LMI) households.
        According to Westfall, LMI should be 51 percent or


< Community Center Selected For Several Grant Projects

The second public hearing for Neighborhood
Revitalization Grant funding was held April 19, at the
Summit Township Community Center, Lewisville. A large
group gathered to select the projects for which the
$300,000 grant, if awarded, will be used.              
Photo by Arlean Selvy

County Commissioner Francis ‘Sonny’ Block, left,
speaks  during the NR grant public hearing at
Lewisville. Seated from left are county commissioners
Bill Thompson and John Pyles. Standing is Mary Jo
Westfall, OSU Extension office, who will write the

Summit Twp. Residents Select Projects

        Residents of Summit Township, including the village
of  Lewisville, have selected the projects they want
placed on an application for a $300,000 Neighborhood
Revitalization Grant (NR). If the application is
chosen by the State, county commissioners will add
another $47,500 to the original $300,000.
        If the application is not selected, the area will
keep the $47,500 committed by commissioners. Residents
agreed the $47,500 will be used to replace windows in
the Summit Township Community Center.           The estimated
cost to replace all the windows is $60,000 and will be
part of the grant application.
        Total estimated cost of all projects submitted for
funding consideration was $1,490,600.           Six projects
were eliminated, and a seventh will receive $26,300 to
use as match money to seek Issue 2 funds to pave.
        On a motion by John Pyles, president, board of county
commissioners, the following projects will appear on
the NR grant application:
        • Mini-pumper fire truck, $120,000 with a local match
of $71,000 cash. Total estimated cost $191,000.
        • Twenty culverts on township roads, $10,200 with
in-kind match of $6,300. Total project cost $16,500.
        • Window replacement in Summit Township Community
Center, $60,000·                              
• Repair and refinish gym floors in the Summit Township Community Center,
$10,000 with a $10,000 cash match. Total project cost
        • Parking lot near Community Center, $42,600·
        • Repave basketball court, $7,400.
        • Playground equipment, $20,000.
        • Pavilion near Community Center – materials only,$6,000.
        • Sidewalks, SR78 East - $31,800
        •       Sidewalks, SR78 South, $3,200.
        • Repave village streets, $26,300. The money will be
used as match money in seeking Issue 2 funding for
paving. Total estimated cost of repaving village
streets is estimated at $40,700.
        Other projects suggested by surveys, but eliminated,
        • Pave Cemetery Road, $14,400.
        • Replace a bridge on TR831A, $19,500 with a $13,000
in-kind match. Total estimated cost $32,500.
        • Replace a bridge on TR242, $26,300 with a $20,000
in-kind match. Total project estimated at $46,300.
        • Repave three miles of Lewisville-Northern Road,
$126,100 with a cash match of $45,000. Total project
cost $171,100.
        • Pave 2.8 miles of Bracken Ridge, $309,200 with a
$102,000 cash match. Total project is estimated at
        • Pave 2.9 miles of Burkhart-Middlechurch Road,
$281,900 with a $94,000 cash match. The project shows
an estimated price tag of $375,900.    
        Mary Jo Westfall, OSU Extension office and grant
administrator, noted that playground equipment for
toddlers will be installed this year. It had been
purchased with funding from another grant source. The
equipment to be purchased with NR funding, if awarded,
will be for children eight to 12 years of age.
        A Public Hearing on the final grant application
before submission to Columbus will be held June 17 at
10 a.m. in the office of county commissioners. This is
a public meeting asking for final comment.
        The April 19 public hearing followed a chicken
barbecue to benefit the volunteer fire department.
According to numbers released, 380 dinners had been
purchased when volunteers ran out of meals.
        Officials thanked residents for their outstanding
support of the grant application.
        Westfall said 402 individuals signed in at the  hearing.

< Opening set at Chamber, CRC

Sheila Martin and Shirley Brown, Cancer Resource
Center volunteers, invite the public to an open house,
held in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, on
April 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. The CRC will extend its open
house to April 26, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wigs bare
available to cancer patients at no charge.         

        The Monroe County Chamber of Commerce and the Cancer
Resource Center (CRC) will host an open house on April
25 from 4 to 7 p.m. The CRC will also be open April 26
from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
        “We want people to see our new offices and learn what
the Chamber of Commerce is all about,” said Ruth
Workman, Chamber secretary.
        “We were very excited when the Chamber asked us to
move with them,” said Sheila Martin, CRC volunteer.
“Being a non-profit organization, we depend on the
generosity of the local businesses.”
        “We are working very hard to get the manpower to have
the CRC open five days a week,” said Shirley Brown,
volunteer. “We need volunteers. Some people in our
community have no idea what we have to offer. Being
the mother of a cancer survivor, I know first-hand how
frustrating it can be not knowing what to do or where
to go.”
        “Relay for life is the reason we are able to have
programs in this county for people who have cancer and
their families. Through monies raised at Relay, we are
able to have a much-needed CRC, and we can provide the
many programs that are available,” continued Brown.
        Look Good Feel Better is a program that enables the
CRC to provide free wigs to cancer patients who have
lost their hair.
        Hope Lodge is another program which provides free
lodging for cancer patients and their families for the
duration of their treatments.
        “In February, we were able to help a family in
Beallsville with lodging at the Hope Lodge in
Cleveland,” said Brown.
        The public is invited to find out more about both of
these county organizations. There will be door prizes
donated by local businesses and refreshments.


<Gilmore Has Winning Design

Steve Gilmore had the winning design in the Hot
Wheels  Designers Challenge. “Gangster Grin” was
unveiled in Las Vegas and is now in stores across the
nation. Steve is shown with his wife, Amber, his
parents, Roger and Cheryl Gilmore of Hannibal, and
Steve and Amber’s “children” Dixie and Bristol.

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer
        “I love working at Ford,” said Steve Gilmore, a
former resident and a 1994 River High School graduate.
“I have my dream job!”
        A designer for the Ford Motor Company, Gilmore’s
design in the Hot Wheels Designers Challenge won first
place. His car “Gangster Grin” was recently released
as a Hot Wheels model in celebration of Hot Wheels’
40th Anniversary.
        The Hot Wheels Designers Challenge was created to
help the company celebrate this mile-marker
anniversary. It was the first time in history that Hot
Wheels went outside of Mattel to have cars designed.
        Ford Motor Company accepted the challenge to design a
Hot Wheels car, and extended that opportunity to Ford
designers to compete for the winning car.
        Design directors Peter Horbury, Patrick Schiavone and
Moray Callum picked the top three designs from Ford
employees and sent them on to Hot Wheels to pick the
winner. The “Gangster Grin” was chosen to represent
Ford in the challenge.
        Each company built a one-fifth scale model of the car
to show at the debut at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. “I
created a 3D computer model of the car and then had
the parts milled using renfoam, aluminum and acrylic,”
said Gilmore. “Finally, the model was hand-finished,
painted and assembled by craftsmen at the Ford Product
Development Center.”
        How did he pick the color for his winning entry?
Gilmore knew he wanted it some shade of red so, in the
paint shop at Ford, he mixed colors until he came up
with the burgundy color he liked and one that befit
the car.
        He collaborated with other employees, and they came
up with the name “Gangster Grin” because of the low
slung body and the shape of the grill.
        Gilmore and his wife, Amber, enjoyed the trip to Las
Vegas for the unveiling, the interviews and all the
“press” stuff. They also met some of the famous people
from the auto industry.
        Gilmore has always enjoyed sketching cars. In fact,
“Gangster Grin” was taken from a “concept car
proposal” Gilmore had been working on for about four
years. “It never turned out right,” said the designer,
but this was the perfect opportunity for him to use
his design! The bullet-shaped center of the grill was
influenced by a ’49 Ford, the fenders, outlined in
chrome, were inspired by a Lincoln and the body shape
by a customized Mercury of the early 1950’s.
        Gilmore credits a teacher with his career choice. At
the first college he attended, Gilmore was pursuing a
degree in engineering when he felt that it just wasn’t
a right fit. His professor provided advice that led
him to a different school and in the right direction.
He enrolled in the University of Cincinnati and felt
he was finally going on the right path. He graduated
in 2000 with a BAS in Industrial Design.
        “My dad bought me my first car to work on when I was
13,” said Gilmore. “It was a big influence on my whole
career path.”
        “I was never that good at working on cars, but I
liked to design,” said this Hannibal native.
        Gilmore has had a lot of “hands-on design” on a lot
of vehicles. Working in the truck studio at Ford, he
has been working on the Harley Davidson pick-up for
2009, but most of his design work now is on trucks
that will be coming out in 2011. There is also a new
program where they are looking at trucks for 2014 and
2015. “We’re laying the architecture for those
vehicles,” he said. He is proud to have been in on the
design project for the interior of the Mustang he
        According to Gilmore, designers work on full-size
clay models and do the changes in clay. “It’s a
challenge to figure out how to build them,” he said.
        Gilmore noted he got his “foot in the door” with Ford
through working at Plastech, formerly LDM
Technologies, which was an automobile supplier.
        One of Gilmore’s previous jobs was at Hasbro where he
worked on the design of the toys for the Jurassic Park
series. He also did his internship with Mattel in
their Hot Wheels division.
        Gilmore, his wife Amber, and their “children” Dixie
and Bristol  were in Hannibal recently visiting family
and friends. He and his family reside in Redford,

< Fairground Facility Considered

by Arlean Selvy
        Discussion about funding for a proposed structure at
Monroe County Fairgrounds was held during the April 15
meeting of Monroe County commissioners. Members of the
Monroe County Fairboard and Mary Jo Westfall, OSU
Extension, attended the meeting to gather information
from Christine Crowell, community development
specialist, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural
Development, Marietta.
        No formal action was taken with regard to the
proposed building. Construction is under consideration
due to the expected displacement of offices within the
courthouse as well as the North Main Street office of
the prosecuting attorney.
        Westfall said the proposed building would be 66’x105’
and the price tag would be about $800,000.
        According to discussion, the proposed building would
house the Soil and Water Conservation District office,
OSU Extension office and the Fair Board. It also could
be a facility in which educational programs are
        Crowell noted that space could be rented to
for-profit organizations, but no more than 25 percent
of floor space can be used. Concerning not-for-profit
organizations, they must be county related.
        Crowell asked for a written summary of specific
offices to be housed and whether they are full-time or
part-time offices. She also asked for additional
information on the type of building.
        Concerning funding, Crowell said the USDA Community
Facilities program has $9 million in direct loan
monies and $500,000 for grants.
        Loans are currently awarded at 4.625 percent
        To obtain USDA funding, the land should also be owned
by the county.
        USDA grant funds will not be available until after
Oct. 1.

John Fogle Kept Them Flying

John Fogle during a training session at the Mooney
Service School in Kerrville, Texas, where the Mooney
plane is manufactured. He was a certified Airframe and
Power Plant Mechanic and, in addition, had his
Inspection Authorization from FAA. He was owner of J&S
Flying Service with his wife, Sally.

        Some of aviation’s finest people brought their planes
from all over the United States to Monroe County
Airport for the service and expertise of John D.
Fogle, J&S Flying Service, owned and operated by John
and Sally Fogle
        John died on March 22 at the age of 56.
        Over his 14 years at Monroe County Airport, John
developed one of the most recognized and respected
Mooney Aircraft repair facilities in the eastern
United States. J&S Flying Service specialized in
maintenance, annual inspections, and licensing of a
specialized aircraft.           Mooney Aircraft are a very
compact, efficient, high performance plane used
primarily by businesses and professional people. The
Mooney is easily a million dollar investment,
depending on instrumentation. Pilots trusted their
lives to John’s excellent care and maintenance of
their aircraft and engines because they knew he was
conscientious, knowledgeable, dependable and paid
attention to details.
        His clientele of close to 100 planes each year
included professional people ranging from CEO’s of
large businesses, doctors from Indiana, New York and
South Carolina, airline and corporate pilots, lawyers,
retired and active Air Force and Navy pilots, college
professors and even a professional hockey referee.
John had equipped more than one Mooney for
International flights. An Ohio plane was flown around
the world via the North Pole to Siberia, back through
Europe and home via Iceland. Another, the Silver
Bullet pilot, flew her Mooney in timed air races from
the United Sates to Europe and home via Buenos Aires.
She was also a sponsor of Wings for Children.
        In October 1994, John married Sally Davies, daughter
of Jean and Bill Davies, residents of Barnesville.
Shortly after their marriage, Sally and John chose to
start a new business, the J&S Flying Service at Monroe
County Airport. Since the available facility was not
insulated or properly heated, and the airport
authority funds were limited, John agreed to sign a
long-term lease with the airport authority.  He then
invested his own funds to have the maintenance hanger
heater, well lighted and insulated for year-round
        John received training at the Mooney Service School
in Kerrville, Texas where the plane is manufactured.
He was a certified Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic
and, in addition, had his Inspection Authorization
from FAA. He worked on Mooney Aircraft for nearly a
quarter of a century. As part of a requirement for A
and P certification, John apprenticed three years with
Clyde Wittenbrook at the Barnesville Airport.
        John was reared in the Barnesville and Akron areas
but graduated from Kiski High School, located in the
Leechburg-Vandergrift area of Pennsylvania. He was no
stranger to the Barnesville area as he and his sister
visited often with friends and his cousins, Clyde and
Margie Wittenbrook, of the Barnesville Airport. John
earned his private pilot’s license in 1992 and was a
member of the Wolf Run Flying Club. He was also an
avid skydiver, a hobby in which his wife Sally joined
him. He made over 100 jumps, primarily in association
with the Canton Air Sports Skydivers.
        John was proud to serve his country in the United
States Marine Corps and spent most of his active duty
from 1969 to 1972 in Viet Nam. He served from 1973 to
1975 in the active reserves and received an Honorable
Discharge in 1975.
        John and Sally chose to stay in the area with their
specialized business and, in so doing, put Monroe
County on the aviation map. Individuals interested in
the future of aviation as well as the future of the
Monroe County Airport and its contribution to economic
development, salute John Fogle. He is honored for his
passion for aviation and is missed by many, including
the pilots who depended on him to keep their planes
airworthy ... to keep them flying
        In addition to being an accomplished aviator and an
expert in his craft, John was a wonderful father to
three children and an admired and loved grandfather of

<Our Readers Write

Dear Editor,
        The Governor and legislative leaders have recently
passed a bill to take $230 million of the Ohio Tobacco
Prevention Foundation (OTPF) endowment to fund a new
state initiative, leaving OTPF with only enough money
to fund one year of programming.
        Raiding OTPF’s endowment will jeopardize health
services that are saving Ohioans’ lives today, which
includes the Monroe County Tobacco Prevention program
that currently provides prevention programming to
citizens of Monroe County.
        OTPF’s programs are proven-effective and have reduced
Ohio’s tobacco use by more than 40 percent among youth
and nearly 15 percent among adults. There are nearly
375,000 fewer adult smokers in Ohio now than in 2003 -
1 17 percent decease, which is nearly double the
national average.
        Without continued,long-term funding from OTPF, the
Monroe County Tobacco Prevention program will be
unable to sustain programming to our area and OTPF
won’t be able to help future generations of Ohioans.
That means that Monroe Countains will likely not have
the resources to successfully quit for good and change
their lives for the better.
        One life lost to tobacco is too many, let alone the
roughly 19,000 Ohioans who die every year from
preventable smoking-related illnesses. We urge our
legislators to change their minds and allow OTPF to
keep its endowment to fund programming that is making
a difference in the lives of Ohioans.
Carol Hehr
Monroe County Tobacco Prevention

Dear Editor,
        As the temperatures warm, the fields begin to green
and new life springs around us, celebrating National
Donate Life Month seems fitting. There are currently
91,000 men, women and children on the waiting list for
a life-saving transplant. This year, four times as
many people are on the organ transplant waiting list
than will be transplanted. On average, 17 Americans
die each day due to a lack of available organs. Did
you know that one donor can save the lives of seven
people and enhance the lives of 50 others?
        Because of God’s grace and a very generous decision
from a loving family who had just lost their 14 year
old daughter, I am alive today. Born with Cystic
Fibrosis, a genetic disease of the lungs and digestive
system that slowly, but surely, does its best to zap
every breath you take, I was told that my only hope of
survival was to have a double-lung transplant. Five
years and eight months ago I was given the gift of
life and received new lungs. Since that time, I have
lived a life that I never dreamed I would even live to
see, let along live so fully. I have gone from not
being able to walk across the room without getting
short of breath to being able to complete the Ogden
20K in Wheeling in May of 2007. Daily activities that
most people take for granted like taking a shower,
climbing stairs, and carrying in groceries required so
much energy and oxygen that I would become fatigued. I
felt like I was failing in every aspect of my life,
from being a good wife, daughter, and sister to being
a good aunt to my nieces and nephews whom I loved
dearly and wanted to spend as much time with as
possible. Praise God, since the transplant, I have a
new life. Oxygen tanks and three times a day breathing
treatments are a thing of the past. I have energy to
complete daily tasks, play, exercise and even run a
business. I am thrilled to share my story with others
and appreciate every opportunity to encourage others
to make the most of their time they have been given
through proper nutrition and exercise. Transplants
never come without some complications, precautions,
and medications, but the life I am enjoying now far
outweighs any negative consequences of transplant. I
daily praise God for the lungs he is allowing me to
use and care for. Having a transplant makes one
appreciate the little things in life. We too often
forget that good health is one of the greatest
blessings of all.
        Being an organ and/or tissue donor is one of the most
generous things you can do. All major religious groups
support organ and tissue donation as a generous act of
charity. People of all ages and medical histories can
donate life. I am proof that transplantation works.
The good news is that each year more than 27,000 lives
are saved through the kindness of organ donors. It is
worth noting that in a world where we hear so much
negativity and seem to have so many problems, there
are still many loving, kind people who are willing to
help others. Perhaps if we could all stop counting our
troubles for just a moment, we might realize the
blessings we have. Receiving new lungs has been a
blessing beyond what I ever deserve, but one I cherish
with every breath. I hope you will consider
saying”yes” to organ and tissue donation. You can
register your wishes at the BMV and sign up in the
Ohio Donor Registry. Tell your family of your wishes.
Wearing or displaying a green ribbon signifies support
of organ and tissue donation. For more information,
contact www.lifeofohio.org or call 1-800-525-5667.
        I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome
everyone to the Great Strides for Cystic Fibrosis Walk
on May 17. The walk will begin at 1 p.m. and will be
held at Deerassic Park, just outside Cambridge. Please
help us find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Of every
dollar donated, .90 is used to fund the vital programs
of the CF Foundation. Recently, the CF Foundation
received recognition in Smart Money as the number one
health-related charity in the country.
Thank you and God Bless,
Janet Reed, Woodsfield

< Obituaries (read the full obituary in the paper) 

        Gladys C. Doe, 95, Caldwell, died April 14, 2008, at
Summit Acres Skilled Nursing and Rehab in Caldwell.
She was born Sept. 27, 1912, in Cameron, a daughter of
the late Earl S. and Stella J. Jones Ward of
Woodsfield.     Send an online condolence or share a fond
memory of Gladys at  www.chandlerfuneralhome.net

        Jesse Adam (Chap) Ault, 28, Dublin, Va., formerly of
Middlebourne, W.Va., died April 9, 2008 in Tunnis,
Iraq. He was born Feb. 8, 1980, in Wheeling, a son of
Ronald Ault and Virginia Elaine von Dran Ault

        Dale E. Hoke, 65, 45824 Pfalzgraf Rdg. Rd.,
Woodsfield, died April 20, 2008, at Ohio Valley
Medical Center, Wheeling. He was born Feb. 3, 1943,
near Bellaire, a son of the late Paul Andrew Hoke and
Nellie Marie Palmer Hoke. Online condolences may be
expressed at:

        Edna E. Tallman, 91, Woodsfield, died April 21,
2008. Visiting hours are April 23, 3:30 - 5 and 7 - 9
p.m. at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where
service will be held April 24, at 1 p.m.

Dan Kelley, 53, Zanesville, formerly of Jerusalem,
died April 14, 2008, in Millersport. He was born April
13, 1955 in Wheeling, a son of Herb and Jeane Rowley
Kelley.         Online condolences may be offered at

        Samuel James Schultz, 54, Pleasant City, formerly of
Woodsfield, passed away after a battle with cancer on
April 14, 2008. He was born Nov. 28, 1953, in New
Martinsville, W.Va., a son of the late Lucy Goddard
Schultz and Frank Schultz. Online condolences may be
expressed at: www.bauerturner.com

        Juanita Landefeld, 94, formerly of Miltonsburg and
Somerton, died April 18, 2008, in Woodsfield Nursing
and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Oct. 13, 1913,
in Belmont County, a daughter of the late Oliver R.
Clift and Maude F. Knox Clift. Memorial contributions
may be made to the Jerusalem Church of Christ,
Somerton Church of Christ, and Somerset Township
Community Park. www.bauerturner.com

        Dorothy Ellen Christman, 87, died April 13, 2008, in
Belmont Community Hospital. She was born July 7, 1920,
a daughter of Stephen R. and Nora J. Beardmore.

        Donna Jean Norris Ruble, 59, Woodsfield, died April
15, 2008 , at Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation
Center after a long battle with cancer. She was born
August 31, 1948, in Monroe County a daughter of the
late Guy (Jake) R. Norris who died in 1999 and Mary
Elizabeth (Libby) Norris who died in 1990.      Online
condolences may be expressed at www.bauerturner.com


        Homer H. Drake, 90, Grays-ville, died April 19, 2008,
at Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He
was born August 15, 1917, in Monroe County, Wayne
Township, a son of the late Blaine and Stella Burkhart
Drake.  Online condolences may be expressed online at


        Catherine A. Rothenbuhler, 81, Sunfish Creed Road,
Cameron, died April 15, 2008, at Wheeling Hospital,
Medical Park, Wheeling, W.Va. She was born March 4,
1927, in Cameron, a daughter of the late Carl Jones
and Clara Ault Jones.

<Around the Burnside

By Denny Easterling

A wise child brings joy to a father; a foolish child
brings grief to a mother.
        Ill gotten gain has no lasting value, but right
living can save your life.
        Isn’t it great how a couple of days of sunshine makes
you feel? Almost like getting out and digging in the
ground. Nothing like watching dormant flowers, trees
and grass coming back to perk us up, even if we know
it’s the start of the mow, mow season. Seems as though
just about everything goes green. The paper, TV and
the like, have been telling us “Go Green.” Now it is.
My seasons are ranked spring, fall, summer and winter.
I don’t know how any one can go through our springtime
and not realize there is a higher authority in charge
and responsible for this happening.
        I forgot to mention the “Know Show” last week. Not
only it is an excellent show by all the exhibitors but
a chance to visit with friends you may have not talked
with for a while. Moving it to the Walnut Center
seemed to give a bit more room and a chance to view
and talk with exhibitors without being crowded.
        Once again I have waited and waited each year for a
call after the Know Show; once again no phone call. I
did not win a single prize, one more year, although I
did get my year’s supply of pens and pencils. I’d be
interested to know how many times I’ve signed my name.
I even forgot my address stickers this year, and
goodness knows I have enough of those to last until
the year 3000.
        I was invited a couple of weeks ago to attend the
Shenandoah FFA banquet. What an enjoyable evening. Not
only was the food excellent ,but it was a joy to see
and hear these high school students carry out their
plans without the adults sticking their noses in. The
teacher, however, did make the student award
presentation and that was about it. What a display of
leadership development of our young people, which is
probably the number one reason  for the FFA
        I recall having a student who failed English because
he would not get up in front of the class and give a
speech. He gave an activity report at our banquet. He
was an officer at the time. Leadership?
        Do our agriculture students have this opportunity at
the present time? It seems as though since the program
at Swiss Hills was dropped to a one-teacher
department, the FFA has gone by the wayside as you
hear very little if anything regarding their
activities. This is too bad as the FFA is inactive,
and we lost the Ag Science class for Monroe Central
freshmen and sophomores. Kind of sad. I hate to
realize why.
        I remember when a Swiss Hills FFA team would arrive
for a contest, and the other teams in the contest
realized, from experience, they were in for
competition. Proof is there was no more room to hang
trophies and awards on the classroom walls from
district and state contests over the years. I wonder
if they are still hanging there or if anyone cares.
        I hate to be so negative, but I just cannot help it.
When you’ve been so close to something since you
graduated from high school some 65 years ago, you just
can’t help it when you see it dying on the vine, which
is what seems to be happening to our Agriculture
Program at Swiss Hills. I hope I’m wrong.
        While I’m in the mood I suspect you’ve heard about
the teacher losing a day’s pay over “trailer trash.”
You just have to be careful what you say anymore, or
it will go national on TV and the local media tries to
make it sound like the worst thing that can happen.
        In defense, the teacher did not call her students
“trailer trash”. She said, “If you act like trailer
trash, I’ll treat you like trailer trash.” Probably a
poor choice of words, however, I know I’ve said the
same thing but didn’t refer to “trailer trash,”
probably something worse. In all of the reports I
heard about the teacher, I never heard one word of
about what her students were doing to cause her to
utter this “awful” statement. When I was in school a
student or two might have received some whacks from
the board of education, and that would be it. We have
such a thin skin nowadays.
        This whole thing reminded me it hasn’t been too long
ago we heard something about trailer trash in
reference to the portable buildings used by Monroe
Central students. Even to the point of students and
others wearing T-shirts with something regarding
attending school in trailers. Didn’t seem to get many
people upset.
        Do  you realize if you had a billion dollars and
spent $1000 a day, it would take you 2740 years to
spend it? Might be fun to try.
        Habit starts out as a thread. As new threads are
added, it becomes a rope we cannot break.
        Excuse #9 One section of the church will have some
trees and grass for those who see God in nature,
especially on the golf course.
        Bible readings: (Mon.) Psalm 1:30; From Daniel
(Tues.) 9:1-3; (Wed.) 9:4-10; (Thurs.) 9:11-14; (Fri.)
9:15-19; (Sat.) 9:20-23; (Sun.) 9:24-27.