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<Headlines & Obituaries for Dec. 14, 2006     < News Archives    

< Holiday Deadlines: Please Note


Holiday Deadlines:
Dec. 28 Beacon Deadline: Wednesday, Dec. 20
Jan. 4 Beacon Deadline: Wednesday, Dec. 27
Christmas Angels and Church Services Listing - In Dec. 21 Edition: Deadline is Friday, Dec. 15

< Ormet Power Restored

On Dec. 11, Ormet's Chief Executive Officer Ken Campbell issued the following statement:
"At midnight this morning, electrical power was
restored to 35 pots on the west end of potline No. 5.
We expect to extract metal from these first pots in approximately seven to 10 days."

< Armed Robbery

A man identified as white, of average build, and in his late 20's held up the Par Mar (Chevron) station in Hannibal last week.
The county sheriff's office is investigating the
incident,  which happened at about 11:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 7.
According to Sheriff Tim Price, Par Mar employee Roy Campbell called his office at 11:35 p.m. and reported the man entered the store and approached the counter at which time he produced a weapon and demanded money
from the register. Campbell said he placed the
money in a plastic bag and gave it to the man, who then ran out of the store and left in a vehicle, driving north on SR7.
Campbell described the car as dark blue or purple, four door, and without a visible license number.
The robber was described as a white male of average build in his late 20s to early 30s with brown hair. He was wearing blue jeans, a brown jacket and a red cap.
Sheriff Price is asking anyone who may have
information pertinent to the investigation to call the sheriff's office at 740-472-1612.

< Pamida Foundation Donates
to Woodsfield SOMA Food Pantry

The Pamida Foundation made a $500 donation recently to the Woodsfield Food Bank operated by the Switzerland of Ohio Ministerial Association. From left are Delbert LeMasters, director of the Woodsfield Food Bank, and Pamida Store Manager John Voorhees.     
     Photo by Gwynn Clifford

Read more in the Dec. 14 edition...

by Gwynn Clifford
Staff Writer

In an effort to help ease the financial food burden for some local residents, the Pamida Foundation made a $500 donation to the Woodsfield Food Bank operated by the Switzer-land of Ohio Ministerial Association (SOMA). Nationally, the Foundation is donating more
than $100,000 for this cause.
According to the United States Department of
Agriculture, food accounts for 15 to 20 percent of child-rearing expenses for families.
"At Pamida, corporate citizenship is more than a
responsibility, it is a privilege," said Pamida Store Manager John Voorhees. "We are proud to be a partner in Monroe County and proud to give back to the people that support us every day."
The Woodsfield Food Pantry is located at St. Paul's United Church of Christ on South Main St. It serves approximately 500 people each month and distributes 12,000 to 18,000 pounds of food monthly.

< Beallsville Legion Donates to Project Lifesaver 



~ Beallsville Legion Donates to Project Lifesaver  ~
Beallsville American Legion Post 768 donated $400 to Project Lifesaver, initiated recently by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. Ed Vargo, commander, Post 768, made the presentation to Sheriff Tim Price during the Nov. 27 meeting of County Commissioners. According to Vargo, the donation will sponsor a personalized radio transmitter. The transmitter is worn on a wristband by individuals suffering from problems such as Alzheimer's, Downs Syndrome or Autism - people who may wander away from their residences or become confused. The device carries a price tag of about $385 each. The transmitter emits a unique tracking signal every second, 24-hours a day. If a person wearing the
wristband wanders away, chances are they will be located by officials within 30 minutes. From left are County Commissioner Mark Forni, Sheriff Price, Vargo and County Commissioner Francis 'Sonny' Block.

< ReBay Boasts Cleanest Content

Read more in the Dec. 14 edition...

by Arlean Selvy

Not often do we hear "recyclables" and "clean" in the same sentence - but one Monroe County businessman was commended on having the cleanest recyclables in the six-county region of the Southeast Ohio Joint Solid Waste Management District (SOJSWD).
Paul Bunning, CEO, ReBay Recycling, Woodsfield, said a hauler for the solid waste district reported at a recent meeting of the group that of the counties he services, Monroe County has the cleanest recyclables.

<Six-Year-old Earns Fire Safety Award


Photo by Martha Ackerman




~ Six-Year-old Earns Fire Safety Award ~
Six-year-old Jacob Hooper saved the day for his
family a few weeks ago. Jacob was watching TV when he heard something. When he turned around, a candle, a decoration and a shelf were afire. His quick response in alerting his mother, who was in another room, and his father, who was outside, saved their home from a tragedy. For his quick response in alerting his family of the fire, Mike Young, chief of the Woodsfield
Volunteer Fire Department, presented Jacob with a Fire Safety Award and a fireman's hat. Jacob was thrilled with the hat and couldn't wait to take it to school to show his classmates. The son of Steve and Angie Hooper, he is a first grade student at St. Sylvester Central School.       Photo by Martha Ackerman

< Padgett Donates Ohio Flag

Williams, Jones and Senator Padgett.

Above, from left, are: David Love, Kevin Kraft, Troy Hickman, Phillip Cook, Trish Henthorn, Danny Jones, D.J. Hagan, Joy Padgett, Chris Brown, Carolyn Williams, Lacey Fankhauser, Stevie Rawlins, Kim Weber and Helen K. Ring.

Photo by Martha Ackerman

State Senator Joy Padgett visited Monroe Achievement
Center and M.A.C.O. Workshop Dec. 8 and presented the
facility with a new Ohio state flag. Helen K. Ring,
superintendent, gave Senator Padgett a tour of the
school and workshop.
Carolyn Williams, Senior Vice of V.F.W. Post 5303
Auxiliary, and Danny Jones, of V.F.W. Post 5303, were
on hand to present a new American Flag.
M.A.C.O. Workshop employees and students attended a
short ceremony where the two flags were raised on the
flag pole.

< Obituaries
(read the full obituary in the paper) 

< Olive Fankhauser Kalnai, 90, Beavercreek, formerly of Monroe County, died Dec. 7, 2006, in Hospitality Homes East in Xenia. She was born Dec. 21, 1915, in Monroe County, a daughter of the late Harry and Viola Berkey Fankhauser.

< Carl "Sonny" A. Minger, Jr., Sardis, died Dec. 8, 2006, in the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, Clarksburg, W. Va. He was born Feb. 4, 1943, in New Martinsville, the son of the late Carl A., Sr. and Lula Mae Gump Minger.

< Thelma Pearl Hensel, 84, Greenbriar Rd., New Matamoras, died Dec. 9, 2006, at Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born July 28, 1922, in Carrollton, a daughter of the late Willard Cline and Lula Hooper Cline.

< Jeloy M. Freeman, 68, of Jackson, died Dec. 10, 2006, at Holzer Medical Center of Jackson. She was born May 14, 1938, in Platte, SD, to the late Nicholas and Edith Vander-Heiden Pranger.

< Frank D. McHugh, 91, Greenbrier Rd., New Matamoras, died Dec. 12, 2006, at Arbors Nursing Home, Marietta. Arrangements pending at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield.

< Lillian M. Robertson, 75, Lewisville, died Dec. 12, 2006, at Marietta Memorial Hospital. Arrangements pending at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield.

<Around the Burnside

by Denny Easterling

The talk of fools is a rod for their backs, but the
words of the wise keep them out of trouble.
An empty stable stays clean, but no income comes from
an empty stable.
Sixty-five years ago, a junior in high school, hardly
a care in the world, just messing around on a Sunday
afternoon with a couple of buddies, learned the
Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor.
Although difficult to realize it actually happened,
little did he realize what a change it would make in
his life.
His Dad, along with others, thought the U.S. would
take care of them in short order but soon was saying
"All three of my boys will have to join the service."
This proved to be true.
During the final semester of his senior year he
enrolled and attended Muskingum College enrolled in
the V5 program for Naval Officer Training. Rheumatic
fever raised its ugly head and put an end to this.
Later in the year he found himself at the Great Lakes
Naval Training Center. Little did he realize then he
would be involved in one of the bloodiest battles in
the Pacific and spend six months in the enemy's
He learned in Japan the Japanese people were not
monsters and the Japanese found out we Americans were
not so bad after all. In fact, he had the best six
months of his time in the service.
While in Japan he had the opportunity to see the
destruction caused by a single atomic bomb dropped on
the two Japanese cities. It's impossible to describe
and realize that this much damage and destruction
could be caused by a single bomb.
On the other hand, as a part of his duties in Japan
he realized the number of lives that would have been
lost had the U.S. invaded Japan.
As you have probably guessed the junior in high
school was me. I have often wondered what my life
would have been if all of this had not happened. I'm
almost sure I wouldn't have spent 34 enjoyable years
living in Monroe County. In spite of the ups and
downs, I wouldn't change a thing. I really have many,
many reasons for attending church on Sunday.
I thought I might share an anonymous poem I received
in a Christmas Card:
'Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone
in a one bedroom house made of plaster and stone.
I had come down the chimney with presents to give,
and to see just who in this home did live. I looked
all about, a strange sight I did see, no tinsel, no
presents, not even a tree. No stocking by the mantle,
just boots filled with sand, on the wall hung pictures
of far distant lands.
With medals and badges, awards of all kinds, a sober
thought came through my mind, for this house was
different, it was dark and dreary, I found the home of
a soldier, once I could see clearly.
The soldier lay sleeping, silent alone, curled up on
the floor in this one bedroom home. The face was so
gentle, the room such disorder, not how I pictured a
United States soldier. Was this the hero of whom I'd
just read? Curled up on a poncho, the floor a bed?
I realized the families that I saw that night owed
their lives to these soldiers who were willing to
fight. Soon 'round the world, the children would play,
and grownups would celebrate a bright Christmas day.
They all enjoyed freedom each month of the year,
because of the soldiers, like the one lying here.
I couldn't help wonder how many lay alone, on a cold
Christmas Eve in a land far from home. The very
thought brought a tear to my eye, I dropped to my
knees and started to cry. The soldier awakened and I
heard a rough voice, "Santa don't cry, this life is my
choice, I fight for freedom, I don't ask for more, my
life is my God, my country my corps."
The soldier rolled over and drifted to sleep, I
couldn't control it, I continued to weep. I kept watch
for hours for silent and still and we both shivered
from the cold nights' chill. I didn't want to leave on
that cold, dark night, this guardian of honor so
willing to fight. Then the soldier rolled over, with a
voice soft and pure, whispered, "Carry on Santa, it's
Christmas Day, all is secure."
One look at my watch and I knew he was right. "Merry
Christmas my friend, and to all a good night."
Don't forget to say a prayer for all our service men
and women whereever they are. They need our support
and our prayers.
Remember "The Reason for the Season."
Bible reading: Luke 1:1 to 2:35.