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<Charges Filed Against Driver







St. Clairsville Attorney Eric Costine filed a written 'not guilty' plea last week on behalf of a substitute school bus driver accused of leaving a mentally and physically handicapped MRDD client on her bus for six
Anita S. Lafollette, 52840 SR800, Malaga, has been charged with one count of patient endangerment and one
count of child endangerment. Both are first degree misdemeanors.
Lafollette is accused of leaving 20-year-old Dina R. Prince on a school bus from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Lafollette had delivered the children to school and taken the bus home, where she parked until her return trip.

<Commissioners, Belmont Tech Consider Action for Education

Dr. Joseph Bukowski, president, BTC and Misty Casto of Buckeye Hills,

The possibility of a Belmont Technical College branch in Monroe is being considered, according to discussion at the Jan. 30 meeting of Monroe County commissioners, who also met the new grants writer. Misty Casto of Buckeye Hills, told commissioners that T.J. Justice, director, Governor's Office of Appalachia, Ohio Department of Development, has committed up to $15,000 in grant monies to cover no more than 50 percent of the cost of a feasibility study. The study may or may not result in bringing a branch of Belmont Technical College to Monroe County.
Dr. Joseph Bukowski, president, BTC, said the BTC Board  of Trustees met Jan. 25 to review quotes from eight vendors. He said the quotes ran from $32,000 to $186,000.
It was noted that the top three vendors were selected for interviews. Their cost range is from $32,000 to $60,000. He also noted that interviews will not be held until it is learned whether or not the county is able to secure its share of the cost.
In addition to the grant, BTC and Monroe County would share the remaining cost of the study.
Commissioner Mark Forni suggested that if TANF (temporary assistance for needy families) monies can be used, then money not used by Buckeye Hills to pay the salary of an economic developer might be available to meet the county's share. Casto explained that since an economic developer has not been hired, there will be money in that fund. She said as long as it's an allowable cost, it can be done.
"If we can use it - we will be able to go forward," said Forni, adding the county does not have the money in its General Fund.
The commitment for the DOD grant, according to a letter from Justice, will remain in effect until April 20. A letter of acceptance and a completed application are necessary prior to that date.
Bukowski said the concept [of a higher education
center] is to find a location and offer some courses and classes that will eventually get people on a track to earning a degree.
In other matters, Casto reported that Buckeye Hills is working on a four-county Employer Needs Survey. The survey will help them figure out the workforce development and training needs of the Monroe, Noble, Morgan and Washington county area. Proposals were reviewed last week for the online surveys. Casto said the survey is interactive and suggested that business owners without access to the internet could use the Broadband Center equipment, located at Commerce Park, to go online.
Commission President Francis 'Sonny' Block  commended Buckeye Hills for doing the Employer Needs Survey.
Attending the meeting with Casto was Renee Wilde, hired by Buckeye Hills to work full-time as the grants writer for Monroe County. She began her duties Jan. 16. Her office is located in the Black Walnut Center at Commerce Park.
Mary Jo Westfall, grants administrator, OSU
Extension, spoke to officials about the Switzer Water Association Tank Rehabilitation project. On a motion by Forni, officials accepted the bid from Mid-Atlantic Storage Systems, Inc., Washington Court House, in the amount of $4,947.
<Committee to Consider Pulling Plug on Free Power by Arlean Selvy

Woodsfield Municipal Power got it's December electric bill  from AMP Ohio - $136,000. It was reported at the Feb. 5 council meeting that the department lacks the funds to pay that bill.
Following lengthy discussion by village council and Municipal Power Supt. Floyd Longwell, it was decided that officials will explore every avenue in an attempt to bring the department back to solvency.
On a motion by Councilman Dale English, a committee will look into how it can change the giving away of electricity to village departments and the athletic field.  Mayor Bill Bolon appointed a committee and it includes council members Carol Hehr, Vernon Henthorn and English.
The committee was directed to bring a recommendation to the next meeting of council.

<Service Under New Ownership




Woodsfield and Barnesville Veterinary Service is now under new ownership. David and Martha Ralston and Russell Ball, (Martha's father) who reside in Barnesville, took over the business in January.
Barnesville Veterinary Ser-vices was started by Fritz Claugus in the 1940's. His son Fred worked with his father and eventually took over the business. He worked until his death in 2005 when he died during a routine animal call near Woodsfield.
Until the recent purchase, Fred's wife, Jean, owned the Barnesville service, along with the Woodsfield office, which Fritz and Fred Claugus opened in the 1980's.

<~ First Baptist Church Donates to Warm the Children ~

Photo by Sheila McKee

Members of the Woodsfield First Baptist Church
recently collected donations totaling $377 for the
Warm the Children program. Presenting the check are children from the Wednesday night "Team Kid" program.
Front from left:  Rose Lucio, Brooke Dick, Ashtin Austin, Davey Ridgeway, Morgan Dick, Josh Lucio; back row from left: Allen Christman, Shelby Wilson, Alex Austin, Nate Shrock, Melvin Blockton and Megan Schumacher.              

 <Around the Burnside



A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger.
The wise person makes learning a joy; fools spout only foolishness.
Did I read this somewhere? Yes, I guess I did. The State of Ohio sold 10 million gallons of liquor last
year. Man, that's a lot of booze. Think of how many
headaches that could cause and how much money just
went down the drain, for the most part. If my math is
correct this is 200,000 fifty gallon drums of the
stuff. That would fill a bunch of bathtubs.
Skilled Games have invaded Caldwell. I wonder if any
are planned for our county? These games have caused
quite a stir in a few towns in the valley. I know
nothing about them, and don't want to know, but I
understand the player stops the wheels instead of the
machine. Believe me this takes a lot of skill to do
this. I know some three year olds that could do this
with little or no instruction. If they are skill
games, someone should develop skill enough to win
every time, which has about as much of a chance
happening as a snowball in you know where. There
always seems to be someone trying to dig in your
pocket for money.
I can't understand how the state can say the skill
games are legal and are so ickey-picky of the games at
fairs. I agree with their fair requirements. Oh well,
neither are going to dig into my pockets for money.
I know this happened 100 years ago but they are just
too good not to share and it also is proof some things
haven't changed much over the years.
The operation of the dog tax law making the tax from
all dogs found on the premises a lien against real
estate; has caused a Xenia man to pay $1 taxes on his
dogs while the taxes on his real estate amounted to
The only thing that has changed about the following
in the past 100 years is the amount of money. Noble
county collects over $120,000 a year from her
taxpayers. Uncle Sam collects twice as much more. It
is an outrage. One-half of our tax dollars is
flittered away in useless extravagance. What has 1906
given us for our money? Hold conventions, cuss,
discuss, procuss, concuss and recuss.
Too often, the opportunity knocks, but by the time
you push back the chain, push back the bolt, unhook
the two locks and shut off the burglar alarm, it's too
As I write, the gas prices have not started to climb
back up, however, just wait, it will only be a matter
of time until they figure out how they can get them
back up.
Do you remember when you drove into a "filling
station" and your car ran over a hose laying across
the drive? A little bell went "ding" inside and
someone came out, pumped your gas, cleaned your
windshield, checked your oil and asked if they could
do anything else for you. All of this happened with a
smile and often an exchange of some interesting gossip
or friendly words. We called it a filling station.
Now we call their places "service" stations and none
of this happens. You fill your car with gas and if you
want you may clean your windshield or check your oil
but don't forget to go inside and pay the person
standing by the cash box looking at a little gizmo
that tells them how much you owe. On the other hand,
if you have the right kind of a card you can jam it
into the pump, jerk it out, fill your car with gas and
you're on your way. They now call this service. What
was it we called service back on the farm?
Well, I hope you snowbirds are happy. Me? I hope it's
gone by the time you read this. I do understand the
ski slopes have suffered due to the lack of snow.
Gone are the days when it was fun to roll in the
snow, make angels in the snow, sled ride, throw
snowballs, build a snowman and enjoy the snow. We did
learn you didn't build your snow fort at the bottom of
the hill. I can't understand now why we didn't
complain when we had to climb back up the hill in
order to ride our sled down.
I have seen more snowmen standing in people's yards
so far this year than I have for several years. This
is good. The wet snow we had a while back would have
been ideal to make a snowman or have a snowball fight.
I couldn't join a snowball fight now days as my curve
ball left me years ago. Get caught throwing a snowball
at school today and you know what is mud. Kids just
don't know what fun is now days.
Oh yes, I've seen plenty of four wheeler tracks in
the snow but very few sled tracks, I wonder why? Did
you know there is now available what they call a
motorized scooter that has two front wheels for
safety? If you're interested you can pick one up for
about seven thousand bucks. I think I'll pass.
It certainly pays to advertise, there are 26
mountains in Colorado higher than Pike's Peak.
Snow keep you from church Sunday?
Bible readings: (Mon.) Jude 17-25; (Tues.) Proverbs
8:22-32; from John (Wed.) 11:1-6; (Thurs.) 11:7-16;
(Fri.) 11:17-27; (Sat.) 11:28-37; (Sun.) 11:38-44.

< Our Readers Write: Letters to the Editor Dear Editor,
Something needs to  be done about our jury system and how jurors are chosen. You should not be able to be "summoned" two times in 12 days. The judicial system is seriously burdening its working citizens when this happens, and it has happened to my family.
My husband is the sole support for our household
since I was laid off a year ago. In his line of work he gets paid by the job, if he doesn't work he doesn't get paid - point blank. His job retention is based on his productivity, if he is not there to produce, it is obvious his production goes down and he stands to be laid off, too. With the very slow economy in the area, the people that do have jobs are trying their hardest to hold on to them. When you mandate something like this, it is a hardship people should not have to do so often. I know many people that it would not be such a hardship on, and they have never been called. I understand him having to do it the first time, but two times in 12 days is excessive.
In order for us to pay our bills and put food on the table, he has had to take his hard earned vacation days to make up for his loss of income. He only gets one week a year and only has one day left, and it is only January.
So, I ask the citizens of Monroe County, do you think this is fair, because I don't.
Debbie Howell

< Obituaries
(read the full obituary in the paper) 

denotes veteran

<Philip A. Heil, 58, Wooster, died Jan. 30, 2007, at his residence after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born Dec. 11, 1948, in Bellaire, a son of Albert Heil of Woodsfield, and the late Eileen McCloud Heil.

<Verna M. Ritchie, 90, died Feb. 1, 2007. She was a resident of Oakmont Manor in Flatwoods, Ky., and under
the care of Community Hospice. She was born July 25, 1916, at Hannibal, a daughter of Bart W. Martin and
Ada Talbot Martin.

<Dr. Barry Lee Yoss, 59, Temecula, Calif., died Jan. 28, 2007, in Temecula, of liver cancer. He was born April 17, 1947, in Columbus, Ohio, a son of Leland and Shirley Yoss of Palm Desert, Calif.

<Florence Lallathin, 84, West Union Rd., Sardis, died Feb. 1, 2007, at Crestview Health Care Center, St.
Clairsville. She was born July 6, 1922, in Antioch, a daughter of the late Clarence Lude and Clara Hoff Lude.

<Chalmer "Bud" Campbell, 70, Beallsville, died Feb. 3,
2007, in Trinity East Hospital, Steuben-ville. He was
born June 11, 1936, in Marshall County, W. Va., a son
of the late Chalmer and Emma Moore Campbell.

<Ronald D. Norris, 62, Woods-field, died Jan. 31, 2007, at Aultman Hospital, Canton. He was born July
21, 1944, in Woodsfield, a son of Aleta Richeson Norris of Woodsfield and the late Wilbert "Jack" Norris

<E. Ruth Miracle, 80, 317 Devon Rd., Woodsfield, died Feb. 2, 2007, at the Ohio Valley Medical Center,
Wheeling. She was born Dec. 24, 1926, at Rinard Mills, a daughter of the late Floyd and Jessie Joy Rinard.

<Mae Burkhart Van Dyne, 92, Barnesville, died Jan. 30, 2007, in Barnesville Health Care Center. She was born March 31, 1914, in Belmont County, a daughter of the late Grover and Lena Fraley Burkhart.