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<Commissioners, Educators, Businessmen Discuss Higher
Educational Opportunities








by Arlean Selvy
   A group of 18 individuals of diverse backgrounds and a common interest gathered for a meeting last week
with Monroe County commissioners.
   All are interested in moving Monroe forward with regard to educational opportunities.
   Ryan Scribner, legislative liaison for the Ohio Board of Regents, told the group he had come to the meeting to learn what the community's vision is for providing increased access to higher education. He said he would relay the information to the Board of Regents to see if they can be helpful in providing support, whether in an advisory capacity or any other way they can. He noted, however, that the Board of Regents has no money right now to put in a study, adding that discussions are ongoing to help communities like Monroe County.
   He said a needs assessment is an "essential first step."
   The assessment (feasibility study) was discussed during a Jan. 30 meeting among county commissioners, Dr. Joseph Bukowski, president, Belmont Technical College, and Misty Casto, Buckeye Hills - Hocking Valley Regional Development District. At that meeting they determined the agencies would work together to fund the study. As of the Feb. 16 meeting, commissioners had not yet found the county's full share. Commissioner Mark Forni reported that Buckeye Hills has agreed to release $7,500 that would have been used toward salary for an economic developer, had one been hired soon after they contracted to administer the economic development program.
   "If you have $7,500, we have a deal right now," Bukowski told officials. His announcement was applauded by attendees. Forni said he felt the county could promise the $7,500 - and added they will continue to seek the remaining $7,500.

<Haney Hired as new Monroe JFS Director




by Arlean Selvy

   She started her career in the public assistance field in 1977 as a food stamp clerk ... on March 5 former Monroe County resident Deborah 'Debbie' Haney will assume a full time position as director of Monroe County Job and Family Services.

    "As interim director, she has done an excellent job," said County Commissioner Mark Forni. He noted all applications were worthy. "I think we hired the most qualified."

   Twenty-six people applied for the job and commissioners interviewed nine of them.Haney, formerly of Stafford and a current resident of New-port, was hired as interim director on Jan. 10, replacing Vaughn Smith who resigned effective Jan. 6.

   "I think our choice is a good one," said County Commissioner Francis 'Sonny' Block, noting Haney has over 25 years of experience.

< ~ Carl Day Takes Monroe County Flag to Iraq ~


   SFC Carl Day is now stationed in Iraq. What was the one thing he wanted to take with him on this assignment? A Monroe County Flag! Day, who has served 23 years in the military, was set to retire in June but Uncle Sam decided to send him to Iraq for a year. Having relatives in Monroe County, Day says, "Down home, almost heaven, Monroe County." Bethel Community Center answered a call to borrow a county flag to accompany Day on his travels. "Things are progressing here and have eight weeks left," writes Day to his mother, Ellen Day of Canton. Pictured at sunny Camp Zaytun with the Monroe County Flag are Day, his team and his Iraqi interpreters, who are identified by first names only. From left, are: front, SFC Patrick Reagan, Cpt. Mark Hull, Maj. Willie Nuckols, Robin, Carlos, SFC Carl D. Day, SSG David Tyner, SFC Michael Swam, Robert; back, Cpt. Ben Knoblet, Maj. Lee Overby, LTG Art Grimaldi, Saipan, Big Mack, MSG Travis Edwards and John. "Please keep him and his family in your prayers and for his safe return," asks his mother.

 <Around the Burnside



     Only the wise can give good advice; fools cannot do so.                Whoever abandons the right path will be severely
punished; whoever hates correction will die.
We're still getting snow, something like the rain in
January. I hope when the sun decides to break through
the clouds it does the same thing. On the other hand,
snow cover in the back yard can be interesting. You
can see the tracks of all the creepy crawlers who use
your backyard. I'm not an expert on identifying animal
tracks except rabbit tracks. I can spot them as there
seems to be a couple or so nesting under nearby
buildings. I just noticed a rabbit had come from under
a neighbor's building but it must have decided it was
too cold to go hopping around as the tracks went right
back under the building.
I think we are having our share of low temperature
the last few days and days to come. When we had the
warm weather we heard how the gas company was having
such a tough time because of low gas usage. Now that
we've had some below zero weather you never hear a
word except maybe the price is going up. When I looked
at my January bill, I used almost the same amount of gas this year in January as I did last year. So - What's the Beef?
     You know I still cannot understand our gas company. Each bill I receive has a little note, you could buy gas from another distributor at a cheaper price. Hey, that's a good deal, don't you wish all the bills you receive had this offer? What they don't tell you is how much they will charge to deliver this cheap gas to you.
     What if Kroger had a big sign on their window saying, "You can purchase your groceries cheaper at Giant Eagle, but we have to deliver them to you for a price." There's a lot of things I do not understand, did you notice how quickly gasoline price went up after it took a drop. I guess Exxon and Mobil didn't want anything to eat into their billion dollar pay day profit. Hey, maybe the new administration can do something about this.
     How about this? Back in the old days a farmer drove his wagon to town to do some trading. He stopped in front of a feed store but the store had no hitching post. Seeing a man standing nearby doing nothing he asked, "Would you mind holding my team while I do some trading?" "I'll have you know that I am a member of the legislature," the man said stiffly. "That's alright," said the farmer, "I trust you anyhow."
     Have you completed your income tax form and sent it to the IRS? I have! Each year I have a little dab coming back to me, I get mine in early. If I owe, I wait until April to report.
    I think everyone, well most everyone anyway, will agree the improvement just west of Lewisville is really great. The improvement has not only helped the motorists but the deer. Yesterday we spotted three deer at the top of the bank. This evening we were coming up the hill and spotted 20 or 25 deer grazing on the hillside.
     You will remember how quickly the bank greened up after it was seeded down and covered with straw. The sun tends to melt the snow and leaves some nice juicy grass for the deer to eat and they seem to be taking advantage of the opportunity.
     Not only deer but on the way down the hill earlier in the day we saw about a dozen turkey hens feeding on something near where the new construction meets the old road.
     If you're driving west of Lewisville you might want to take it a bit easy in case the deer decide the grass is greener on the other side of the road, when the snow melts, if it ever does.
    Mail carriers have it made today. One hundred years ago: It became necessary to put two mail carriers on the Cumberland routes last Thursday. The routes were divided in two and each man covered his half on foot. Neet Herron covers this part of route 2 (Ava area). By going afoot, they can cut across fields and thus shorten the distance (I hope there were no bulls in the fields as they walked across).
     As I mentioned earlier, we've had some deep freeze weather lately and I don't know how anyone could work outside. I guess, as I write we're in for several more days of extra cold weather. I hope the gears on my gas meter do not wear out.
   To be honest, I don't remember weather this cold when I was growing up. We had so much work to do and just did it regardless of the weather. We had to milk the cows, feed the cows, pack water to them if needed, wheeled out the undigested food, fill all the coal buckets from an outside pile of coal, take out the ashes, deliver the milk and other miscellaneous, bits of work. The hogs had been butchered so they were no work and the chickens needed fed even if we only harvested an occasional egg.
     This was every evening and part of the work each morning. Regardless of the weather. I was talking with someone the other day and finally discovered how we did this. We didn't own a thermometer. We dressed according to the weather and went at it. Bonds store had a large Mail Pouch thermometer but no one thought it very accurate. We didn't know how cold or hot it was.
   Some day we hope to be wise enough to get the vitamins that wild animals get by eating what they like.
     Try going to church Sunday; It will take your mind off the weather.

Bible readings: (Mon.) Matthew 13:18-33; (Tues.) John 17: 13-19; (Wed.) I John 2:24-29; (Thurs.) II John 7-11; (Fri.) Psalm I; (Sat.) John 15:1 8; (Sun.) John 15:9-17.

< Our Readers Write: Letters to the Editor Dear Editor,
I have followed the news media and the newspapers
very closely on the articles of the child being left
on a bus. Appears to me that some of the staff at this
facility is not telling the whole story. They're doing
a great job at covering their part in this.
First of all, I have done this same job and I know
the rules. We are not to leave our seats. When we
arrive at the facility, teachers aides remove the
passengers by entering the bus and removing the
Also, if a student is absent, the staff has a
designated person responsible for phoning the parent
to see why he or she is not in attendance. Was this
done? Evidently not or the person would not have been
on the bus for a very long amount of time.
I would think the members of this very helpful
accommodations to the county would stand by their
drivers and not let them go down alone.
This happened to me, but my employment stood by me
and took their part in it. I did not have to bear the
guilt alone.
Come on you guys. Do the right thing. Stick together.
Don't hide behind the driver.
Jane Zegas

Dear Editor,
I have been doing my best to keep up on the
unfortunate incident that has occurred in your county,
about a month ago. I have learned through listening to
the radio and by watching the news that a lady bus
driver is getting full blame for the handicapped adult
being left on her bus. As a retired bus driver for the
handicapped myself, I feel  deep concern for this
driver. I do feel for the individual that was left on
the bus and for the parents of the girl. How awful
this must have been for them. My heart goes out to
them. Now the bus driver's future lies in the hands of
the justice system. I am praying that she be treated
fairly. I was once a driver myself and I know the
great responsibility.
I have so many unanswered questions about this
matter. My first question is, "How does an individual,
handicapped or otherwise, get overlooked so easily?"
There are more people involved than just one bus
driver. As a retired bus driver myself, my job was to
transport my passengers to the school. Once I arrived
at the school, due to my passengers being handicapped,
there was a certain way to empty the bus. I, the
driver, parked the bus, set the emergency brake and
remained in my seat with my seat belt on, while I let
the teacher and/or the teachers-aide get on the bus to
remove the handicapped and their belongings. Once they
climbed aboard the bus the teacher and/or the
teacher-aide assisted in the unbuckling of the
seatbelts and in obtaining any thing that they had to
take off the bus with them. Once the teachers unloaded
the handicapped and their belongings, they were taken
into the school by the teacher and/or the
teachers-aide. Once everyone was away from the bus in
the parking lot, I proceeded to do my job. I, still in
my seat, looked up in my mirror, did a quick sweep of
the back of the bus and the front of the bus, took
proper precaution to pull out of the lot and away I
went. Not once, in my 12 years of driving bus for the
handicapped was I ever responsible for the removal of
anyone from my bus. Not once.
My next question is: "Who was the person who made the
phone call to the parents that morning? How awful that
must have been to discover that the girl was not in
class and then having to call the parents and asking,
"Where is your daughter today, she is not in class?"
Then, having to hear those dreadful words, "my
daughter got on the bus today, what do you mean she's
not there in class/" or however her parents answered
that question!? How awful for the one in charge of
making that call and for the parents on the other end
receiving that alarming call. I feel for them. Again,
my question, "Why if the proper standard procedure was
done by the personnel in charge did the girl go
overlooked for so many hours?
Any parent receiving a phone call where they are
asked the alarming question, "Where is your child
today? He or she is not here today. Knowing that their
child did get on the bus that morning, I would think
that they would be absolutely terrified. As a parent
myself, if I got that call, I know for a fact that
there is no possible way that my child would go
"overlooked" or "missing" for another second, let
alone several hours.
Ask yourself the questions that I have asked myself:
"How?" if a teacher or aide did their job in properly
removing the handicapped and their belongings from the
bus, "How?" if a superintendent or a secretary in
charge did his or her job by making just one simple
phone call to the parents of the absent handicapped,
"How?" does a child or adult go missing or overlooked
for five minutes let along several hours? "How?" is
this even possible? Please tell me how this is the bus
driver's fault? Is she really to blame? Has she been
wrongfully accused? Is she being backed up by her
employers? Has everyone been totally honest? Please
ask these questions.
I feel so badly for the bus driver, the handicapped
and for her parents. Please know that my prayers are
with you and I wish all the best to the driver. I hope
you do not continue to take all the blame. As for the
facility and the personnel, where this took place, are
you standing behind your staff?
Deeply confused and concerned
Janet McCauley

(read the full obituary in the paper) 

denotes veteran

<Virgil V. Morris, 88, 30167 Bracken Rdg. Rd., Lewisville, died Feb. 15, 2007, at Barnesville
Hospital. He was born June 4, 1918, at Calais, a son of the late John H. and Lilly G. Smith Morris.

<Margaret R. Marty, 61, Rittman, died Feb. 14, 2007, at WRH Health System. She was born Feb. 25, 1945, in New Martinsville, a daughter of Fred H. and Erma Riggenbach Marty.

<Vivian Hines, 91, 102 Shef-field Dr., Woodsfield, died Feb. 12, 2007, at her home. She was born May 9,
1915, near Lewis-ville, a daughter of the late Harvey A. and Eda I. Turner Potts.

<Janet Moore Satterfield, 47, of Winfield, WV, died Feb. 16, 2007, at Charleston Area Medical Center after
a brief illness. She was born April 4, 1959, in Barnesville, a daughter of Vernon and Norma Moore of  Zanesville.

<Ruth Mary Meyers, 96, of Potosi, Missouri, died Feb. 12, 2007, at Mineral Area Regional Medical Center in Farmington.  She was born Jan. 20, 1911, in Woodsfield, the eldest daughter of John Ambrose and
Mary Glesenkamp Schumacher.

<James M. Roberts, Sr., 70, of Fish Pot Rd., Clarington, died Feb. 18, 2007, at home. He was born June 16, 1936, in Clarington, a son of the late
Charles Sr., and Sidney Kirk Roberts.