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<Headlines & Obituaries for Jan. 4, 2007     < News Archives    

< School Board Members Confused By Vote Allowing Salary Increase

Read more in the Jan. 4, 2007, edition...

It seems the three school board members who voted for administrative raises were not as inclined to play Santa Claus as they appeared to be at the board's Dec. 21 meeting.
Board members plan to rescind the motion at the organizational meeting, which set for Jan. 11 at 6 p.m.
Switzerland of Ohio school board member Jeff
Williamson said he was not  aware that a salary
increase for district administration was part of the 'packet' for personnel matters. Normally, what happens is the board votes on issues as they run down the agenda and, for the most part, there is no discussion. Each issue is numbered and matches a corresponding number on a page explaining the issue.
All the explanations, along with reports, are bundled into a thick packet and topped with the agenda. It is from this information that the board works.
Williamson said the request sheet from District Supt. Mike Staggs concerning salary increases for administration was neither numbered nor stapled to the personnel (No. 27) informational piece.

< Pyles Takes Oath of Office

Photo by Arlean Selvy

Juvenile and Probate Division Judge Walter Starr
administered the oath of office to Commissioner-Elect John V. Pyles during Dec. 26 ceremonies held at 9:30 a.m. Holding the Bible, upon which Pyles placed his left hand, was his wife, Terri. Also attending the ceremony was the couple's daughter, Brittany, his parents, Junior and Lorna Pyles of Sardis and Herman
Zerger, democratic executive committee chairman. Pyles officially took office on Jan. 1. Until his election to the seat of county commissioner, he served as a Lee Township Trustee and was president of that board. The
River High graduate has experience in local
government, grants writing, and infrastructure, as well as experience in balancing budgets and managing public funds. Pyles was instrumental in negotiating the land acquisition for the GMN Bradfield Headstart facility in Sardis.

< Hudson Reviews Eight Years as Monroe County Commissioner


Read more in the Jan. 4, 2007, edition...
Reviewing his eight years as Monroe County
Commissioner, Gary Hudson said his greatest concerns have been the events at Ormet, public safety and budgetary woes.
"At times it seemed like for every step we took
forward, we took two steps back," said Hudson
concerning budgetary woes. "All elected officials need to recognize the problem and work with commissioners."
He said severe flooding and the associated concerns for public safety  was a real concern during his years in office.
"Without a doubt what has transpired over the past two years at Ormet has been my biggest concern," he said, noting the lost jobs at the Rolling Mill, and the effect it is having on those families. 

< A Walk Through the 2006 Beacon Headline News


As 2006 ends and the new year begins, the Beacon
looks back on the headline events of the past year:
Monroe County VFW Post 5303 Celebrates 60th
Anniversary; Historic Crawford Pole Removed from
Woodsfield Town Square; Dana Carpenter Assumes Duties
as Woodsfield Postmaster; Dorothy Ricer, Woodsfield
Treasurer, Retires; Former Resident Linda Billman
Produces Documentary on HGTV's Dream House; Riesbeck
Family Honored by Extension Agents Association for
Leadership and Support of Extension Programs; Clarence
Reich Inducted into SWCD Supervisor Hall of Fame;
Larry Elliott Hired as School District's New Assistant
Superintendent; Woodsfield Council Rejects $70,000
Grant; Ormet Striking Workers May Have to Return
Unemployment Benefits.
Control, Design and Integration (CDI) Groundbreaking
Held at Commerce Park; Medi Home Health Agency Comes
to Monroe; Credit Union Donates Toward New Fire Truck
for Beallsville; Clarington Officials Hopeful in
Creation of Recreation Area; Common Please Court Judge
William D. Harris Dies Feb. 6-The Many Facets of
Monroe's Common Pleas Judge Revealed; Delegation Seeks
Answers to Cuts in School Personnel
Five Vie for Commissioner's Seat; Committee to
Recommend Fate of Davey Crawford Light Pole; Margaret
Hansen and Ann Block of the Monroe County Board of
Elections Demonstrate New User Friendly Voter
Equipment; Safe Auto Employees Win $10,000 in
Powerball; Hannibal Pool to Remain Open; Roberts,
Sloan, Martin Take Top Awards at Kiwanis Talent Show;
Steps Taken for Phase I of Woodsfield's Walking Trail;
Welsh Keeps Chamber Audience Spellbound with Stories
in Verse; Monroe Mavericks Grab Championship; Selmon
Appointed Judge of Monroe Common Pleas Court.
'Residence of the Year' Award Earned by Westwood
Landing; Interim Healthcare Open House Held March 28;
Country Clippin's Moves to New Location; Selmon
Becomes Monroe County's First Female Judge; Ohio
Valley Community Credit Union Announces New
Construction, Remodeling Plans; Ormet Names New
President; Know Show Draws Many Vendors, Visitors;
F.W. Schumacher Agency Receives 75th Anniversary
Award; James Leland Peters Selected as Noble County
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney; George Richardson
Named New Powhatan Elementary Principal; Realty Done
Right Opens Office in Woodsfield with Kiven
Smithberger and Melissa Perkins-Smithberger as Sales
Incumbent Pandora Neuhart Retains position as County
Auditor; Pyles to Face Sulsberger in County Commission
Race; Committee Recommends Crawford Pole Replacement
on the Square; $2.4 Million Earmarked to Help
Dislocated Ormet Workers; Woodsfield Mother of 11
Always Wanted Lots of Kids; Over 90 Attend Monroe
County Community Prayer Breakfast; CDI Celebrates
Opening in Commerce Park; OR&W Railway Celebrates 75th Anniversary of Last Run.
Beallsville Rural Carrier Melba Ward Retires  and
Receives 'One Million Mile Club' Award; Jennifer
Haught Named Teacher of the Year for Southeast Ohio;
Powhatan Elementary Mini-Relay Raises Over $5,000;
Discrimination Charges Filed Against Job & Family
Services; Woodsfield Teen Organizes Civil War
Encampment Event; Yonak Wins at Super Chevy Car Show;
Harold 'Cricket' Keylor Selected as 2006 Man About
Town; WHS Reunion a Success; Retirement Incentive Plan
Approved for JFS Workers; Michael Hissom Promoted to
Lieutenant Colonel; Friends of Library Donate New Sign
to Dally Library.
Local Reptiles Filmed for Attenborough Documentary;
Ormet Corp., Steelworkers Reach Tentative Agreement;
Woodsfield Child Karley Sue Williams 'Forging New
Paths' for Treatment of Disorder; Perla Gonzalez Wins
Coveted 2006 Golden Arch Award; USWA Rolling Mill
Employees Hear of Severance Package; Ormet Labor
Contract Ratified; Relay For Life Slated for July 21,
22 at County Fairgrounds; Francis J. Paulus Insurance
Agency Recognized for Senior Partner Designation;
Monroe County Relay For Life Nets Over $51,000 for
Research and Education; JFS Denies Charges of Sex
Discrimination by Agency Officials; Pilots Impacted by
Airport Fuel Stoppage at County Facility.
Old Barn Landscaping Center Adds Beauty to Sardis
Area; ODOT Begins Project to Reroute SR78 Near
Lewisville; Parry Museum Walkway Dedicated; Bowen
Construction Expands; Memorial Park Slide Christened;
Support Awarded for Ormet Workers; Happy Heart Singers
to Perform at Fair;  County Fair Set for Aug. 21-26;
Just Chiropractic Clinic Open; Beallsville to Have
Field Lights; Plans Set for Dedication of Clarington's
Opera House; Former Sardis Resident Paints Lasting
Impression at Dally Library; ReBay-Recyclers Expands.
Monroe County Awarded $300,000 Distress Grant;
Buckeye Hills Awarded Contract for Economic
Development; GMN Wireless Broadband to Expand Coverage in Monroe; Tietz: "A New Beginning at Ormet;"
Beallsville Takes Delivery of New Squad Vehicle;
Westwood Landing Celebrates First Anniversary; Busy
Bee Candle Shop Opens in Cameron; Woodsfield Gets on
Board With Community Foundation; Press Box Dedicated
to Coach Chuck Briggs; Beallsville Diner Wins Spirit
Contest; The Original C&M Pizza Returns to Beallsville
Area with Hoss and Tammy Hudson, Owners.
Monroe County Courthouse Cornerstone Laid 100 Years
Ago; Sistersville to Operate Ferry Landing at Fly;
Homecoming Celebrated at Monroe Central, Beallsville
and River High Schools-Named Homecoming Royalty Were
Beallsville's Brittany Burkhart, Monroe Central's
Queen Kelsey Lafferre and King Justin Wilson, and
River's Mr. River Tyler Abbott  and Ms. River Heather
Palmer; Debbie Vanwy Opens Ms. Dasie's in Clarington;
Riesbeck's Prepares for Annual Warm the Children BBQ;
Ormet Reaches Agreement With American Electric Power;
Coun-ty Court Judge James Peters Court Orders
Courtroom Space; Clarington Businesses Targeted for
Crime; Land Dedicated to ODNR for Public Use.
Riesbeck's Food Market Raises Over $3,400 for Warm
the Children; Pilots Approach Officials About County
Airport Operations; Wireless E-911 Plan Completed and
Submitted to State Coordinator for Review; Beallsville
Blue Devils End Perfect Season, Advance to Play-Offs;
Beallsville Volleyball Team Earns OVAC Class A
Championship; Monroe Central Volleyball Team Earns
OVAC Class AA Championship Title, Coach Baker Named
Coach of the Year; Voters Select John V. Pyles and
Julie Selmon to Serve Monroe; Ormet Secures Loan to
Restart; Bomb Threat Evacuates River High School;
Boyds Bears Honors Mike Stoffell, owner of Pat's Gift
Shoppe; Woodsfield Eagles #2302 Donates $17,100; Ormet
Signs AEP Power Agreement; Project Lifesaver
Implemented by Monroe County Sheriff's Department;
Texas Man Moves Royal White Sheep to Monroe; Voters
Deny Request for E-911 Maintenance Support; Christmas
Festival Set in Woodsfield; Ormet Donates Turkeys to
Food Pantry; County JFS Director Resigns; Sardis
Christmas Tour of Homes Set; Westwood Residents
Secretly Work for Santa; Kiwanis and Friends Make
Thanksgiving Special.
Transforming Physiques Moves to Bigger and Better
Facilities; Woodsfield Christmas Festival Sees First
Seasonal Success; Westwood Residents Donate to Warm
the Children; Six-Year-Old Jacob Hooper Earns Fire
Safety Award; Padgett Donates Ohio Flag to Monroe
Achievement Center; Ormet Power Restored; Pamida
Foundation Donates to Woodsfield SOMA Food Pantry;
Monroe County Americanism Contest Winners Announced at
Program Held at Beallsville High School; Home Comforts
Offers a Unique Shopping Experience; MACO Singers
Entertain; Venison Donated to Food Pantry; Ormet
Celebrates "A New Beginning" at Hannibal; School
Administration to See Salary Hike, Beallsville Boy
Honored in Rose Bowl Parade.

This year the Beacon initiated a new feature, "Take
Your Beacon on Vacation."
This has been an
overwhelming success. The Beacon has traveled far and
wide including South Africa; London, England;
Brussels, Belgium; Argentina and Germany,  as well as
many U.S. cities and states like New York City; Myrtle
Beach a number of times; Tennessee; Massachusetts;
Alaska a couple of times and even Hell, Michigan. The
Beacon also accompanied residents on several cruises.
Wow, the paper sure got around this year!!
The staff hopes Beacon readers will continue
submitting photos with a copy of the Beacon visible in
the picture. So far, 66 photos have been submitted.
They are being used as they are received in most
cases. Please, be sure photos are of good quality or
they may not be used. It's best to take several
pictures using a flash inside and outside to reduce

< Happy NEW Year! Top 10 List of Resolutions



by Gwynn Clifford
Staff Writer

As we begin a new year, often folks take time to
reflect and to think forward. As you page through last year's calendar, it's amazing to see a year on those 12 pages-a month at a time. You might note key dates, times spent with family, vacations, births and even losses.
Looking ahead, we tend to plan great things for a new year and fizzle out before we know it. Research shows that nearly 25 percent of resolutions will be abandoned in the first 15 weeks.
Whatever your intention, if you hope to succeed,
you'll need a plan,  a way to be accountable to it or to someone who agrees to help you with your 2007 goals.
One top ten list of resolutions follows:
1. More than 50 percent of Americans vow to spend more time with family and friends.
2. Many want to "fit in fitness." Regular exercise
has extensive health benefits.
3. Taming the bulge or losing weight tops many folks' resolution list. Setting reasonable goals and staying focused will help.
4. Quit smoking or a tobacco habit is another popular "want to." On average, smokers try about four times before they quit for good. There are many available resources.
5. Enjoying life more is a generic resolution that
may mean different things to different people. In
2007, the key will be finding a way to make it
meaningful in a personal way.
6. Many heavy drinkers may use the new year as an incentive to moderate or stop drinking. There are many available resources to help taper and moderate drinking provided the individual really wants to stop.
7. Join many others who resolve to "Get out of or pay down their debt." Starting with a budget or plan is often a basic key to success in this area.
8. Many individuals take time at new year's launch to learn something new. Whether you're considering a career change, want to take a computer course or something else, make a plan to succeed.
9. Volunteering or helping others is another
non-selfish resolution. There are countless
opportunities to share your time and talents. Consider your interests and there's sure to be a charity or civic organization that can use your assistance. And, as trite as it sounds, volunteering often benefits the volunteer more than the organization.
10. To top off the top-ten list, many will vow to get organized. It is a reasonable goal and there are loads of books and resources available.
Whatever your goal or resolution, we wish you a happy new year and best wishes for success.

< Our Readers Write: Letters
to the Editor

Dear Editor,
In the Dec. 21 issue of the Beacon, front page
headlines read. Commissioners Asked To "take A Stand"
on Budgets. I read the story with great interest since taxes are
involved, and I pay taxes.
Yes, I agree. Where tax monies are involved, I
believe we all should take a stand.
Not only our commissioners but all other elected
entities. You are responsible unto the electorate.
That includes the school board, as well as those
appointed to serve the county in all positions.
Cater to "real" needs, not to "wants' when money is
involved. It is only natural that all employees "want"
higher wages, but do not spend deficits on "wants."
When we have a surplus, then look at the "wants."
Until then, supply only the needs.
I have seen our elected officials dish out money for
"wants" and supplied no money to some needs. Another
election is coming. Remember what our elected
officials do until then, and then vote your desires.
Hilbert L. Ault

Dear Editor,
Hats off to Wayne, Ed, Dennis, Bill, Joel, Dan, Jeff,
Pandora and Laura who cared enough to challenge. They
didn't and won't turn their backs on unlawful acts and
that takes courage in Monroe County. "That's the way
business is done in Monroe County" is an unflattering
phrase often heard in the Ohio Valley. I wonder after
spending 2.2 million dollars in economic development
in the last 6 years if another current phrase might be
appropriate. Perhaps we all need an "attitude
adjustment" to entice business. Then offer businesses
personnel that study, know and genuinely want to use
tax monies appropriately. The Ohio Sunshine Law
insists on open meetings so EVERY citizen knows what
is going on in all organizations that use federal or
state monies. Early meetings, meetings with few board
members at a home or establishment to decide how
things are done are illegal.
Taxpayers want money spent: in an honest manner and
with a plan that will move the county forward.
Sometimes it takes "watchdogs" to see this through. I
don't view the above mentioned CARING PEOPLE as bad
guys, rather as folks that help with checks and
balances for our county.
I wish them a Happy New Year and Thank them for
Caring for Monroe County.
Susan Pollock

< Obituaries
(read the full obituary in the paper) 

denotes veteran

< Gary E. Abbott, 51, Magnolia, Ohio, died Dec. 18, 2006, in Aultman Hospital, following an extended illness. He was born Oct. 23, 1955 in Barnesville the son of Edward and Hilda  (Berry) Abbott.

< Shirley Wanda Ady Norman, 70, Jerusalem, died Dec. 20, 2006, at Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus.
She was born May 2, 1936, in Cameron, a daughter of the late Sheridan Ady and Pearl Palmer Ady. Online condolences: www.bauerturner.com

< Denis W. Gallagher, 82, Barnesville, died Dec. 27, 2006, at his home. He was born Oct. 9, 1924, in Quaker City, a son of the late William and Matilda Ulrich Gallagher.

< Colletta Ackerman, 92, died Dec. 24, 2006, at Wesley Glen in Columbus.

< Mary Belle Zebley, 86, 217 Oaklawn Ave., Woodsfield, died Dec. 22, 2006, at Barnesville Hospital. She was born Oct. 5, 1920, near Mt. Independence, Pa., a daughter of the late Samuel Morris and Louella Mae Coleman Gettemy.

< Louella Mae Andears, 88, Lewisville, died Dec. 27, 2006, at Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Nov. 7, 1918, in Monroe County, a daughter of the late Harvey Pickens and Minnie Prince Pickens. Online condolences: www.bauerturner.com

< Marjorie I. Hines, 93, of Marietta, formerly of the Stafford community, died Jan. 1, 2007.
Arrangements are pending at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield

< Around the Burnside

by Denny Easterling

Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else
can fully share its joy.
Laughter can conceal a heavy heart, when laughter
ends, the grief remains.
How did we ever shop without the use of a cell phone?
We went "almost" shopping a day or so before Christmas
and looking in any direction you could spot someone
with a cell phone to their ear. Modern technology, we
just have to keep in touch or maybe its to check up on
someone. I guess maybe it goes back a long way. I
remember using a couple of cans and some string,
didn't work unless you talked real loud.
Kinda reminds me when some people from Mars by
accident landed on earth. They landed in what we used
to call a gas station.
When they fixed their spaceship and returned home,
everyone wanted to know what kind of people lived on
earth. They said, "People there don't say anything,
they just stand around with their hand in their ear."
The folks on Mars thought this can't be right so they
sent another mission to earth to check it out.
This time they landed in a mall. On their return they
reported, "People on earth are now moving around,
speaking some kind of jibberish, but they still have
their hand in their ear."
How about this late fall and early winter weather?
We're a bit lucky. If the rain of the last couple of
weeks or so had been snow it would have been knee deep
on a six foot Monroe Central basketball player.
Many times over the years many things happen that you
enjoy and makes you happy. One of them is listening to
the weather forecast on the 11 o'clock news and they
tell you that you'll have three to five inches of snow
by morning. Teachers and students say, "Oh boy, no
school tomorrow."
You look out the window in the morning and the sun is
starting to come up and everything is green. As a
teacher, I was happy although I expect students were
Actually, I liked it better when I was a kid. We had
to depend on a few pains in a joint and some different
kinds of signs, many of you remember, for our weather
forecast. About as accurate as today.
We didn't get excited over a snow storm we just took
it in stride. As a kid we actually looked forward to
snow. It was time to get the rust off our sled
runners, get our throwing arm in shape and time to lay
out a fox and geese track in the school yard. I kind
of remember snow as fun time. We even threw snowballs
during recess. I wonder how many kids get a sled for
Christmas? As I say, kids just don't know what fun
they are missing out on now days.
OK it was not all fun going to the barn in the
morning, throwing down hay, milking the old cows and
using the wheelbarrow to wheel the chewed up hay left
behind the old cows. To make matters worse, if it was
too cold and messy to turn the cows out during the
day, water had to be carried to the barn and the old
cows always drank more water than normal. This also
resulted in several more loads in the wheelbarrow when
you got home in the evening. As I said, "kids just
don't know what fun they are missing now days."
I almost forgot the trips required to the super four
holer out back. It didn't take long to do your
business and move on. The chamber pot inside the house
was near impossible to sit on and you had to kneel to
The following is really too good not to pass on and
maybe could come in handy. This bit of advice was
printed in a newspaper some 100 years ago: A mother
who will provide herself with a half a pint of raw
linseed oil can fight the worst case of croup she may
meet with. It is an unfailing remedy and for quick
results it beats anything else which can be given for
that dread disease. Half a teaspoon is a dose, unless
the child is choking very badly; these give a teaspoon
full. What did I say about kids missing all the fun?
It also told of a man receiving a painful injury by a
cake of ice which he was placing in the refrigerator
slipping and striking him near the eye.
I received a book for Christmas I find very
interesting and recommend it highly. "110 People Who
Are Screwing America," by Bernard Goldberg.
Sudden thought: Wouldn't it be really nice if we had
an indoor pool in the county? If we did, all those
suffering arthritis pain as well as other pains could
use it to ease their pain.
Never kick a man when he's down, he might get up.
Did you attend church Sunday? Why not?
Bible readings: (Mon.) John 5:1-9; (Tues.) John
3:31-36; (Wed.) John 4:19-26; (Thurs.) Matthew
7:24-29; (Fri.) II Timothy 4:1-5; (Sat.) John 5:19-23;
(Sun.) John 5:24-30.