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January 10, 2008 Edition

<Economic Developer Hired, Budget Appropriations Adopted

by Arlean Selvy
Publisher
An economic developer was hired at the Jan. 2 meeting
of Monroe County commissioners, who also adopted a
budget and approved an increase in room rates at
Monroe County Care Center.
Action to hire West Lafayette resident Thomas D.
Scott as economic developer was taken following a
50-minute executive session with Deb Haney, director,
Monroe County Job and Family Services.
Haney said Scott has a strong history in human
resources and previously owned his own business,
providing human resources consulting services.
Commissioners hired Scott on the recommendation of
Haney.
Scott earned his Bachelor of Science degree in
Industrial Relations at Youngstown State University.
He was a charter member and as co-chairman of the Jobs
Services Employer committee, served as a township
zoning inspector and township clerk in Trumbal County.
He was also a charter member of Coshocton City/County
Port Authority.
According to Haney, Scott was active with the
Coshocton and Licking Counties Workforce Investment
Board.
"He's very personable," said Haney, noting an
excellent interview.
"I believe he has a lot of passion for Monroe
County," said Commissioner Francis �Sonny� Block.
Scott is currently a board member with Ohio Jobs and
Family Services Region 7 (46 counties) Workforce
Investment. The board provides recommendations to
state agency and elected officials regarding labor
issues.
Commissioners adopted the 2008 budget appropriations
totaling $20,337,814.34 with $3,922,182.52 of that
amount in the General Fund. According to Jeanette
Harter, who works with the budgets, there was a mere
$6,600 carryover this year.
With every department taking a budget cut, four have
already told commissioners they will not be able to
operate within the new structure.
Prosecuting Attorney Lynn Riethmiller approached
officials last week and reported he has two employees
taking medical insurance this year who didn't have it
last year. "That increased my costs significantly," he
said. He said he will need to add about $7,000 to that
line item.
Also visiting commissioners were Sheriff Tim Price
and Vicki English of the sheriff's office. English
reported the need for $3,316 in the Jail budget and an
additional $37,345 in the Sheriff's budget. On a
motion by Commissioner John Pyles the monies will be
taken from the Workers Compensation line item to add
to the two budgets - a total of $40,661.
In the face of financial woes, officials were
surprised with two unpaid invoices - one in the amount
of $5,000 from Buckeye Administrators, Inc, Bernard
Kinder, Ironton, for an August, 1999 claim deductible,
and the other from Probate Judge Walter Starr for over
$9,000 for 2007 invoices.
Harter indicated she cannot squeeze the budget any
tighter.
Kinder attended the meeting and was told the $5,000
is a bill they know has to be paid ... but he may have
to wait awhile for the money. Kinder indicated he was
okay with that, and just wanted to know where they
stood.
Ron White and Bob Reed of Share, a Columbus firm
which administers Monroe County Care Center, discussed
an increase in room rates and the proposed addition of
an assisted living section at the facility.
According to discussion, the Medicaid rate is up to
$150.50 a day. Currently a single room at the facility
is $125, which is all-inclusive. Reed said there are
no additional charges for services such as
rehabilitation and phone.
Although an $8 per day increase was suggested by the
representatives, commissioners agreed to increase the
rate by $4 a day. Pyles suggested they could discuss
the matter later if necessary.
With regard to assisted living, Pyles said he wants
to see that addition to the care center.
Dave Kuhn, coordinator, EMS association, opened two
bids for an EMS Billing Clerk. Sending bids were
Teresa A. Knowlton, Sardis, $25 per run and Ohio
Billing, Bolivar, $35 per claim plus a $795 onetime
setup fee. Kuhn will take the bids to the association
for a recommendation
In other business, Attorney Dick Yoss was hired to
work with the flood mitigation grant. Payment for Yoss
to do the necessary deed searches will be made from
the grant. According to Pyles, there are about 26
structures to be mitigated in Cameron, one in Hannibal
and one in Sardis.
Officials agreed on a mileage rate of .405 per mile
for travel. The rate is the same as 2007.
On the recommendation of County Engineer Lonnie
Tustin, permission was granted for Switzerland Water
Association to install a waterline along CR5 (Atkinson
Run Road) starting at SR556 and south 300 feet.
Permission was also given for Beck Energy Corp. of
Ravenna, to install a two-inch gasline through casing
on CR12 (Hartshorn Ridge Road) .268 miles east of CR73
intersection.

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< Man Arrested in Death of 2-Year Old

A 20-year old Woodsfield man was arrested last week
in the suspicious death of a 28-month-old.
Jayson Kerns was arrested by Woodsfield Police on
Wednesday, Jan. 2 and released Friday evening, Jan.
4. According to Police Chief Chuck Hamilton, no
charges have been filed.
Hamilton reported an autopsy was completed Friday by
the Summit County medical examiner. Results will not
be known for about two weeks.
The youngster, Evan Edward Hess, was the son of
Kerns� girlfriend, Terra Darby, Beallsville.
The case is being investigated by Woodsfield PD and
the Bur-eau of Criminal Investigation and
Identification. BCII agents were in Woodsfield
Thursday and Friday conducting interviews pertaining
to the case.
According to Hamilton, the call for help came in at
3:58 p.m. on Jan. 2 with a report that the child was
not breathing. He was transported by Woodsfield
E-squad to Barnesville Hospital and from their taken
by helicopter to Akron Childrens Hospital, where he
died Jan. 3.
The family has been investigated before. In May, Tara
Darby and the child's father, Jason Hess, were charged
after police said Hess was doing drugs in front of the
boy and his four-year-old sister at their Powhatan
home.
Hess entered a guilty plea to drug charges and child
endangerment and Darby's charges were later dropped.
Soon after, Darby moved to Woodsfield.

< Ormet Hosts Tour of Potline

Sen. Jason Wilson, 30th District, on left, learns
about carbon blocks and potlines from Jim Marcus,
vice-president of USWA Local 5724. The two men are
standing at one end of potline No. 5, the sixth and
final potline to restart at Ormet's Reduction Plant in
Hannibal. Ormet held a tour Dec. 27 with special
guests in observance of the startup.
Photo by Arlean Selvy


by Arlean Selvy
Publisher
With the recently restarted sixth and final potline
now in service, company and union officials conducted
a tour at Ormet Corporation on Dec. 27. State and
federal legislators representing Eastern Ohio were
invited.
Ormet, a top U.S. producer of aluminum, secured
sufficient alumina to allow it to energize its sixth
potline and get back on track by the end of 2007.
The restart of the sixth potline was originally
scheduled for September, 2007. Due to hurricane damage
at the Jamalco alumina refinery in Jamaica, which
supplies alumina, the restart was delayed.
The Hannibal plant currently has about 1,100
employees. The plant works 24-hours a day, 365 days a
year to produce aluminum - which is sold in the form
of what they refer to as sows. Sows are 1,500 pound
cakes of aluminum which are sold on the commodities
market. About 60 percent of the aluminum is shipped by
barge, according to Michael Griffin, Ormet�s
vice-president of operations.
According to Griffin, Ormet produces 260 metric tons
of aluminum a day. �The smelter never stops,� he said.
Each pot makes 1,600 pounds a day.
Along with company and USWA officials, those
attending included U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson, Ohio Sen.
Jason Wilson, Ohio Reps. John Domenick and Allan
Sayer, as well as Christi Mash, Governor�s Regional
Director, who represented Gov. Ted Strickland.
Ormet�s largest cost is the electricity needed to
convert alumina into aluminum through electrolysis.
The company uses a continuous 525 megawatts of power
an hour. The cost this year is about $146 million. In
2008 they expect to pay $225 million.
At the heart of the operation is the rectifier
station, where alternating current is converted into
direct current for the electrolysis process.
The state is currently seeking a solution to the high
cost of electricity. Representatives are considering
an electricity security plan that passed the state
Senate.
"Achieving electricity security will strengthen Ormet
and thousands of other Ohio companies," wrote Gov.
Strickland in a press release provided by Mash.
"In fact, achieving electricity security will not only
protect jobs, it will create jobs, With a new
commitment to advanced energy, we can spur the
creation of tens of thousands of jobs manufacturing
the materials necessary to harvest renewable fuels."
According to Domenick, the state House of
Representatives is working to do just that. He said
the bill would give credits that will help to promote
energy savings and renewable resources such as solar
power.
Domenick indicated the legislation came to the state
about a month ago. He said he hopes it will move
through the house by the end of January, "if not, then
within the next few months."



 

<Woodsfield EMS Requests They Be Added as a Village Entity

Bill Moore was sworn in as a councilman by Mayor
Bill Bolon at Monday evening�s meeting of Woodsfield
Village Council. Moore replaces former councilwoman
Sheila Stollar. Photo by Arlean Selvy


by Arlean Selvy
Publisher
A request by Woodsfield EMS to be a village entity
was heard Jan. 7 by Woodsfield Village Council, which
also authorized the village administrator to research
the purchase or construction of a television cable
system.
Anita Parr, president, Woods-field EMS, told council
that squad personnel voted Jan. 3 to leave the County
EMS Associaion. "Would you add us as a village
entity ..." she asked.
Jeff Woodell, village administrator, said the Safety
Committee will look into all aspects pertaining to the
squad. He said they will bring a recommendation to
council at its Jan. 22 meeting.
Woodsfield EMS personnel held a special meeting Jan.
3 to discuss leaving the association, noting
commissioners are en-forcing changes not necessarily
in the best interest of Woodsfield EMS or the
community. Attending the meeting were 12 members,
including Dave Kuhn, president. The vote was 11-0 to
withdraw from the association. The president cannot
vote.
Woodell reported on the television cable situation,
which has customers sending constant complaints to
council members.
According to the village administrator, Suddenlink
had seven technicians in the village recently. He said
new leads were put in place from the antennae to the
building, located of Reservoir Hill. Woodell also
reported that the senior technician told him they
would rectify the problem one way or another.
He noted also that Channel 7 representatives told him
the signal from Fox, channel 12, is quadrupled since
the cable (lead) was replaced.
Woodell said he has talked to various companies about
serving the Woodsfield area. He indicated they are
interested, but do not necessarily want to come in
over another cable company.
Following discussion, Wood-ell was authorized to look
into whether Suddenlink is willing to sell to another
company or to Woodsfield, and to research the
possibility of the village building its own cable
company.
During the reorganizational meeting, Bill Moore was
sworn in as a council member and Vernon Henthorn was
elected council president pro tem.

<EMS Related Executive Sessions See No Action, Squads Praised

by Arlean Selvy
Publisher
A delegation of about 20 of the county's EMS
personnel attended the Dec. 26 meeting of Monroe
County commissioners. Several of them were invited to
be part of an executive session held concerning
disciplinary matters.
Officials met in executive session from 9:05 until
9:26 a.m. to discuss personnel with regard to
disciplinary action. They took no action after that
session.
A scheduled 10 a.m. meeting with Larry Paine,
president, Beallsville EMS, and Dave Kuhn,
coordinator, EMS association, was held prior to a
second executive session called for disciplinary
matters. It appeared the two executive sessions were
about the same problems.
Included in the second session were trustees from
each squad represented and "the crew that was
reprimanded." Those staying were Sharon Cirillo,
Maxine Henthorn, Chardae Reed, Brian Daugherty,
Jacquelyn Daugherty, Ernie Ferguson, Cassandra
Fulton, Ramona Weckbacher, Eleanor Craig, Connie Ward,
Cindy Hunt, Jim Hunt, Patty Schoonover, Roger
Langsdorf, Paine and Kuhn.
Prior to the session, Paine said he has resigned from
Beallsville EMS pending acceptance from the EMS
Association.
"The association is like a hand with six digits,"
said Paine, noting the digits (fingers) are useless
without the hand - and the hand needs all six digits.
"When one thinks it can go its own way- it doesn't
work," he concluded.
Paine said one of the problems with the EMS is that
personnel are always told "those are the rules" and
"everybody knows them."
"I don't care what the rules are, as long as
everybody knows what they are," said Paine.
"You have the association with a set of procedures
and each emergency squad has a set of procedures,"
said Commissioner Francis "Sonny" Block. He said
basic regulations should be the same and would take
the guesswork out of procedures.
He made note that, from the beginning, the procedures
in place by the Beallsville EMS were followed.
Block stood, emphasizing his words to squad members:
"... You are the angels of our county - I wouldn't
want to lose any of you. If we didn't have emergency
squads to help our loved ones ... what would we do."
"We're behind the emergency squads," said
Commissioner John Pyles, noting that officials hoped
to "resolve this today."
As it turned out, the session resulted in no
resolution. Pyles, as well as Commissioner Bill
Thompson, thanked EMS personnel for attending the
session.
"We appreciate what the squads do," said Thompson.
"We don't want to micro-manage them." Thompson made
note that because each squad is different there will
be differences. "As commissioners, we need to look out
for the county," he added. Thompson indicated that if
disciplinary action is needed, officials need to
address the matter.
Block, noting that no action would be taken following
the executive session, said, "I feel it was a very
positive meeting."
Ernie Ferguson, Beallsville, who has demonstrated
contention with the association regarding a
suspension/dismissal and hired an attorney, attended
the Jan. 2 meeting. Commissioners at that time reached
an agreement with Ferguson concerning a release. If
the release is signed, he was told he will be returned
to the Beallsville E-squad.
Kuhn reported that on Nov. 27, the Bethel E-Squad was
called and traveled about half-a-mile into the woods
to retrieve a deer hunter who had suffered a heart
attack. CPR was administered, the man was brought out
of the woods and Medic Assist was called. The hunter
was released from the hospital Dec. 25, said an EMS
member, and is expected to have a full recovery.
"He would not be alive today if not for the emergency
squad," said Block.
Squad personnel were commended because the hunter's
family is the second family able to celebrate
Christmas with a loved one who may have died without
the assistance of trained emergency personnel.
Commissioners agreed to extend the squad contract for
30 days after expiration. The contract expires on Dec.
31.

<Our Readers Write

Dear Editor,
One man's opinions has been censored by the powers
that be of the Monroe County Beacon.
It seems that the letters to the editor that I have
been writing does not set well with the
publisher/editor, Arlean Selvy. She has informed me
that if she decides the letters to be offensive to
certain groups, she would not publish them in the
�letter to editor� column.
I have broken no published rules with what I have
written. My letters have been brief, includes
signature, address and phone number. They have not
centered on any one individual, but rather centered on
policy making decisions by those elected by the
taxpayer.
It seems now that the Monroe County Beacon that I
once publicly praised for printing both sides of an
argument, has now broken that pledge, and only
opinions that they agree with are worthy of print.
Ms. Selvy informed me that even if I were to pay for
a public notice [letter to the editor], she would not
be bound to print it.
Sad indeed.
Hilbert Ault,
Woodsfield

Dear Editor,
Copy of e-mail sent to Fox News The O�Reilly Factor,
Bill O�Reilly from Hilbert L. Ault, Woodsfield.
I would like to send you a copy of the local
newspaper concerning the case of a man that was tried
and convicted in our local court of child molestation.
One of the charges was rape of a female under the age
of 10.
The judge is a woman, and sentenced him to life in
prison, plus 136 years, without chance of parole.
I know about your campaign against judges giving a
sentence that amounts to little more than a slap on
the wrist for child molestations.
I admire your courage speaking out publicly against
such judges. Your courage has produced some great
results. Bravo! Keep on, keeping on.
I am 76 years old, have many grandchildren and
great-grandchildren living in this location.
I was thrilled to see we had a judge that truly would
protect them against child molesters.
I paid her a personal visit in her office and told
her that.
I asked her if she would be against me sending the
newspaper to you, and she said no. She said she has
watched you on the factor. I asked her if she would be
willing to talk to you, or appear on the show, and she
answered with a yes.
She is a no-nonsense judge, and an attractive lady. I
would guess in her forties or early fifties.
I am a veteran of the Korean war and have active duty
in both the US Army and the US Navy.
Please let me know by reply if you want me to send a
copy of the newspaper.
Hilbert L. Ault,
Woodsfield



< Obituaries (read the full obituary in the paper) 

<
Sanford W. "Sandy" McIntire, 71, Woodsfield, died
Dec. 27, 2007, at Barnesville Hospital. He was born
March 27, 1936 in Clarington, a son of the late Allan
and Essie McIntire. Condolences may be expressed
online at www.bauerturner.com.

<Ralph Kenneth Ady, 84, Fairground Rd., Woodsfield,
died Dec. 28, 2007, at Woodsfield Nursing and
Rehabilitation Center. He was born June 28, 1923, in
Monroe County, the son of the late Everett and Ida
Palmer Ady. Online condolences can be expressed at
www.bauerturner.com.

<John Russell Bondy, 71, Alledonia, died Dec. 29,
2007, at his home. He was born Dec. 22, 1936 in
Martins Ferry, a son of Freda Walker Bondy of Martins
Ferry and the late Albert Russell Bondy.
Online condolences may be offered at www.harperfh.net.

<Lori L. Garey, 40, Lancaster, died Dec. 23, 2007. She
was born Sept. 21, 1967, a daughter of Barbara Garey.

<Evan Edward Hess, two, Beallsville, died Jan. 3,
2008, in Akron Children's Hospital. He was born Aug.
29, 2005, in Wheeling, the son of Terra Nicole Darby
of Beallsville, and Jason Edward Hess of Clarington.
Online condolences may be offered at www.harperfh.net.

<James Stanley Pyles, 84, Beallsville, died Jan. 5,
2008, in Barnesville Hospital. He was born Dec. 20,
1923 in Rayland, a son of the late J.L. and Bertha
Kocher Pyles. Online condolences may be offered at
www.harperfh.net

<Harley Alfred Tubaugh, 73, Ravenna, passed away from
an extended illness on Jan. 3, 2008. He was born Dec.
17, 1934 in Martins Ferry, a son of the late Carl and
Lela (Jackson) Tubaugh.

<Josephine Elizabeth Sainato Altieri, 88, died Jan. 2,
2008, at Elkins Regional Convalescent Center, Elkins,
W.Va. She was a former resident of Coalton, W.Va., and
more recently a resident of Elkins Regional
Convalescent Center. She was born Nov. 19, 1919, at
Harding, W.Va., a daughter of the late Joseph Sainato
and Mary Teresa Sainato.
Condolences may be expressed at
www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.

<Eleanor "Midge" Long, 71, of Sardis died Dec. 29,
2007, in Wetzel County Hospital. She was born Oct. 27,
1936 in New Martinsville, W. Va., the daughter of the
late James P. and Myrtle E. Kimble Smith.

<Around the Burnside

By Denny Easterling

The guilty walk a crooked path, the innocent travel a
straight road.
Evil people love to harm others; their neighbors get
no mercy from them.
Back to the old grind again, all the excitement and
hustle of Christmas and New Years is over, snow on the
ground, the sun is shining, how can you not feel
great? Then you wonder why people say they �slept like
a baby� when babies wake up every couple of hours? Or
maybe why people pay money to go to the top of tall
buildings then put money in binoculars or a telescope
to look at things on the ground?
Found an old friend during the holidays. I was
walking by the area where soft drinks and water were
kept in Wal-Mart and there it was, Grapette Pop! I
hadn�t had any Grapette pop since I was a kid. I
thought they had quit making it and there it was. You
know something? It tastes the same. I bought some and
when it got cold I really enjoyed it. The taste was
the same as I remember it.
As a kid, if we were lucky enough to scrounge up a
nickel we had some tough choices. We could get a
bottle of Grapette or Hires Root Beer or maybe a
couple large chunks of chocolate and have a penny left
over. Root Beer was chosen a lot of the time because
the bottle was much larger. You felt you were walking
in the tall clover if or when you got a bottle of pop.
I got to looking what made up Grapette pop and was I
surprised. Grapette pop never gets close to a grape or
grape juice. In fact, the closest it ever gets to a
grape is when a customer might wheel it down the aisle
where the grape jelly is located. I don�t care, it�s
mighty good if you like the grape flavor.
If this world was a logical place, men would be the
one who rides horses sidesaddle.
Well, 2008 has rolled in and with it all the
political gobble de gook a person can handle. That�s
about all we will hear from now till November. I�ve
had about all I can handle already. All say why they
should be elected and what they will do if elected. I
have a question. Could they be considered a prophet?
Probably not as they probably be considered promises
and they can and will be broken with an excuse, others
caused the problems. Probably a good thing because
during Old Testament times if a prophet foretold
something was going to happen and it didn�t, that was
the end and I do mean end of them.
You want to know something funny? I planted some bird
seed. A bird came up and now I don�t know what to feed
it.
At times I included news of 100 years ago in Around
the Burnside. I enjoyed reading what was news 100
years ago and how it was written. My source no longer
includes news from 100 years ago and stops at 70 years
ago and I seldom read it.
This week I did and do you know what? I actually
remember some of what happened as it happened 70 years
ago. For example. The Hindenburg fell in flames,
Amelia Earhart was lost over the Pacific and the Duke
of Windsor married Mrs. Simpson.
I wonder how I remembered these things when actually
I was only in the seventh grade. We got the Dailey
Jeff and did not have the news shot at us from the
radio or television. I guess there was news of the day
going on around the Burnside more than just tall
tales. I�m not sure and I doubt if I heard these
things discussed by the seventh graders I ran with.
Kind of scary to think about. I guess we got more than
the three R�s.
We have to put up with TV advertising or we would
have no TV programs even as bad as some of them are.
The TV ads are wasted on me as we buy very little we
see advertised on TV. A good many are stupid and I
sometimes wonder how anyone could be convinced they
should buy the stuff. Some of them get under your
skin. �It�s my money and I need it now� is the latest
one for me. Yuck.
All I ask is a chance to prove that money can�t make
me happy.
The end of the year and beginning of the next is made
for the sports fan. Settle in the easy chair, the
remote control and just let it roll.
One day I started at 11 a.m. and watched four
basketball games and part of two or three football
games, before I went to bed. There�s always time to
get a bite to eat between games or half time. Although
one game went into overtime and ran into the next
game. No problem they just carried it on another
station.
The next day I started at 11 a.m. with a football
game and I think it was the most of four games before
bed time.
Yesterday was a bit of a withdrawal day as I watched
only a half a basketball game and West Virginia roll
all over the Oakies. I�m really not a big Mountaineer
fan but I really wanted them to win and believe it or
not I actually wanted Michigan to win their bowl game.
Tonight is OSU basketball plus a football game that
I�m not interested in but I expect I�ll watch at least
part of it. (They won, women too).
The bowl games keep going however the big game is or
rather was Monday evening so you�ll know how I feel as
you read this. We�re doing our best as we have OSU
stuff everywhere. I sure hope they do better than last
year at the same time. All I can say is Go Bucks!
I wonder? Is it just my imagination, or do buffalo
wings taste like chicken?
Did you enjoy church over the holidays?
Bible readings: (Mon.) Psalm 28:6-9; from Luke
(Tues.) 11:1-4; (Wed.) 11:5-8; (Thurs.) 11:9-12;
(Fri.) 18;1-17; (Sat.) 11:13 and Acts 2:1-4; (Sun.)
Psalm 106:1-3.