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January 17, 2008 Edition

<Economic Developer Brings Experience to Monroe County

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer

“I have been overwhelmed with the friendly, welcoming
reception I have received,” said Monroe County’s new
economic developer, Tom Scott. “I’m pleased to be
here. I told my wife, ‘Linda, I’ve found a home.’”
Scott lives in West Lafayette with his wife of 11
years.
Scott grew up in a one traffic light town, but brings
with him 35 years of experience in human resources and
five years with the Coshocton Port Authority, of which
he is a charter member.
On assets and liabilities for this position: “asset -
I’m not from Monroe County; liability - I’m not from
Monroe County ... Give me the opportunity to earn your
respect. If I’m successful, fine; if I’m not, shame on
me.”
“I will tell people what they need to hear, not what
they want to hear. Everyone needs to put aside his/her
personal agenda. We need everyone to work together,”
said Scott who likes to speak in athletic terms.
His comparison was: when a star high school athlete
goes on to college, he ascends to a different level of
competition. Scott equates himself as coach of Team
Monroe which is playing against other counties and
surrounding areas. If team members gather and everyone
wants to be a quarterback, it doesn’t work. You assign
players to different positions to make the best team
you can. “It means compromise so everyone benefits. It
may not evolve overnight. No one will hold me more
accountable than me.”
Scott looks forward to meeting the residents of
Monroe County, the township trustees, the business
people, school administrators. He noted that the
quality of life in Monroe County must be enhanced and
upgraded from an economic standpoint. He added, it’s a
beautiful county and some people who live here don’t
appreciate it. “We need to grasp change. We need
everyone’s input, suggestions and ideas. We need to
address the status of the schools. I don’t have all
the answers; I don’t even know all the questions,”
said the new economic developer.
He added that before visitors come into the county,
“we must have our ducks in a row, putting forth a
professional image ... the best communication skill is
listening. It’s going to be a challenge which will
require a change in thinking. We need to modernize,
but keep the basics; upgrade and improve to entice
people, but we don’t want to ignore the current
employers.”
“I’m passionate about what I do, but I do not promise
miracles ... I’m cautiously optimistic,” he said. He
also said if people understand and put aside personal
agendas and commit to Team Monroe, everyone can
benefit, “but if it doesn’t work, it points to me. If
something doesn’t work, you learn from it.”
The ultimate goal, he noted, is getting to the top of
the mountain (or being the winning team), but there
are times when you just have to stop and step back and
re-evaluate. “I want to see where we are now and where
we will be five years from now.”
Scott is in the process of forming an advisory
committee, which he indicated would consist of members
from all walks of life.
With his commitment, style, openness and sense of
humor, Tom Scott may be just what Monroe County needs.

< Kuhn Submits Resignation As County EMSA Coordinator

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer
The resignation of the EMS A coordinator David Kuhn
was accepted at the Jan. 8 meeting of Monroe County
commissioners.
Kuhn, who is also president of Woodsfield E-squad,
informed the board that Woodsfield EMS has decided to
leave the Monroe County Emergency Medical Services
Association. Kuhn read a letter, dated Jan. 7, to that
effect. The Woodsfield EMS contract expired on Dec.
31, but the squad is currently operating under an
extended contract for 30-60 days.
“We held a special meeting to discuss renewing this
contract or removing ourselves from the Monroe County
EMS Associa-tion and becoming a separate entity,” said
the letter which was signed Woodsfield Emergency Squad
Membership.
“As a coordinator, I feel you have screwed me
personally and it’s b--- s---,” exclaimed Commissioner
John Pyles, who appeared visibly upset with the
matter.
Commissioner Bill Thompson noted that EMS is $34,000
in the hole and commissioners came up with $10,000.
EMS needs to be more fiscally responsible, it was
noted.
Connie Ward, a contract employee of the board’s who
handles the EMS billing,  said,“There’s always a
deficit.”
“My coordinator is one that should make everything
happen,” said Pyles, who appeared to blame Kuhn for
proposed transport services not being implemented.
The transport services would provide pre-approved
runs which would bring in additional monies. According
to Kuhn, he has been trying to implement the services,
but Ward was not comfortable with doing the billing
required. He had contacted an outside company which
had checked into the transport services billing, but
found they could not use the provider number because
it was already being used by Ward.
After a very lengthy, heated discussion and more
accusations, Pyles asked Kuhn if he had drawn up his
resignation, to which Kuhn said ‘yes.’
Pyles read the duties of the coordinator to which
Kuhn said, “I did all that.”
Duties include: must have completed at least 110
hours of state approved EMT training; act as
administrative liaison between the county and the
trustees; relay information between commissioners and
the association; advise the commissioners on EMS
matters; apply for drug and EMS matters; apply for
drug and DEA license; keep proper documentation for
licenses; required to be at all association meetings;
required to relay information to commissioners on a
regular basis; oversee squads to make sure they are
properly maintained; be involved in mock disasters,
regardless of whose squad is involved in the mock
disaster exercise; be available to squads and
commissioners when needed; make sure all squads are
compliant with protocols and licensing regulations;
have full knowledge of all levels of EMTs; attend at
least one Ohio BTLS and one Ohio Association of EMS
conference per year; have at least five years
experience with the association; oversee transport
service; deal with hospital problems that can’t be
handled through the squads; must approve contracts
that individual squads may obtain from townships they
cover; must be active and running with his/her squad;
must stay current with all state and federal
certifications; emergency vehicle driving course to be
completed by all EMS personnel before driving the
ambulances.
For the above duties, the coordinator is paid
$2,753.14 a year plus fringes from the general fund.
“I think you failed miserably as a coordinator,” said
commissioner Bill Thompson as he left the room.
After accepting Kuhn’s resignation, county
commissioners moved to advertise for a new
coordinator. Both the vote to accept Kuhn’s
resignation and to advertise were unanimous.
According to Pyles in a later telephone conversation
with the Beacon, he said he feels the coordinator did
not keep the board informed on what was happening
within the Woodsfield squad. According to Pyles, the
board was not informed about the possibility of
Woodsfield leaving the association.

<EMS Association Meeting Leaves Hope for County EMS
by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer
It was a meeting which began with skepticism and
distrust, but ended with a ray of hope. The regular
meeting of the  Monroe County EMS Association was held
Jan. 8 at the Woodsfield squad building.
Attending were representatives from the Antioch,
Bealls-ville, Clarington, Sardis, Bethel and
Woodsfield squads, along with county commissioners
John Pyles, Francis ‘Sonny’ Block and Bill Thompson.
The county EMS Association is made up of six squads.
The organization is governed by its by-laws. The
squads, individually, also have by-laws. When the
individual squads are not able to resolve their
problems, they are supposed to be taken to the
association. The commissioners hire a coordinator who
acts as a liaison between the association and the
board.
The major topic of discussion at the evening meeting
was centered on the announcement that the Woodsfield
squad had voted to remove itself from the association
and the resignation of David Kuhn, Monroe County EMS
coordinator.
The meeting began with Larry Paine, president of the
association, stepping down. Paine told those present
that his resignation stemmed from the Beallsville
squad using drivers under the age of 21, which is a
violation of the Beallsville E-Squad and association
by-laws. Originally, Paine was going to continue as
president until the vice-president stepped up or
someone else could be found to replace him. Due to a
previously made negative and hurtful comment, Paine
said, “Good-bye, it’s been fun until this last year.”
And he made his exit.
With regard to Woodsfield’s squad leaving the
association, members said, “All we want to do is make
things better; we’re tired of beating our heads
against a brick wall.”
Jim Hunt, of the Clarington squad, said, “It would be
great for Woodsfield, but overall it would hurt the
county. Woods-field brings in most of the runs. I
think the situation is personal, not job related.
Personnel problems between a couple of people have
drug the whole association down. We went by
association by-laws and the commissioners come in and
over ride the association’s decision.”
Emergency Squad members voiced their dissatisfaction
with commissioners over the years and looked for a
resolution which would keep the association intact.
“We provide the best patient care around,” said
Woodsfield E-squad member Anita Parr. “We keep up with
training and don’t get paid to go to training which
requires 130 or so hours to get a card and then we
have to keep up with training to keep the card.”
“That’s why we want to keep this together,” said
Pyles.
“I don’t think people know our dedication; it needs
to be acknowledged,” continued Parr. “It’s not worth
it if you don’t believe in what you do. Squad members
do it because they see a need and know it has to be
met. We do it day, night, snow or whatever ... we show
up, not for power, glory or money, but because we
care.”
“I would hope we’d think as a unit and do the best
for the people we serve,” said Pyles.
In regard to the passage of the  EMS levy, Parr said,
“We were struggling for membership because there were
very limited benefits. It is an emotionally draining
job and we lost people because they were burnt out. A
lot of people don’t have free time. We had to turn
over a lot of runs.” She added that with the stipend
from the levy fund, it attracted some people and “we
turn over very few runs.”
Squad members expressed their views on why they were
dissatisfied with the way things were done over the
years. They said they had to fight for the levy to be
put on the ballot, they wanted the change from a van
to the box type transport (it took 10 years), and the
squad members were dissatisfied with the type of
ambulances being purchased. These things had been
recommended or suggested to the board, but not
considered.
As to the type of ambulances, all squad members
agreed the type that were being purchased,
McCoy-Miller, had to have constant maintenance and
that is extremely unsatisfactory when you are dealing
with the lives of residents.
Pyles, who was holding the check for the new Antioch
ambulance, said the new ambulance just purchased is a
Horton which is the type requested by the association
membership. “You get what you pay for.”
Squad members said they felt that, over the years,
their opinions and ideas were of no value.
“I don’t mean this personally,” said Parr, “but we
don’t trust you.”
“I think it’s a shame that EMS is in the shape it
is,” said a teary-eyed Ramona Schoonover, a member of
the Bethel squad.
“I think most of us are,” said another association
member. “I think we all agree that Dave and Larry did
a great job.” To which Commissioner Francis Block
interjected, “You are the guardian angels of this
county. We need to be united.”
“Clarington can’t make it on its own,” said Hunt,
adding they would just bring their squads up and park
them in front of the courthouse. “We couldn’t
compete.”
Woodsfield handles most of the runs in the county
which brings in the most money for the association. In
essence, Woodsfield squad carries the rest of the
squads. Since it makes the most runs, the Woodsfield
squad’s larger contributions help significantly in
paying for expenses including the capital improvements
fund which allows all the squads, as needed, to
replace an ambulance each year.
According to Parr, it was not Kuhn’s decision for
Woodsfield squad to leave the association. “He did not
vote,” said Parr. “For Dave to be the scapegoat is
ridiculous! We voted!”
It was noted that before Kuhn was appointed
coordinator, a job that nobody else wanted, Terry
Hickman was the coordinator. Members said Hickman made
all the decisions. “It was his way or no way,” they
said. “We came in and were told what to take back to
the squads.” Now, they said, Dave listens to them;
they make decisions and he takes them back to the
commissioners.
As to a decision to override an association decision,
Pyles said it was a liability issue and the county
could have been sued and the board had been advised by
an attorney to allow the person the association had
dismissed to return. According to Thompson, he said he
feels the person will not accept the terms to return
to his individual squad.
In reference to the afternoon’s commissioners’
meeting and the request and acceptance of Kuhn’s
resignation, Thompson said, “I was angry because I
didn’t feel he was looking toward the welfare of the
county.”
“I think it’s unanimous that we meet with
commissioners and try to keep all six squads and this
association together. We need to restructure the
billing and by-laws,” said Hunt. “What can we do to
fix this to get Dave back as coordinator?” asked Rick
Shipp, a member of the Woodsfield E-Squad. Pyles
answered, ”He needs to put in his application.”
A meeting was set for Jan. 14 at the senior center
for all squad members and the commissioners, but after
a meeting with Woodsfield squad members Jan. 10, the
general meeting was cancelled and a meeting with the
Woodsfield squad members and voting members of the
association was held to discuss the situation.

 

~ Antioch Takes Possession of New Ambulance ~
Antioch Emergency Squad has taken possession of a
2008 Horton ambulance. The new vehicle replaces a 2004
Ford McCoy Miller which, according to Roger Langsdorf,
captain of the Antioch E-Squad, is underpowered for
the terrain they cover. They’ve had a lot of different
repairs and the squad is very happy with the new
purchase made by Monroe County commissioners. The
money to purchase the vehicle was taken from the EMS
capital improvements account in the general fund. The
funds are generated from EMS runs. Shown with the new
vehicle is Terry Winter, driver and 25-year chief of
the Antioch Volunteer Fire Department; Crystal Buegel,
of the Antioch E-Squad, and Langsdorf.    
 
Photo by Martha Ackerman

<Hill is New MCCC Administrator

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer
Bringing 24 years of health care and medical social
work to her position, Kelley Hill has been named the
new administrator at Monroe County Care Center. Her
experience encompasses long term care, hospital
experience, home health care, and she is a licensed
social worker and nursing home administrator in both
Ohio and West Virginia.
“I’m looking at a positive working experience with
Share,” said Hill. “I share their beliefs and values
and the importance of good qualify care. Their focus
is on taking care of the residents; they care about
their employees. They are doing something right. The
longevity of the staff speaks for itself.”
“Kelley is a people person,” said Bob Reed of Share,
Inc., which manages the care center. “She is a very
caring person and with her social services background,
it’s going to be a plus.”
Hill said after she had spoken with Share’s Ron White
and Bob Reed about the possibility of taking the job,
she visited Monroe County Care Center on a weekend.
She said she went in for a tour, not telling the staff
of her interest in the job. “It was immaculate, no
odor,  the staff and residents were warm and friendly.
The whole picture was appealing. This weighed heavily
on my decision to take the job. If it’s this way on
the weekend, something is being done right.”
On the subject of the possibility of adding assisted
living to the facility, Hill feels it would be a very
positive move. There would be additional job prospects
for members of the community. There are lots of
referrals for people who need a lower level of care.
The referrals are already there, she noted.
Goals: “It’s important to be in compliance with
regulatory bodies that govern us. I want us to be a
part of the community and viewed as a resource. I want
Monroe County Care Center to be an employer of choice.
I want the families, residents and staff to always
come to me. It’s important to address any issues of
concern. I think my background in social work will
help.
“I want to see the facility integrated into the
community with girl scouts, senior citizen groups,
choirs and any organization to visit.
“I’ve met every resident and they are happy here,”
said the new administrator.
Hill and her husband, Jerry, live near Vincent, Ohio.
They have two children, Ashley and Chase.

<

<Our Readers Write
Dear Editor,
This year will mark the 30th class reunion for the
1978 Class of Swiss Hills Alumni (1st class to go both
years), the alumni committee is looking forward to
planning for this event with our joint class reunion
on May 10 and another reunion for our class later in
the year. It is hard to believe that this much time
has passed, as there is several second generations of
alumni that have now joined us, we find that many
don’t know of our interesting stories, like us and the
class of 1977 starting school later than the home
schools or that the school was yet to be finished.
What year the school started? How did the school get
its name? What are the school’s colors and it’s
nickname? These have been some of the stories we have
been sharing with our younger alumni at the reunions.
So I’m working on a history book, to tell all our
stories, and I need help from all our alumni, starting
with the classes of 1977, 1978 and 1979. I would also
like to hear from our staff and faculty, both past and
present. (Some from these class alumni are now
teachers at Swiss Hills. Do you know which ones they
are? This is how you can help, I need stories of your
years at Swiss Hills, and I’m also working up Guess
Who pages to help give everyone something to remember
and talk about at the reunions. Examples are: what you
remember happening at school; -- something someone did
-- something that happened to you -- etc.) These can
also be about staff members as well.
I’m also looking for copies of any group class
pictures (like the ones that were used for the Home
High School Yearbooks.)
You can contact me at this address, 46028 Benwod Rd.,
Sardis, OH 43946, phone number 740-483-1164, e-mail
jafetty78@yahoo.com.
Joyce Fetty, Class of 1978
Swiss Hills Alumni
Committee-Historian

Dear Editor,
I want to start this letter off by saying I have the
greatest respect for educators and elected officials
of the board of education. Their duties are very
serious as they have been entrusted with the education
of our children and grandchildren. It would be hard to
find a more noble profession.
When I write about the situation here in the
Switzerland of Ohio School District, I am well aware
that we have the majority of our teachers having the
child’s best interest at heart. I can well remember
the teachers I had over 60 years ago that would always
put forth their very best effort to see that I had the
best education, and protection that all of my teachers
could muster. We children came first. The teachers had
dedicated their life to the well being of we children,
without a lot of complaints. They did the best with
what they had to work with.
I believe that most teachers are doing that today.
Now… to today.
It does seem to me that some have let their own wants
interfere with the children’s needs, that started with
the unionization of their profession. The unions began
with a high ideal, then progressed into pure greed.
Even to the point the union protects the jobs of
those teachers that are not doing their best jobs.
Today, we are faced with reality. We are running a
huge deficient, while all the time, going into worse
fiscal situation.
Once again, in the most recent election, the school
levy was rejected.
Wonder why?
We taxpayers want the most for the school kids
available. Does increasing the pay of the educators
bring that about?
I have had several people giving me thanks for
sounding out on this issue.
Sad to say, when I ask those people to speak out,
they are afraid to because they fear what may happen
to their children or grandchildren that attend the
Monroe County schools.
I would hope that no teacher or administrative staff
member would stoop as low as to do that.
If I ever even hear a hint of that happening, I will
demand a full investigation and the guilty be
discharged and charged with breaking the law.
Wonder what would happen if the school board members
were to rescind the latest pay raises, and then place
a special ballot on the bond issue?
Any better ideas?
Past experiences demand we do something different.
And placing the money in the hands of the state to
distribute as they see fit is not wise. More on that
later after I have studied the latest Bill Moore
proposal.
Hilbert Ault
Woodsfield

Dear Editor,
On Jan. 8 the Monroe County Commissioners made their
appointments to the Monroe County Airport Authority.
These appointments are for 3-year terms. The county
airport is the most overlooked, under utilized and
unappreciated asset that Monroe County possesses.
Properly administrated and utilized the airport could
and should be the cornerstone of the economic and
business revival that Monroe County so sorely needs.
The commissioners made it plain that day that they
don’t ascribe to this viewpoint. All three
commissioners were not even present when these most
important appointments were made. Mr. Block, who was
at the morning session, was not there in the afternoon
for the organizational meeting and the appointments to
the various county boards. Why wasn’t he there? (By
the way he’s asking you to vote for him to serve
another term as commissioner.)
The appointments were made over a period of about 10
minutes in the Jan. 8 meeting. There were eight
individuals who expressed interest in serving on the
authority. It was obvious when the appointments were
made that the county commissioners acted with anything
but the best interest of the county in making the
appointments. It was crystal clear that politics and
personal prejudice took precedence over knowledge of
what a properly administered and properly tendered
airport can offer the citizens of Monroe County. In
fact it was obvious that these appointments had been
discussed in detail beforehand and were decided before
the meeting was ever convened, which would appear to
be a violation of the Ohio Sunshine Laws, (that is a
matter for others in a higher position to address).
Mr. Pyles and Mr. Thompson made them in lockstep with
lighting speed. It was interesting to see Pyle’s
reaction upon learning of a certain man’s letter of
interest in the appointment. Pyles statement was: “I
didn’t know that he applied,” then his first reaction
was to go directly to the Board of Elections to check
on the gentleman’s political affiliation. I know
because I went in right afterwards and asked, the
answer was yes that he did check on the gentleman’s
politics. Then when the man’s son came to the meeting
to conduct banking business for the county, he had to
ask him who the gentleman was, the banker replied
“that's my dad and he lives below Lewisville.”
Out of the eight persons who applied four of those
individuals have in-depth knowledge and a great
appreciation of what a thriving airport could and
should do for a community and were eminently qualified
to serve. Two of the candidates were Republican. One,
Don Pollock the former president of the Monroe County
Airport Authority, has obtained more government
funding in the form of grants than any other member
who ever served on the authority. Additionally, Don’s
contacts within the Ohio Division of Aviation and the
Federal Aviation Administration are unparalleled. The
other Republican was Dan Greenlee. Dan has attended
religiously the meetings of the Monroe County Airport
Authority as a concerned citizen and supporter of the
airport. His input in the meetings is always well
thought out and pertinent to the challenges that the
airport faces. The other two eminently qualified
persons were Raymond Petty, another former long-term
airport authority member and Tom LaFollette, a local
pilot who has a passion for aviation that is unmatched
and also has a proven track record of service in
political and labor organizations. Raymond in
particular has donated countless thousands of hours
(over the last 30 years or so) doing both physical
work at the airport and utilizing his knowledge and
contacts to benefit the citizens of Monroe County and
the airport. Why weren’t any of these eminently
qualified people asked to serve?
Here’s what we got: John Curtis from the riverfront,
an obvious political appointment driven only by his
riverfront address. When I asked what Curtis’
knowledge of the aviation industry and his
appreciation of the value of the airport is to Monroe
County, the answer I got from both commissioners is
that he serves on the board of Buckeye Hills.
The second appointment was Charles Brooks, a longtime
Center Township trustee. I don’t think that he has any
particular knowledge of the aviation industry, or much
of a concept of the county airport except as a place
where some local fellows keep their little airplanes.
I wish him the best in fulfilling this appointment and
hope the county benefits from him filling a seat on
the authority.
The third appointment was Larry Fisher. This is the
most egregious of all. Fisher has absolutely no
business continuing to be a member of the Monroe
County Airport Authority for the following reasons.
Fisher is incapable of making impartial decisions with
regards to the airport.
Ohio Revised Code, section 308.04  states this with
regard to Board of Trustees of an airport authority:
Each member of the board of trustees, before entering
upon his official duties, shall take and subscribe to
an oath or affirmation that he will honestly,
faithfully and impartially perform the duties of his
office,and that he will not be interested directly or
indirectly in any contract let by the regional airport
authority.
Fisher has clearly ignored the mandates of the code
on two occasions: One was his unwavering support and
affirmative vote for David Board to become the manager
of the Monroe County Airport. The firm that Fisher
works for, Fliehman Realty, sold Board property on
Eastern Avenue in Woodsfield.
Second: Fisher’s ardent support of, and campaigning
for the Oil and Gas lease that was signed between Beck
Energy and the Monroe Airport Authority. Beck Energy’s
leasing agent in the matter was Becky Sims who just
happens to work for Fliehman Realty as well.
I ask you to decide whether Fisher has complied with
the directives of the Ohio Revised Code or not.
Finally, I would like to relate this story about
Fisher’s service on the airport authority. Last year
we were having vandalism occur at the airport. Several
aircraft, mine included, were tampered with while they
were in locked hangars. Also J&S Flying Service and my
company Always Flying Aircraft Restoration, LLC had
advertising material removed and destroyed at the
airport. These materials were on the bulletin boards
and were not removed by the manager or any other
authorized person. After an airport authority meeting
I confronted Fisher regarding these issues. A rather
vigorous discussion took place, it didn’t get physical
but offers for that to occur were made.
Fisher apparently saw fit, after a few days, to go to
the Monroe County Sheriff and file a complaint against
me for threatening him. Here’s what happened:
(Remember Fisher was and has been appointed as a
responsible steward over county assets and monies).
The Sheriff’s department investigated this matter.
During the investigation at least two deputies
interviewed between six and 10 people with regards to
our “discussion.” It was decided to pass the matter on
to the County Prosecutor. The prosecutor decided to
pursue the matter. At the same time Riethmiller, the
prosecutor, inserted a statement in both case files
(Fisher’s and mine) that if both parties agreed to
drop the matter the case would end. At the same time
Riethmiller and Hampton, the assistant prosecutor,
decided to remove themselves from the case due to
conflict of interest. Now remember this is a minor
misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct (ORC
2917.11A1, which carries no jail sentence only a
fine). This action caused a Special Prosecutor to be
appointed to handle this matter for the county. He was
Raymond Dugger of Washington County. Immediately upon
learning of this (translated being served a summons to
appear in County Court by a deputy sheriff) I drafted
a letter to the Special Prosecutor forwarded through
the Monroe County Prosecutor indicating my willingness
to drop the matter. Fisher would not do the same. As
the matter wore on I was informed that the charges
were to be dropped without prejudice and the case
would be re-filed. Sometime later I was served a
summons for the second case by a Woodsfield Policy
officer. I had also heard through the grapevine that
Fisher had finally approached the Monroe County
Prosecutor wanting to drop the matter. On Dec. 24,
2007, I called Dugger and explained what I heard and
Dugger said he would contact Fisher to verify this and
if it were true, he would drop the case provided that
both parties pay the court costs. I agreed and so did
Fisher. The County Court fines for each of us were $62
apiece.
Due to Fisher’s bullheadedness and his personal
vendetta against me, Monroe County collected $124.
That’s pretty good but what do you think it cost
Monroe County to collect that $124? Here’s what I’ve
come up with and I’m pretty sure I’m within 10
percent. This takes in to account the time of all of
the county employees who were associated with the
matter except the County Court Judge.
The figure that I arrived at was $2230.71 or exactly
17.98 times the amount of the costs that were
collected. Amazing isn’t it, all of this because of a
personal vendetta by a man who was appointed to be a
responsible steward over county assets and funds. I
have attached to this letter the salaries of all of
the parties involved. This information is public
record and you can verify it for yourself if you want.
I based the figures on the time I estimated each of
the parties spent on the matter. Dugger’s fee to the
County of $1000 was confirmed to me by him during our
telephone discussion on Dec. 24.
Finally I find it extremely interesting to consider
that both the Prosecutor and Assistant Prosecutor of
Monroe County found it necessary to back down from a
“school yard” spat misdemeanor charge and have a
special prosecutor appointed at county expense. But,
when a commissioner (Block) is charged with OMVI and
leaving the scene of an accident, the Assistant
Prosecutor takes the case and agrees to postpone it
until after the primary election in which the accused
is running for re-election as county commissioner.
Block, Pyles and Thompson, your course of action
should be clear in this matter. You need to move to
rectify your mistake immediately. Remove Larry Fisher
from the Monroe County Airport Authority.
Additionally, appoint two of the four obviously
qualified persons to fill the other two vacancies on
the authority.
To the citizens of Monroe County, things are getting
pretty bad with the commissioners and their
stewardship of the county. We need to make it standing
room only at each of their meetings to look out for
our best interests, it’s plain to see that if we leave
it to them our interests will take the back seat to
politics and personal gain. If we don’t act to protect
our interests soon the only thing that will be left in
Monroe County will be the wild turkeys, deer and dope
growers. It’s apparent that some people would like it
that way. You can act to change the situation; two of
three commissioners are running for re-election this
year! Vote!
Wayne A Forshey
Woodsfield

Costs to Monroe County
Larry Fisher/Wayne Forshey
Disorderly Conduct cases:
Fall 2007
(1) Prosecutor Salary: $92,000 per yr./2080 hours +
$44.23 per hr. x 10 hrs. = $442.30. (2) Assistant
Prosecutor Salary: $28,000 per yr./2080 hours = $13.46
per hr. x 8 hrs. = $107.68. (3) Prosecutor’s Office
Staff No. 1: $34,000 per yr./2080 hours = $16.34 per
hr. x 8 hrs. = $130.72. (4) Prosecutor’s Office Staff
No. 2: $20,000 per yr./2080 hrs. = $9.62 per hr. x 8
hrs. $76.96. (5) Clerk of County Court: $24,000 per
yr./2080 hours = $11.53 per hr. x 10 hrs. = $115.30.
(6) Monroe County Sheriff Deputy - Take initial
complaint: $13.50 x 1.5 hrs. = $20.25. (7) Monroe
County Sheriff Deputies - Investigation/Interviews:
$13.50 per hr. x 20 hrs. = $270. (8) Monroe County
Sheriff Deputy - Serve Summons for first case: $13.50
per hr. x 3 hrs. = $40.50. (9) Woodsfield Police
Officer - Serve Summons for second case: $9 per hr. x
3 hrs. = $27. (10) Special Prosecutor’s fee to Monroe
County: $1,000.
Total cost to Monroe County: $2230.71. Fines paid in
to Monroe County: $124.
Did Fisher cause Monroe County funds to be spent in a
responsible manner? You decide!

< Obituaries (read the full obituary in the paper) 

EILEEN H. STEVENS
Eileen Hartshorn Stevens 75,  died Jan. 4, 2008, in
Westminster, Md., with family members at her side. She
was receiving hospice care for cancer. She was born
June 23, 1932, and daughter of the late Chauncey and
Nellie Hines Hartshorn on the family farm near
Lewisville.

DELORES JANE McVEY
Delores Jane McVey, 65, TR 305, Graysville, died Jan.
8, 2008, at Cleveland Clinic. She was born July 20,
2942 in Portsmouth, a daughter of Samuel Tomlin and
Susie McGinnis Tomlin.

WALTER F. ENSINGER
Walter F. Ensinger, 89, Beautiful Ridge, Clarington,
died Jan. 9, 2008, at Wetzel County Hospital, New
Martinsville. He was born Feb. 13, 1918, in Monroe
County, the son of the late Fred and Pearl Lude
Ensinger. Sympathy expressions at
www.grisellfuneralhomes.com.

ARCHIE C. PIATT
Archie C. Piatt, 76, 46004 Malaga St., Lewisville,
died Jan. 12, 2008, at Monroe County Care Center,
Woodsfield. He was born near Sardis, March 12, 1931, a
son of the late Lorenza and Pearl Winsola Hissom
Piatt. Online condolences may be expressed at
www.wattersfuneralhome.com

MARTHA R. CLINE
Martha R. Cline, 98, Reynoldsburg, formerly of
Monroe County, died Jan. 14, 2008, at Crestview Manor
Nursing Home, Lancaster. She was born Oct. 15, 1909 in
Benton Twp., Monroe County, a daughter of the late
Forest H. Dye and Cora Fox Dye. Online condolences
can be expressed at www.bauerturner.com.

HAROLD W. GOOD
Harold W. “Red” Good, 80, Woodsfield, formerly of the
Dayton area, died Jan. 5, 2008, at Kobacker House
Hospice, Columbus.

<Around the Burnside

By Denny Easterling

A simpleton can learn only by seeing mockers
punished; a wise person learns from instruction.
Those who shut there ears to the cries of the poor
will be ignored in their time of need.
A throw blanket on the couch, scarlet and gray M&Ms,
all dressed in OSU stuff including a cap, a tea pot
and two cups with OSU logo, all of this and it didn’t
do any thing to help out. The Go Bucks went. Oh well,
there’s always next year and after all three out of
six years to the big dance ain’t bad. It would be nice
to win one again. Who ever thought they would finish
number two back in September. Go Bucks! Even had OSU
potato chips, no help.
Question: Do the alphabet song and Twinkle Twinkle
Little Star have the same tune?
Why did you just try singing these two songs?
I read over the holidays someone has figured out it
takes 10 billion snowflakes to build a snowman.
Technology has come a long way if you can count the
snowflakes in a snowman. What fun it would be sitting
out in the snow and counting the flakes one at a time.
Then what use is this information after you  have it
compiled? They didn’t even indicate what size snowman.
They told me I was gullible -- and I believed them.
The new year is well on its way and here it is the
middle of January already. I guess it’s time for a
winter check-up. I’ve had a new generator installed
and I think I’m about ready for an eye check and a
hearing aid check plus another check or two and I’m
prepared for heading in to spring check-up. As you
grow older it seems as though you get more like an
older automobile. Something goes wrong you just get it
replaced, repaired, or by passed.
I don’t think I heard anyone complain about the
weather we had a little while back except I did hear
“Everyone will have a cold because of it.” Always
something. I even had someone tell me they saw a
person mowing grass during the nice days we had. That
person must have gotten a new mower for Christmas or
has a couple of blades of grass too long or something.
It is kind of nice to think about mowing grass.
Speaking of weather, do you know the state with the
highest percentage of people who walk to work? -
Alaska.
Income tax is on us now. Time to settle up with our
government. It would be kind of nice if those in
charge would not waste so much of the money we pay in.
I normally get a little dab back each year, seems
almost like getting money from home without asking for
it even if it is your money in the first place.
I guess the old saying “If it sounds too good to be
true,” it isn’t. I heard on the news this evening some
folks were having trouble with the Reverse Mortgage
deal. Live off what your home is worth. Seems as tho
we have people who are trying to take money off the
unsuspecting or older folks. I don’t know how but in
my E-mail today there was an E-mail from Cool Money. I
deleted them without reading because I knew it was a
way to get so called easy money. I drove by a sign on
a building in Caldwell, “First five loans interest
free. How about that for a trap?
Did you know every day more money is printed for
Monopoly than the US Treasury.
The basketball season is moving along at a fast pace.
The Beallsville and Monroe Central girls took off
where they left off after the volley ball season was
over. Keep up the good work, girls.
It doesn’t seem possible to realize the OVAC
tournament will be held in two or three weeks. A
little different system this year as each team
scheduled 18 games and a tournament will be held for
the top four (I think) and each division to crown a
champion and the rest of the team will still play two
more games. I’m not sure who they play will be
decided.
Not the same, I remember Skyvue parking space was
full by the time the reserve game started. Now a good
many get there in time for the varsity game. I
remember once a lady brought a rubber chicken to the
game and was swinging it around and was told to stop
or that chicken would be stuffed where the sun doesn’t
shine. I miss that now.
Which reminds me. I received a little different
method for cooking turkey. Prepare the turkey as you
would to roast, however, you mix popcorn with the
stuffing. Stuff the turkey as normal and put it into
the oven. When the turkey blows the door off the oven
it’s done. I’ll bet you would not have much left over
turkey cooked this way.
A couple of questions to ponder: Why does round pizza
come in square boxes:
What disease did cured ham have?
The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime
time TV was Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
Going to church this Sunday? I hope.
Bible readings: (Mon.) Psalm 31;1-5; From Luke
(Tues.) 12:22-24; (Wed. 12:25-26; (Thurs.) 12:27-28;
(Fri.) 12:29-31; (Sat.) 12:32-34; (Sun). Psalm
146:1-7.