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<Headlines & Obituaries for the Week of July 20, 2006     < News Archives

< Ormet Labor Contract Ratified

 Read more in the July 20 edition...
By Arlean Selvy Publisher
A sign-on bonus.
Wage scale increases.
Improved profit sharing.
Improved health benefits.
Improved pension benefits.
Improved vacation package.
Improved grievance procedure.
Rights under safety and health.
Provision for a contract coordinator.
These are some of the  items listed in a contract
ratified Sunday, July 16, by union employees at
Ormet's Reduction Plant in Hannibal.
According to Jim Markus, vice-president, LU5724,
There is a 90 -day window in which the negotiating
committee can work to resolve any local issues which may arise with regard to the agreement. He noted also that Ormet is committed to resolving any issues.

< Region's Economic Development Salaries Compared



 Read more in the July 20 edition...
by Gwynn Clifford Staff Writer

     Monroe County doesn't stand alone when it comes to
the need for economic development. Regionally, when
compared to similar counties, one of Monroe's
statistics shows the need-the May unemployment rate
topped the state at 9.2 percent (as reported by the
Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services). Monroe's
rate was 11.2 percent in April and remains well above
the national average of 4.6 percent.
     Monroe County's population is 14,760 with a median
annual household income of $30,467. Yet, when compared to other counties in the Appalachian part of the
state, the county's resources expended on economic
development are higher.


< Relay For Life Slated for July 21, 22 at County Fairgrounds

County Relay For Life, the major fundraiser for the
American Cancer Society, is set for July 21 and 22 at
the Monroe County Fairgrounds. This photo was taken at the 2005 Relay as the teams made their first laps carrying their banners. Notice the luminaries lining the path. The luminary service, honoring cancer survivors and remembering those whose lives were taken by cancer, will be held at dark.  Shown are members of the Dream Team: Sam Hammel, Tom Goddard, Kelly Starkey, Eva Starkey, Chuck Yonaley, Jane Yonaley and Tiffany Estel.           
2005 Photo by Martha Ackerman

Read more in the July 20 edition...
The American Cancer Society, the nation's leading
voluntary health organization, will hold its 6th
annual Relay for Life of Monroe County event at the
Monroe County Fairgrounds in Woodsfield, beginning on
Fri, July 21, at 5:30 p.m., and ending on Sat., July
22, at 11 a.m.
   "We have approximately 14 teams this year and we hope
to raise over $60,000," said event co-chair, Pat
McDougal. The monies raised from this event will go
toward the American Cancer Society's research,
education, advocacy and patient service programs.


< Obituaries
(read the full obituary in the paper) 

 Read more in the July 20 edition...
 < Martha McGinnis, Barnesville
            (May 16, 1925-July 17, 2006)
<Monroe JFS Team Earns Award

Monroe County's Workforce Investment Agency, directed by Janet Henthorn, WIA coordinator and manager of Monroe County Works, was honored June 29 as Team of the Month, along with other staff members from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Local Operations District 3. From left are Holly Smith, Mary Wilhelm and LaVerne Shapley.


Read more in the July 20 edition...
Staff from the Ohio Department of Job and Family
Services Local Operations District 3, were presented
the Team of the Month award by ODJFS Assistant
Director Bruce Madson  on June 29 at ceremonies held
at the Noble County Jobs, etc., Job and Family
Services offices. Joining the ODJFS team, were the
local Workforce Investment Agency staff from Monroe,
Noble, Washington and Belmont counties, and the fiscal
agent, Ohio Valley Employment Resource. Also on hand
for the award was John  Trott, deputy director, ODJFS
local operations and Jason Hoak, assistant deputy
< What's Buzzin' in, Around Fly What's Buzzin' in, Around Fly
                           by  E. JoAnne Jackson
     The big news around Fly these days is the soon-to-open new restaurant in our small village. I am sure as you have passed the old Riverview Restaurant you could not help but notice all the work taking place there.
     We want to welcome Russ and Kathy Hanenkrat to our area and we appreciate you adding another eating
establishment to Fly.
     In speaking with the couple, I have found there is
much excitement in what is going on. A lot of you have
already stopped and asked questions, gave a friendly
welcome and of course, have given suggestions.
     The opening has brought back many old memories of a
place where people gather to eat, share the news and
visit with neighbors and friends. The wonderful pies
that Chris made in the past and many other old
favorites have been brought to the new owners'
attention. This gives us all something to look forward
     Russ and Kathy are relocating from Canton to the
Woodsfield area. They have family and friends who live
here and some of them used to work at the restaurant
in the past.
     They purchased the facility from Christine Harr in
April of this year. The restaurant was operating for
more than 47 years until it was closed due to illness
and then the fire.
     Now we can look forward to this place opening soon.
They hope to have things going by Sept. 14, in time
for the Oil and Gas Festival.
     You can watch in the Beacon for a grand opening
      The facility will have a new fresh look with new
paint and a refreshed inside. There are plans in the
future to build a deck facing the river giving a much
better view of the water.
     They plan to open seven days a week and will continue
to serve good, home-cooked food along with adding some
new menu additions of their own. This will also
include breakfast.
     This will put a new and fresh look to our area,
folks. The couple has been impressed with the warm
welcomes they have already been given and love the
spirit of the people around Fly.
     The summer months are passing quickly, the usual
holiday events and soon the coming of the fall season.
     You may want to plan now for the home decorating
contests. If you have something special for your home
decorations mail boxes or doors or your landscape,
please give me a call so we can drive by and see your
    If you have anything to share in our community
special events, birthdays, etc., please feel free to
call me at 864-2015. I would be more than happy to
include them in the article.
     For now, please enjoy the rest of the summer months
and make it a safe time for our families.