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<Headlines & Obituaries for Nov. 30, 2006     < News Archives    

< Christmas Festival Set in Woodsfield

From Breakfast with Santa at 8 a.m. to a Christmas Concert set for 8 p.m. in the Woodsfield United Methodist Church on North Main St, the Woodsfield Christmas Festival has an all day line-up of special offerings.
Coordinators Ruth Workman and Sally Seidler have a platter full of Christmas goodies to delight visitors of all ages at the Dec. 2 festivities.
Angels, elves and other Christmas characters will walk around town distributing candy canes, restaurants will have lunch and dinner specials, shoppers will find specials and refreshments available in stores, children may have breakfast with Santa at the Moose and their pictures taken with Santa at Nowadays.
Christmas movies at the First Baptist Church are sure to be a hit as will the crafts and other items on sale in the courthouse, where the Santa Express is on display.
For kids and grown-ups alike, here's the chance to take a ride around town in a horse drawn carriage and check out all the Christmas decorations. Two carriages and a wagon will be available on West Court Street at
the James Peters Law Offices across from the
You may also want to vote on the best store front decorations. At press time Monday, 21 businesses had signed up to participate. Below you will find a ballot on which to cast your vote. Ballots should be taken to Nowadays, North Main on the Square next to the courthouse, where a 10-foot banner announces the Festival.
Caroling by First Baptist Church members will take place at the courthouse from 5:30 to 6:60.
Outside the courthouse will be placed luminaries which may be purchased from the  Charlie's Angels Relay for Life team in honor or in memory of a loved one stricken with cancer. Luminaries will be festive, wrapped with red or green ribbons, and will encircle the grounds and entryway. The American Cancer Society, with the Relay for Life team, will have an informational open house at the Chamber Office on East Court Street.
Inside the courthouse, at least 17 vendors will be set up with special and useful gift  ideas.
A crowd pleasing parade sporting at least 21 units will begin at 7 p.m. Included will be Clydesdale horses and a miniature horse and cart. The Festival's Little Princess will be featured in the parade. Make plans to attend the fun-filled day in Woodsfield.

< County JFS Director Resigns


Read more in the Nov. 30 edition...
by Arlean Selvy

The resignation of Vaughn Smith, director, Job and Family Services, was accepted during the Nov. 27 meeting of county commissioners, who also heard an update concerning the E-911 telephone system.
In his letter of resignation, Smith said he had
accepted a position as Chief Financial Officer of the Hamilton County JFS in Cincinnati. His last day of work will be Jan. 6.

<Warm the Children Receives Donation

Warm the Children
The congregation of Bracken Ridge United Methodist Church, through offerings, recently donated $600 to the Warm the Children program. Lewisville resident Earl Anderson, a member of the church, said "We couldn't think of anything any better to do with the $600."  

<Westwood Residents Secretly
     Work for Santa

Photo by Arlean Selvy


Residents at the Westwood Landing assisted living facility raised $1,000 for their second annual Secret Santa project. Revenue was generated through the sales of homemade noodles, cook books, Christmas cards, dolls and bird houses, constructed by Walter Brown, a
resident. 'Numbers'  are obtained from Jobs and Family Services along with an item wished for by a child.
Gifts are purchased, wrapped and the number (which is used in place of the child's name) is placed on the gift. Some of those working with the project are, from left, Wilma Kinzy, Norma L. Brown, Clara Rausch and Vi Miller. 

< Request to Rezone Property as Commercial Site in Woodsfield



Read more in the Nov. 30 edition...
by Arlean Selvy

A new business may be coming to Woodsfield's South Main Street.
A public hearing will be held Jan. 2 at 6:35 p.m. at the municipal building with regard to rezoning the S. Main property from residential to commercial.
Attorney Gary Smith spoke with council members last week concerning the change. He said a group has taken an option on the property if the zoning goes through.
Smith told council of the interest shown by a
commercial retail sales business. The building for the business would be 9,000 square feet and, according to Smith, would employ seven to 10 people.

< Commissioners to Advertise
for Airport Authority Board Members


Read more in the Nov. 30 edition...

County commissioners agreed last week to advertise for two individuals to serve three-year terms on the Airport Authority Board. Letters of interest will be accepted until Dec. 29. The seats of Edgar McVey and Wayne Forshey are to be filled. Forshey had been appointed to complete an unexpired term of Raymond Petty.
Following a short executive session with Ronda Piatt, dog warden, officials approved the hiring of Diane Kerns, Sardis, as a part-time, as needed, Pound Keeper/Assistant Dog Warden. Her employment was effective Nov. 20 at $6.80 per hour. The vote was 2-0. Commissioner Gary Hudson was absent.

(read the full obituary in the paper) 

 < Rosswell E. Ruble, 85, Powhatan Point, died Nov. 16, 2006, at Wheeling Hospital in Wheeling. He was born Feb. 15, 1921 at Powhatan Point, a son of the late
Bernard and Daisy Hines Ruble.

<Florence R. Fryman, 95, 1046 Claremont Ave., Ashland, died Nov. 22, 2006, at Brethren Care Nursing Home. She was born Feb. 19, 1911, in Summerfield, a daughter of the late W.F. and Mary Meek Keylor.

<Luke Kenneth Edmunds, infant, died Nov. 14, 2006, due to complications in pregnancy.
Surviving are his parents, Ken and Amy Edmunds; two brothers, Will and Johnny; sister, Courtney; maternal grandparents, Tom and Julie Myers; paternal grandparents, John and Gloria Edmunds; maternal great-grandmother, Phyllis Wells; maternal great-grandparents, Jack and Helen Myers; and a caring collection of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

<Robert K. Helmick, Jr., 56, 32560 Skin Creek Rd., Lewisville, died Nov. 19, 2005, at Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Woods-field. He was born at Uniontown, Pa., on Aug. 7, 1950, a son of Eleanor McKlveen Helmick and the late Robert K. Helmick, Sr.

< Ruth Hartshorn, 90, Hartshorn Rdg., Graysville, died Nov. 20, 2006, at her home. She was born Dec. 19, 1915, in Monroe County, a daughter of the late James Brade Hawkins and Ora Denbow Hawkins

<Raymond D. Snyder, 76, 34497 SR 78, Lewisville, died Nov. 25, 2006, at Wheeling Hospital, Wheeling. He was born near Lewisville, Dec. 17, 1929, a son of the late
Charles and Wanita Bognes Snyder.

<Mary Lillian Saffle Rolen, 82, Woodsfield, died Nov. 19, 2006, at Marietta Memorial Hospital. She was born Aug. 3, 1924, a daughter of the late Okey Saffle and Myrtle St. John Saffle. She retired from LGAM Manufacturing and also had worked in the former Truax and Bayes Restaurants and a member of the First Baptist Church of Woodsfield.

< Letters to the Editor Dear Editor,
As the Director, Deputy director and members of the
Monroe County board of elections, we want to praise
the many residents who served as polling officials in
the Nov. 7 election. They deserve the respect and
admiration of everyone in the county who cares about
our democratic process.
Serving as a polling official has always been a
difficult and often times thankless job. Polling
officials toil long and often mundane hours with very
little pay. They rise at the break of dawn and work
past dark. This year, their task was further
complicated with new laws and regulations, not to
mention new voting machines.
As usual, they exceeded even our expectations,
courteously assisting voters and responding to
problems and questions with the highest level of
professionalism. While we cannot ever pay them the
money their efforts warrant, we can at least publicly
praise them for their unyielding devotion to our
Margaret Hansen, Director,
Ann Block, Deputy Director and Board Members,
Manifred Keylor, chairman, Delores Dotta and
Rita McCaslin

Dear Editor,
Congratulations to the Monroe Central marching band
and its Director for their appearance in the beautiful
Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade in Wheeling.
It is very heart-warming to learn of those who are
willing to contribute time and energy to produce
beautiful music for the enjoyment of all. Gratefully.
Bertha Burkhart

Dear Editor,
Over the last several months, we have been bombarded
by the terminology "County Short Fall," and reminded
of the disastrous financial situation the county now
faces. While business development is progressing in
neighboring counties, we remain stagnant, with our
heads buried deeply in the sand. What has happened to
economic development in our county, we have employed
one of the highest paid Economic Development Directors
in the region, and we experienced little economic
growth. However, we do not hear our county leaders
sighting this as part of the reason for the "County
short fall."
With respect to my aforementioned comments I have
been provided only one excuse; "Ormet." Where were our
county executives in keeping Ormet current with their
financial obligation? Did the county leaders not feel
it was their fiscal responsibility to hold the
Economic Develop Director responsible for the lack of
growth in the county? Every former Ormet employee,
local business, and taxpayer is paying for the
excuse-Ormet. Instead of electing county officials
with executive skills, we still elect "good ole boys,"
with handshakes and promises, which never materialize.
If we continue to bury our heads in the sand, we
deserve exactly what we are presently experiencing. It
is the responsibility of all citizens to voice their
concerns. What will happen to Monroe County if, and
when the state can no longer bail us out of these
continuing "County short falls?"
William F. Carter
W.F. Carter & Associates

<Around the Burnside

by Denny Easterling


Wise people think before they act; fools don't and even brag about it.
The advice of wise is like a life-giving fountain;
those who accept it avoid the snares of death.
Guess what? I had me another Redneck little weenie lunch the other day. I will have to admit those little weenies stick around for a while. I also remember eating goose liver on occasion, or at least that's what they called it. Haven't had any for a long time.
Had an enjoyable church service a couple of Sundays ago. Had to do with humor and laughter. I think some times we tend to sober up when we attend church and a good laugh never hurt anyone plus it helps keep you awake.
Someone has figured out, I don't know how, the
average person laughs only eight times a day. I think
I'd better get busy as I haven't laughed yet today,
but I've growled a couple of times already. I'm not sure if a smile counts.
On the other hand, sometimes a good thing can be overdone. I had a teacher in speech class at OSU who liked to smile. In fact, it seemed as every few words she would smile. This much smiling sort of bothered me so one class period I counted her smiles. In five minutes she smiles 12 times. I thought this can't be right so I counted the next day and she smiled 25 times in 10 minutes.
As a part of the class, we had to sit down with the professor in her office for an evaluation. It was during this time I was able to slip in some things that got on my nerves when listening to a speaker including artificial smiling.
It's kind of funny, this and telling a friend of mine he should stand behind the podium so we couldn't see his legs shaking is about all I remember about the class. I think I received a B grade and do not remember if the smiling stopped or not.
There are two sides to every question and if you want to be popular you take both.
Hip Hop? what the heck is Hip Hop? I guess it shows how outdated I am. I even read a three page article in the Ohio State Alumni magazine about Hip Hop music and never found out what Hip Hop was. Does it mean your hips hop? Mine tend to hip flop. I guess I'll stick to country and gospel and forget Hip Hop, anyway it makes
me tend to think of a rabbit, hippity hoppity.
I saw something on TV the other evening that is
unbelievable. A car with a radio playing Hip Hop music from outer space, moved at least a half dozen cars in order to have a nice roomy parking place. That Hip Hop music must be powerful stuff.
The football season is fast growing to an end and basketball has started already. I tend to enjoy basketball as it is held inside although I've driven through some heavy snow to get to a game. (no more).
The Ohio State Buckeye football team and the team from the University "up north" really stirred up the fans with their game the other Saturday. ticket prices went through the roof. I remember when I purchased a season ticket for $11.50 and even was required to have my picture on the ticket. I do not think I used it
more than a couple of times.
We Buckeye fans say "Go Bucks" while we wait until the big game for all the marbles in January. I don't know who we might play in the National Championship but I kind of hope it ain't that team from up north. In addition to having an outstanding football team, Ohio State has a chance to have a right decent basketball team this year. Their seven foot one inch Greg Ogden will not be available until January, due to a healing broken wrist. Have you ever heard the
saying, "He has hands like a ham of meat?" Well, Greg does, his hand spread out, more than covers an 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet of paper. They are ranked third and are five and zero as I write. Go Bucks!
The other day, I was helping out great-granddaughter, who is in the third grade, with her homework. Actually, this isn't quite correct as she did the work and about all I did was keep her company. She really did not need my expert help. In fact, I wrote much of this "Around the Burnside" while she worked.
She asked me, Why do you write that way?" I told her she would learn to write this way in the fourth grade and bragged how we started writing (penmanship) with ink in the third grade. She asked, "What's ink?" I then explained the ink well in our desk top and the stick pen we dipped in the well and wrote. She was not impressed as she didn't even say "cool." Kids just miss out on all the fun things now days.
I hope all your left-over turkey and other left over food from Thanksgiving dinner are gone. While you were chomping down that good roast turkey, I'll bet you didn't know the muscle structure of that turkey was due more to the hen than to old Tom turkey. OK, I know, you didn't care!
I hope you gave thanks more than one day.
Bible readings: (Mon.) Mathew 12;15-21; (Tues.) Luke 1:26-33; (Wed.) Luke 1:34-38; (Thurs.) Luke 1:45-58; (Fri.) Mathew 17:1-5; (Sat.) Hebrews 1:1-9; (Sun.) Hebrews 1:10-14.