P.O. Box 70, Woodsfield, OH 43793
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& Obituaries for Sept. 28, 2006
Questioned, Cooks Seek Communication
Read more in the Sept. 28
by Arlean Selvy
The public participation portion of last week's
meeting of the Switzerland of Ohio
Board of Education brought issues to light ... but not all were addressed.
Heather Dornon aired her concern about hiring
practices and Bonnie Rothenbuhler spoke on the lack of communication
between classified personnel and the office of Todd Allen, director of
support services. Gary Cook read a letter from the Agricul-tural Advisory
Ron Sebring had questions about buses and the district's proposed income
Seeks Position of Common Pleas Court Judge
Lynn Kent Riethmiller
Lynn Kent Riethmiller, a Monroe County attorney for 29 years, is seeking
election to the office of Monroe County Court of Common Pleas Judge in
the fall election.
Lynn and Joyce, his wife of 33 years, live on the family farm in Ohio
Township. A life-long resident of Monroe County, he graduated from River
High School in 1969, and received his undergraduate degree from The Ohio
State University in 1974. He later attended law school at The Ohio State
University, receiving his law degree in 1977.
After graduation and receiving his license to practice law, Riethmiller
had the opportunity to commence practice in Woodsfield with long-time
attorney, the late George F. Burkhart. After Burkhart's ascension to the
Common Pleas Court bench in 1980, Riethmiller continued in private
practice for 24 years.
During this time, he was involved in most areas of law including a civil
practice in real estate, oil and gas, banking, business relationship,
estate planning, probate, juvenile, family and domestic law and civil
litigation. Additionally, he engaged in criminal defense practice,
having served as Monroe County Public Defender for 13 years.
Riethmiller has been a member of the Ohio State Bar Association since
1977 and has been a past member of the Ohio Trial Lawyer's Association.
He is a long-time member of the Woodsfield Kiwanis Club and is also a
member of the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce.
In 1996, Riethmiller had the opportunity to run successfully for
Prosecuting Attorney and has held that position since January, 1997. He
continued in his experience with criminal law and gained additional
experience in civil issues affecting governmental entities and political
subdivisions. Since serving as Prosecuting Attorney, Riethmiller has
been a member of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorney's Association.
He has served as solicitor for the villages of Beallsville, Clarington
"I am excited to have the opportunity to run for the office of Common
Pleas Judge," said Riethmiller. "I believe the position and the county
are best served by a judge who is not only fair and impartial, but who
has had extensive experience in all areas of law which may come before
the Court, as well as a judge who has had many years of trial
civil and criminal."
Airport Requests Exemption
Read more in the Sept. 28
by Arlean Selvy
Weights and measures are 'right on' and repairs have been made at Monroe
County Airport, which has been given approval to sell fuel for a 14-day
period. Approval was effective Sept. 19.
The Airport Authority Board is now seeking an exemption from the director
of the Division of Agriculture due to the the inability of the airport's
equipment to compute and display sales over 99 cents a gallon.
According to Wayne Forshey, member of the Airport Authority, they have
hand pumps, a 50-foot aviation fueling hose, purchased a new dispensing
and a reconditioned fire extinguisher.
Seeks Administration of County's Senior Programs
Read more in the Sept. 28
by Arlean Selvy
For nearly 14 months, GMN Tri-County CAC has administered Monroe
County's senior services program. At a Sept. 18 meeting with county
commissioners, Gary Ricer, executive director, GMN, asked
commissioners to consider allowing GMN to not only administer the
program, but place it under GMN rather, than under county
commissioners, as service provider.
Commissioners this week took action that will open the door for GMN to
bid and replace the county as the services provider.
Ricer, at the Sept. 18 meeting, said if GMN became the service
provider nothing would change. All employees would remain at their
current status; GMN would continue to take
direction and guidance from county commissioners. He said employees
would be under GMN as opposed to being county employees.
Original C&M Pizza Returns
Hoss and Tammy Hudson, new owners of Hudson's Pantry, formerly The Swiss
Pantry, have brought back the original C&M Pizza. They will also carry bulk
food items and baked
goods. Photo by Martha Ackerman
by Martha Ackerman
"The original C&M Pizza is back," say Hoss and Tammy Hudson, the new
owners of Hudson's Pantry, located on SR145, near Beallsville. The
couple has brought back the long-time favorite pizza sold by Bob and
Jean Wilson when the business was called The Swiss Pantry.
"The business has had several owners," says Hoss, "but it just hasn't
been the same."
So, the couple wants to bring back the original pizza shop and bulk
food store with a few added extras.
(read the full obituary in the paper)
Read more in the Sept.
M. Cline, 88, Beallsville, formerly of Powhatan Point Born Oct.
L. King, 63, Wooster
Nov. 25, 1942- Sept. 19, 2006
Angela R. Kowalczuk, 87, Woodsfield
July 19, 1919- Sept. 20, 2006
P. Tallman, 95, Woodsfield
Nov. 30, 1910-Sept. 19, 2006.
C. Hall, 86, Rinard Mills
April 13, 1918-Sept. 22, 2006
Eugene Cline, 73, Beloit
Sept. 26, 1932-Sept. 18, 2006
Letters to the Editor
After reading last Thursday's Beacon article entitled "Citizens Approach
Answers and Get Questioned," I felt that I had to respond. First, I would
like to commend
Arlean Selvy, Gwynn Clifford and the entire Beacon staff for their
to presenting the news of Monroe County in an honest, complete and
unbiased manner. My
hat is off to you in performing this daunting task so professionally,
don't ever stop!
I was greatly disturbed and appalled by what transpired at the
meeting that was reported in the Sept. 21 issue of the paper. It would
seem that even
though there was mention of what constitutes "Public Service," our elected
Commissioners, mentioned in the article don't have a clue to what it
really means. I was
ashamed to have to say these men are our County Commissioners.
I am proud to come from a family that has provided true Public Servants to
County for over 50 continuous years as elected office holders. Many people
have heard the
story I tell about my mother, Lena E. Neuhart Forshey's dedication to
public service. She was
Monroe County Recorder for 28 years. The story concerns my mother
interrupting a holiday
meal to open the Recorder's Office as a result of a request from former
county residents for
information contained in her office. They had parents who were still
residing in the county.
Mom got up from the table and opened the office because she was a Public
realized every day that she held office because of the public's faith in
her. She always made
it a point to put the public first and realized who she worked for and was
thankful for the
job! My mother and the other members of my family in public service were
and are good
and faithful stewards of the offices entrusted to them by the electorate
It is a shame that more citizens of Monroe County have not been present at
Commissioners' meetings. I have had the opportunity to attend them over
the past few
months and it's been an education. True public servants and good stewards
of the public
trust don't attack citizens who seek answers to honest, serious questions.
I've seen that
happen more than once. Citizens who ask serious questions don't expect or
deserve to be
told to go and get the answers for themselves, much less to be told to
"state a reason, leave
information and expect an answer in a timely manner." It's totally
inappropriate for them to
be attacked after they have acquired the answers themselves and then
presented them to
the Commissioners. This has happened on issues as various as River Ridge,
Clock, the Sunshine Laws of our state, not to mention the electronic media
I've attended the meetings and witnessed the same questions being asked
week and seen them not answered in a "timely manner." It seems to me that
some of the
questions are still unanswered. Citizens don't deserve to be accused by a
"wasting our time and taxpayer money," and "not having gotten the facts"
or that their
questions about seemingly inappropriate or illegal meetings being
It's the Commissioners job to answer the questions.
If Mr. Block or Mr. Hudson are feeling uncomfortable by the questions
asked at their
meetings, they need to realize they caused the heat themselves by their
witnessed the reluctance to answer questions. I've witnessed the
of a published public meeting. I've witnessed the accusation by one
"getting in his face" and the vehement reaction of another Commissioner to
asked by a county employee regarding the chain of command with regard to
who she works
for. That was a perfectly legitimate question that deserved a dignified
answer that she
didn't get. I've witnessed the low tone of conversation in the meetings
that makes it difficult
for one with normal hearing to follow what is taking place as it happens.
That's why a
member of the public made the offer of $100 at a meeting (which was
accepted) to get the
audio recording equipment repaired so that at least the tapes will be
Yes, it's unfortunate that more citizens don't have the time to see their
work in a Commissioners' meeting. If they did, I think they would be able
to attest that
Dennis Ward, Ed Vargo, Dan Greenlee and Jeff Woodell are truly interested
in the welfare of
Monroe County and its citizens. That's their agenda, not playing politics
or for personal
gain. Yes, Misters Block and Hudson have done a pretty fair job of
painting these citizen
advocates with the broad brush of being radicals and shit-stirrers, but if
the public had the
opportunity that I've been given, they would understand and see the truth.
In conclusion, I would like to recall the words of another radical
Franklin. Here's the story: "At the close of the Constitutional Convention
in Philadelphia on
Sept 18, 1787, a Mrs. Powel anxiously awaited the results, and as Benjamin
emerged from the long task now finished, asked him directly: 'Well Doctor,
what have we
got, a republic or a monarchy?'
"'A republic if you can keep it,' responded Franklin."
To Mark Forni, Dennis Ward, Ed Vargo, Dan Greenlee and Jeff Woodell, I'd
like to say
thanks for helping us keep our republic. Keep up the good work! I'm proud
to know you! To
the citizens of Monroe County: become informed, involved and vote. That's
the only way we'll keep our republic and give Monroe County a bright
Wayne A. Forshey
Son of Sam and Lena Forshey
Denny Easterling~ Lewisville
Truth stands the test of time; lies are soon
Deceit fills hearts that are plotting evil; joy fills hearts that are
Did you solve the kind of spelling test from last week? If you take the
first letter of
banana, dresser, grammar, potato, revive, uneven and voodoo and place it
on the end of the
word, it spells the same backward as it did forward.
Before I forget it, I mentioned a few weeks ago or rather questioned why
departments didn't have more trucks in the fair parade. I found out from
a reliable source
only two are wanted so I don't blame the departments, sorry.
Another wild idea, why not call it a County Fair Parade and go all out?
Seems to me it
could work out to be quite an event. Yes, it would take a lot of work.
A very interesting issue of the Beacon last week. It's always a bit more
interesting when reporting the commissioners' meeting when someone
attends and asks questions. I'm not sure I'd want to attend a meeting
with the possibility of getting put on the hot seat and have questions
thrown at me.
All my life I try to follow something I learned very early in life; if
someone asks you a question and you do not know the answer, you should
say, "I don't know, but I'll try to find out and get back to you later."
If I had some information I shared what I knew. In a life time of
working with youth and adults I can never remember getting angry (mad)
asked a question, in fact, I felt my students should ask more questions.
On the other hand, I've never been in a situation where the answer to a
question might affect a whole county.
So what else is new? I read in the Journal a few weeks ago in the news
100 years ago;
"Mount Ephraim - One has only to ride over the road between our town and
Mt. Ephraim station to come to the conclusion that Noble County needs a
further change in the board of commissioners."
Have you ever heard of an urban legend? It's a story or statement that
is told as a matter of fact and it ends up as not true. Sometimes it can
get a lot of people excited. You get a bunch of them on your computer,
even if you do not have the high speed deal.
I'll share a couple of things I've heard lately, however, don't get too
excited as they might be urban legends. First off, Wal-Mart is planning
to build a Super Center in Monroe County. Noble County is out because of
stores in Cambridge and Marietta, so we're in. After all, Wal-Mart has
said they are going to build a super store in every county. The second
heard is there is a possibility of the state providing 95 percent of the
cost of three new school buildings in our county. I wouldn't hold your
breath as both could just be an urban
He has a concrete mind, permanently set and all mixed up or do you know
what's more clever than speaking in several languages? Keeping your
mouth shut in one.
A positive step? I think so. I'm talking about the recent formation of
the Community Foundation. I think a lot of credit and support should be
given those who formed the
foundation and are moving it along. One of the things I like about it,
if successful, it will spread to all areas of the county. I don't
understand all I know about it but as Mom used to
say, "Heaven helps them that help themself," so I say "Go for it, if
it's there, go for it." It's easy to see those who formed the foundation
has our county youth and the rest of the
county at heart. I'd like to write one more statement but I'd better
now, I think you might guess what it is. Be sure to vote.
Well, the football season is half over except for those headed for the
playoffs. It looks as though Beallsville Blue Devils are headed toward
the playoffs again this year, in fact, they will probably host the
playoff game. Considering this, question new lights for the field? I
Dave Caldwell may not get the publicity that some coaches in the area
do, however, he seems to come up with competitive teams year after year
in spite of his head covering from time to time. Wouldn't it be great if
they could go all the way to the final four?
What a change over the years. We played touch football in high school
during our noon hour or phys ed and that was about it. I did start at
Muskingum before graduating from
high school and went out for spring football. I had to watch other
players put on their pads and such before I could suit up. I then had no
idea what to do except a buddy said, "Hit him high or hit him low" and I
did until rheumatic fever took over. I can't remember even seeing a
football game until I started at O.S.U. Now kids go at it from the third
Twinkies have been around since 1926 and originally filled with banana
filling. There was a shortage of bananas during WW II so Twinkies were
switched to vanilla filling; they
have never switched back. Is there anyone who doesn't like Twinkies?
A lawyer is a person who will read a 10,000 word document and call it a
Mark your calendar and watch out: Oct. 15 is National Grouch Day. (Get
Start the fall season by attending church Sunday.
Bible readings: (Mon.) Psalm 91; (Tues.) Psalm 27:1-6; (Wed.) Judges
Hebrews 11:1,2 32-34; from Judges (Fri.) 4:1-10; (Sat.) 4:12-16; (Sun.)