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County Resident Elected President of State-Wide Political Group PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 4:43 PM

Taylor Myers Taylor Myers, a 2011 graduate of Beallsville High School and a current Marietta College senior,  has worked his way up the ladder in a prominent collegiate organization. The end result is that he now reigns as president of the College Democrats of Ohio, an organization chartered through the Ohio Democratic Party and the College Democrats of America. The group has 30 chapters around the state, including many in large state colleges.

“I'm pretty excited to represent the people of Southeast Ohio and show people we're just as important as Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland,” said Myers, who is the first president from both Monroe County and Marietta College.

Taylor is a History major at Marietta College and also plans to earn a minor in Political Science and a certificate of Leadership. He is the student body president at Marietta College, the outgoing president of the local chapter of College Democrats of Ohio, a member of Circle K International (the college version of Kiwanis), a community advisor on campus, a writer for the school newspaper The Marcolian, and the founder of the Pioneer Pride spirit club which created the college's first mascot. Despite all he has accomplished, Taylor's crowning achievement is his new position as president of the College Democrats of Ohio.

He began his climb as president of the local chapter, a group at Marietta College that had only six members. “Under my leadership, we were able to become the largest chapter in the state,” said Myers. The Marietta College chapter has now grown to 42 members strong.

Myers said part of the reason why he sought the state-wide position was to help the entire organization grow like it has in Marietta. “I'm trying to take that model [established locally] and apply it everywhere,” Myers said.

“It's an interesting balance between being a club and being political,” Myers explained about the organization. “You have to have that fun aspect or you won't get members. We want to support candidates, but we're still 19, 20, 21 year olds.”

While much of the activities of the local chapter revolve around having fun amongst like-minded people, they do play important roles in political races. Myers said a big responsibility is canvassing and phone banking for candidates. “We're often the boots on the ground,” he explained. 

New Water Fund Established PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 4:42 PM

The Woodsfield Village Council met on Aug. 4 for its regular session meeting and Aug. 11 for a special session meeting. During the Aug. 4 meeting, an attempt was made to pass a motion to create a new Water Filtration Fund in the water department. With only four council members present for the vote and a “No” vote by Councilman Bill Moore, the motion failed.

On Aug. 11, with five council members present, a vote was taken upon the measure again and passed unanimously. Established via an emergency basis was Ordinance 1171-2014.

The new ordinance will create a Water Filtration Fund that will be funded by taking $1,250 from monthly water utility revenue. The Water Capital Improvement and Emergency Fund will continue to be funded by 10% of revenues plus 25 cents per each 1,000 gallons of usage. The General Fund will continue to receive 3% of all water utility revenues. 

Modern Home and Hardware Give-A-Way PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 4:39 PM

Modern Home and Hardware recently held a big sales event at its store in Woodsfield. As part of the sales festivities, two give-a-ways were planned. Winning the drawing for a Toshiba LED TV was customer Jennifer Henthorn. Customer Michael Frohnapfel was the winner of a Frigidaire chest freezer. Modern Home and Hardware will hold its next big sales event on Sept. 13 during its annual hog roast and pie bake-off.

Commissioners Meet With MCCC Representatives, Discuss New Jail PDF Print E-mail
Written by Darin Brown, General Manager   
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 4:32 PM

Concerns over the loan payment schedule on money advanced to the Monroe County Care Center [MCCC] were alleviated during the Aug. 11 regular session meeting of the Monroe County Board of Commissioners. The situation was addressed by Greg Johnson, accountant of MCCC managing group Progressive Health Care Systems, via contact made with the Ohio Auditor’s office.

Previously, Monroe County Auditor Pandora Neuhart had raised concerns over $350,000 advanced to MCCC in two installments in 2013 and 2014.  During the July 7 commissioners’ meeting, Neuhart reported that, based on information received from representatives from the Ohio Auditor’s office who were present in the county at the time, it was her belief that the money advanced in 2013 should have been already paid back and that the money advanced in 2014 was due soon. At the time, Johnson said he would confirm this information with the Ohio Auditor’s office.

During the Aug. 11 meeting, Johnson reported that he had spoken with the Ohio Auditor’s office and all was well with the current situation. He was told that there are three options in the circumstances: 1. The advancement could be considered a permanent transfer that would not have to be paid back but could be paid back at a later time with the approval of the Court of Common Pleas, 2. The advancement could be considered a long-term advance and would have to be paid back in a period of roughly five years, or 3. The advancement would be considered a short-term advance and would be required to be paid back within one year.

The indication Johnson received from his contact was that the advance could be considered long-term. With that in mind, Johnson presented commissioners with a memorandum of understanding that stated the cash advance will be paid back over the next five to seven years beginning in October of this year.

Auditor Neuhart, who was present for the meeting, apologized for the her previous assertions about the payment schedule. She said she was misinformed by those she spoke to from the Ohio Auditor’s Office. Johnson reported that his contact also apologized for any misinformation that may have been supplied by the office to Auditor Neuhart.

In other news, commissioners met with Jack Rosati Jr. of the Bricker and Eckler law firm to further discuss the possibilities to build a new county jail. Rosati reported to commissioners the options they have to structure the construction project if the county moves forward with it. 

Muskingum Livestock 8/6/14 Results PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 4:27 PM

August 06  Total Head 1259

Fed cattle 142; choice steers $160-175; good steers $159 & down; holstein steers $142.50-152.50; choice heifers $156-168; good heifers $155 & down;  182 commercial cows  $100-150; canners and cutters $99 & down; 40 butcher bulls $102-154; bred cows & C/C pairs: 11 cows & cow/calf pair BH $925-2200; feeder cattle 741; stocker steer & bull calves $200-335; stocker steer yearlings $150-232.50; holstein stocker steers $138-171.75;    stocker heifer calves $180-280; stocker heifer yearlings $115-221; calves 16; baby calves $365 & down; hogs  72; best barrows and gilts $88; heavier and lighter weights $74-85; sows $50-92; boars $25-76; feeder pigs by weight $84-131.

Ohio Hills Health Services Celebrates National Health Center Week of Aug. 10-16 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 4:22 PM

Ohio Hills Health Services will be celebrating National Health Center Week, August 10 – 16, 2014.  This weeklong campaign will raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Community Health Centers as local solutions for affordable and accessible health care.

Serving Belmont, Monroe, Guernsey and Harrison counties with excellence in comprehensive health care since 1976,  Ohio Hills Health Services  include:  Barnesville Family Health Center located at 101 East Main Street, Barnesville, OH  43713; Freeport Family Health Center/Freeport Family Health Center Dental Program located at 110 West Main Street, Freeport, OH  43973; Quaker City Family Health Center located at 119 West Main Street, Quaker City, OH  43773 and Monroe Family Health Center located at 37984 Airport Road, Woodsfield, OH  43793.

Community Health Centers have been in existence for nearly 50 years and have compiled a significant record of success by:

Reducing income and ethnic health disparities nationwide, even in the poorest

and most challenged communities.

Barnesville Livestock 8/9/14 Results PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 4:17 PM

August 09

Total Head 237 Cattle 140 hd.; fats 0 hd.;  cows 22 hd; good $100-120; medium $80-99.75; thin $79.75 & down; baby calves 9 hd BH $10; WT $205-315; cow/calf pairs (2) BH $1010-1425; bred cows (2) BH $1000-1210; bulls (9) hd WT $71-130.25.

Feeders steers/bulls 48 hd.; med. 1 & 2  200-299 (8) $200-320; 300-399 (11) $150-305; 400-499 (7) $180-255; 500-599 (10) $180-249; 600-699 (5) $180-222.50; 700-799 (3) $170-220; 800-up (0) $n/a.; Holsteins (4) $85-120

Feeders med 1 & 2 heifers 48 hd; 200-299 (6) $190-250; 300-399 (11) $120-235;  400-499 (12) $125-229; 500-599 (8) $80-232.50; 600-699 (8) $160-186; 700-799 (0) $n/a; 800-up (3) $150-160.

Lambs 58 hd  20-50 (1) $137.50; 51-70 (0) $n/a; 71-90 (23) $139-157.50; 91-110 (2) $152.50-162.50; 111 & up (2) $90-147.50.

Board of Elections To Be At Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 4:16 PM

The Monroe County Board of Elections will be relocating the office to the Monroe County Fairgrounds the week of August 18 through August 22 from 3:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Come out and visit us at the fair and view our online software available to the public! Sign-up to be a Precinct Election Official while you are at our booth.

Senior Nutrition Menu 8/18/14-8/22/14 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 4:16 PM

The senior menu for the week of Aug 18 - Aug 22

Mon. - Cubed steak with mushroom gravy, whipped potatoes, broccoli/cauliflower, apricots, dinner roll.

Tue. - Grilled chicken, salad green mix with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and mushrooms, fresh fruit mix, crackers.

Wed. - BBQ pork, baked steak fries, green beans, orange, bun.

Annual Farm Bureau Meeting Highlighted by Recognition of 72-Year Member Ed Ackerman PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 4:00 PM

Ed Ackerman was recognized during the annual Monroe County Farm Bureau Dinner for being a member of the Farm Bureau for 72 years. Ackerman became a member by purchasing Farm Bureau car insurance on a vehicle in 1942 for $6 a month. Pictured, from left to right, are: MC Farm Bureau Organization Director Betsy Anderson, Ed Ackerman and MC Farm Bureau President Linda Schafer. Of the awards and recognitions announced at the 2014 Monroe County Farm Bureau Dinner August 4 at the Laings Community Center, the recognition of Ed Ackerman as a 72-year member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau was without equal, as evidenced by the standing ovation he received by those present.

Ackerman explained to members and guests that his association with the Monroe County Farm Bureau began shortly after he was married in 1942 when he and his new wife made their home in Lewisville. That same year, he purchased a car. The grocery clerk at Billman’s Grocery in Lewisville by the name of Clayton English was a Farm Bureau insurance agent. Ackerman admits to not knowing much about insurance at the time, but he took out a policy on his car and believes it was $6 per month at the time. Farm Bureau insurance eventually became Nationwide Insurance.

Chairing the annual meeting were Linda Schafer, county president and Betsy Anderson, organization director. Business conducted during the annual meeting included the election of Dale Riggenbach, Dianna Riggenbach, and Larry Tomaszczk as trustees for 2015. Also chosen were delegates Eric and Kayla Moore for the 2015 Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting occurring in December in Columbus. Members were also given the opportunity to endorse Farm Bureau policies affecting the county, state and nation.