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Muskingum Livestock 7/16/14

July 16

Total Head 1000 Fed cattle 204; choice steers $153-168; good steers $152 & down; holstein steers $128.50-136.50; choice heifers $152-169; good heifers $151 & down;  205 commercial cows  $98-140; canners and cutters $97 & down; 38 butcher bulls $110-156; bred cows & C/C pairs: 4 cows & cow/calf pair BH $1410-1675; feeder cattle 306; stocker steer & bull calves $160-300; stocker steer yearlings $115-230; holstein stocker steers $85-164;    stocker heifer calves $120-252; stocker heifer yearlings $105-216; calves 9; baby calves $462 & down; hogs  48; best barrows and gilts $95; heavier and lighter weights $91-93; sows $60-84; boars $73; feeder pigs by weight $80-125.

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History of OSU Extension

While we celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act nationwide, the history of extension in Ohio begins a decade before 1914.

In 1905, A.B. Graham was named superintendent of agricultural extension at Ohio State, the first position of its kind in the U. S. Graham started boys’ and girls’ clubs in 1903 in Clark County that later became known as 4-H clubs. In the early 1920s, what became known as the “Agriculture Extension Service,” provided services in home economics and agriculture across the state with funds provided by the Capper-Ketcham Act.

During the Great Depression, the “Agriculture Extension Service” helped carry out New Deal programs and continued to work with farmers and 4-H members across the state to increase food production during World War II. In 1957, the first rural development agent, Howard Philips, was hired in Monroe County. 1962 saw the beginning of a pesticide education program and the first Farm Science Review that continues to exhibit the latest advancements in agricultural science and technology.

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Beallsville Remembers All Who Gave Poker Run Events Scheduled for Friday and Saturday

This weekend, Beallsville will be the scene of events designed to honor local veterans. The Beallsville Remembers All Who Gave Poker Run will be held Sat., July 26, while fundraising events will also take place on Fri., July 25. The proceeds from the event will help local veterans with medical bills and other financial hardships.

Events will begin on Friday with a square dance held at the Beallsville American Legion Post 768 from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. Providing the music for the kick off to the 11th annual poker run will be the Deep Down Country band. 

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MC Players Event Scheduled

The MC Players will present “Who Murdered Who?” by Millard Crosby (with special arrangement by Samuel French, Inc.) on July 25 and 26 at the Henry Coulson building, Monroe County Fairgrounds. The July 25 show will feature a spaghetti dinner, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. with performance following at 7:00 p.m. The July 26 show will be a matinee only beginning at 2 p.m.

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Senior Nutrition Menu 7/28/14-8/1/14

The senior menu for the week of July 28 - Aug 1

Mon. - Tahitian Pork, Au Gratin potatoes, carrot coins, m. oranges/jello, dinner roll.

Tue. - Sloppy joe, lima beans, tomato juice, peaches, cookie, bread.

Wed. - Chicken cobb salad with egg, lettuce tom, onion, peas and bleu cheese, melon cup, brownie.

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Swazey Road is Example of Oil and Gas Boom's Impact on Local Roads

After falling into disrepair, Swazey Rd. is being paved by five separate oil and gas companies in accordance with road usage maintenance agreements. Swazey Road in Franklin Township and Seneca Township is a prime example of the impact of oil and gas traffic on the county’s roads. The road, which is one of the most traveled by the industry in the county, had fallen in disrepair recently leading to complaints by residents to the County Engineer’s Office and the County Commissioners.  After cooperation between several oil and gas companies and the county, the problem is being alleviated.  The road is currently being paved after surface preparation was done last week.

Swazey Rd. could be considered one of the centers of the oil and gas industry in the county. Five separate companies (Blue Racer Midstream, Mark West Energy, Antero Resources, Hall Drilling, and Eclipse Resources) signed road usage maintenance agreements on the road. On top of that, Christman Quarry, which has received a boom due to the oil and gas activity in the county, is located on the road. 

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Woodsfield PD Veteran of 23 Years Retires From Law Enforcement

Mike Young is pictured in front of his cruiser.It all started with the dreams of a teenage boy, and it culminated in a law enforcement career of 27 years. Recently retiring from law enforcement was Mike Young of the Woodsfield Police Department, a man who knew he would become a “cop” at the age of 13.

“When I was 13 or 14, I saw the city police pull up to a house. They [former police chief Manifred Keylor and officer Jerry Rose] were beating on a door. Manifred told Jerry to kick in the door. When I saw him kick that door, go in, and bring those two guys out in handcuffs, I knew then I wanted to be a cop,” described Young about what got him into law enforcement.

It didn’t take long before Young’s dream was fulfilled. “In June of 1987 I was 18. I left high school and was commissioned as a deputy about a week later,” said Young. Initially Young worked as a litter control officer for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department. Then, at the young age of 19, he became the chief of the Beallsville Police Department. A few years into his career, Young was hired at the Woodsfield Police Department where he would continue to serve for 23 years.

Throughout those 23 years, Young got to know Woodsfield perhaps better than anyone around. He also saw plenty of tragedy and performed his fair share of heroics.

Young’s favorite part of the job was helping people. “I was involved in situations through the years where I helped save people. The Heimlich maneuver, CPR, I’ve done all that stuff,” Young said. 

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Economic Growth in County Celebrated at Rail Eight Opening

 

Pictured, from left to right, are: Ohio Representative Jack Cera and Ohio Senator Lou Gentile as they "cut" the ribbon for track eight aboard Locomotive 1501. It is not often that a ribbon cutting is completed with the nose of a locomotive instead of a pair of scissors.  But that was the sight at Hannibal Industrial Park on Wed., July 16 as the facility celebrated the installation of track eight.

A well-attended ceremony marked the occasion with more than 185 people attending, including Ohio Senator Lou Gentile; Ohio Representative Jack Cera; a representative from the office of U.S. Senator Rob Portman; Monroe County commissioners Carl Davis, Tim Price and John Pyles; Monroe County Economic Developer Jason Hamman; Hannibal Real Estate President Jeffrey Himmel; and several other government officials and private sector business leaders.  The ceremony began with the blare of a train whistle as Locomotive 1501, transporting Senator Gentile and Representative Cera, burst into the building and “cut” through a patriotic ribbon, officially opening track eight.

A theme of the event was economic growth as the facility was celebrated for its efforts in that arena. It was noted during the ceremony that Hannibal Real Estate purchased the facility in a dark time of Monroe County’s history after the Ormet rolling mill had shut down. Throughout its seven years of operation, and especially recently, the facility has grown to house businesses that employ a total of more than 300 people.

Beginning the ceremony was Hannibal Industrial Park Managing Director David Reid. Reid said, “We’re actually returning track eight to its rightful place in this cathedral-like building.” Referencing how the Chinese consider the number eight lucky because of its symmetry, Reid added, “Track eight, for us, will be a lucky track. We think it will be lucky for the Monroe County Energy Campus [a term recently used to describe the Hannibal Industrial Park].”

Monroe County Chamber of Commerce President Helen Carpenter spoke next. Carpenter referenced a sign posted at the entrance of the facility that said “Making a Difference in Monroe County.” She noted that small daily differences eventually combine to produce a big difference. She commended the company for all its work to bring rail back into the county and said, “Who would’ve thought this could have been achieved in Monroe County?”

Speaking on behalf of the Board of Monroe County Commissioners was Board President Carl Davis. Davis said there were so many questions when Artco Steel purchased the old Ormet rolling mill and created the Hannibal Industrial Park and Hannibal Real Estate. Some of the questions asked were, “Who are these people?” and “What are their plans?” Davis said it was quickly evident that they were focused on creating jobs.

Davis observed, despite the efforts by Hannibal Real Estate, it was evident something was missing. He commended them for taking a “leap of faith” to re-open the rail line after it had been abandoned for 15 or more years. “They were right. The railway was the key component to bringing more tenants to the Hannibal Industrial Park,” said Davis.

Hannibal Real Estate President Jeffrey Himmel spoke emphatically about his company’s vision for the facility and the county. “The vision was to use this remarkable location to create a regional transportation hub, to take advantage of the indoor and outdoor storage space, combined with rail, barge and truck transportation,” Himmel said. He asserted that the facility has become “a manufacturing center for the shale industry” that now houses a drilling company, a frac sand company, and a company that completes specialized painting on equipment used in the oil and gas industry.

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Hupp/Beck Energy Appeal Hearings Set

The merit hearing for Monroe County appeal number 13 Mo 2 Clyde A. Hupp Et. Al. versus Beck Energy Corp. and XTO Energy Inc. will be held on July 23 at 11:15 a.m. in the Court of Appeals of Ohio, Seventh Appellate District at 131 West Federal St., Youngstown, OH.

Held the same day in the same location at 11:45 a.m. will be merit hearings for appeal numbers 12 Mo 6, 13 Mo 3 and 13 Mo 11 Clyde A. Hupp Et. Al versus Beck Energy Corp.

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Another Natural Gas Pipeline Project Proposed

A new natural gas pipeline project in Monroe County has been proposed by TransCanada. The proposed pipeline would tap into the existing ANR Pipeline System and travel north then northwest from a receipt point at Clarington.

According to a release from the company, the project would include construction of a new, approximately 500-mile natural gas pipeline that would begin in Clarington and end near Bridgman, Michigan. The anticipated capacity of the pipeline would be 1.2 to 2 billion cubic feet per day. 

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