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Schools Project Taking Shape


BHS/BES From the Side.  Photos courtesy of Marc Ring, SOLSD Director of Support Services John Jefferis, construction manager for the new schools project, and Byron Man-chester, architect, presented updates on the Beallsville High and Elementary and the Woodsfield Elementary/ Monroe Central schools projects at the May 5 meeting of the Switzerland of Ohio Local School Board.

At the Beallsville site, the joists for the large gym are being set and roofing is ongoing, noted Jefferis. The masonry work on the front wall and media center is being done and trades are working inside on the HVAC ducts, plumbing and the “guts of the building.”


New Beacon Site

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Students See a Need and Respond

Kendall Lydick saw the tragic story of the devastation that the disasters caused in Japan. She was moved by what she saw. She wanted to help. When she discussed that desire with her friends, Mattie Vinskovich, Kylie Rohal and Brianna Gallagher, they began to brainstorm for ideas of what they could do to help. They decided to ask an adult for help and enlisted the help of Lisa Gallagher, Case Manager for GMN Tri-County CAC.


On To DI Global Competition

  Beallsville’s Destination Imagination Team is going to the Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn. They crushed their competitors at Ohio’s state competition in the Project Outreach event. They are excited to reach Global Finals for the first time.


Emblem Presented to Woodsfield Volunteer Fire Department

 A piece of Woodsfield Volunteer Fire Department history was presented to members of the fire department April 14. Decades ago the late Bill Ricer gave his son Gary a Woodsfield Fire Department emblem The emblem had been presented to Bill upon his resignation from the fire department in 1985. He had gone to work at the Ohio Highway Department and felt his work schedule would not allow him to put in the time he felt necessary for membership in the fire department. Bill Ricer had been a volunteer fireman for 20 years and served as its chief for a number of years. In his letter of resignation, Bill wrote that he would still be available to help with cooking the food for the fire department’s fundraisers. Bill Ricer knew the meaning of community service. In addition to being a volunteer fireman, he was a former councilman and former mayor of Woodsfield.


Road Clean-Up Volunteers: Beware of Meth Lab Waste


Monroe County Sheriff Charles R. Black, Jr. has issued the following warning to volunteer clean-up crews ...  

“With the weather improving and groups of volunteers heading out to clean our roadways, the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office want to make sure these groups are aware of a new and dangerous hazard.

Volunteers who clean up roadside litter should watch for potentially toxic debris discarded from illicit methamphetamine labs.


Diana's Primitives Welcomed

Chamber members welcoming Diana Hughes, left, of Diana's Primitives to the business community were, from left, chamber secretary Ruth Workman and Melissa Smithberger; also two customers, Judy Blackstone and Annette Mercer.

“It’s been a life-long dream,” said Diana Hughes, who has opened a new shop, Diana’s Primitives, Crafts, Gifts and Keepsakes. “Danny said ‘go for it,’” said Hughes, quoting her husband. After medical issues no longer allowed Diana to work outside her home, she still wanted something to occupy her time and had always dreamed of having a shop of her own. Her dream became a reality when, with the support of her family, she rearranged the family’s home at 505 E. Church St. in Woodsfield to accommodate her shop. It’s a friendly, homey atmosphere that fits perfectly with the inventory.




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