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Westfall Continues to Have Success at Boer Goat Shows

Caleb Westfall, operating Zita Acres just outside of Woodsfield, participates in American Boer Goat Association shows all over the region. He is pictured at the Ohio State Fair with BSA Well-Armed, the Overall Full Blooded Grand Champion Buck. Attending the Monroe County Fair will make those who participated in 4-H reminisce about the days they showed animals and competed in the junior fair contests. For most, the last year of 4-H is when all of those things ended. But, for some, the passion for showing and breeding prime livestock continues. One person who has continued his path beyond 4-H is Monroe County resident Caleb Westfall, who participates in the American Boer Goat Association (ABGA) shows.

Westfall built a name for himself in Monroe County with several awards (too many to mention) he garnered at the fair during his years in 4-H. While he did show other animals, his primary animals were goats. Westfall has transitioned that knowledge he built about the animals into a successful run at ABGA shows, where he competes for his family farm Zita Acres.

“These ABGA shows have really kept me into it. It’s still the same excitement as showing at the fair,” Westfall said.

Caleb’s best moment this year came at the Ohio State Fair, where he won Overall Grand Champion Full Blooded Buck and the Reserve Premiere Exhibitor.  He won the yearling class with his young buck BSA Well-Armed, then the division, then overall.

BSA Well-Armed has been a strong contender ever since Caleb started showing him. “In less than one year of showing, I’ve shown him 16 times and he’s been overall grand or reserve champion 12 times,” he said.

Despite the continued success of BSA Well-Armed, Caleb was most proud of the Reserve Premiere Exhibitor award because it is indicative of the quality of the whole herd, not just one animal. He said he had only five animals he showed at the state fair that qualified for judging, but their quality was as such that he won the award.  


Donates Miche Bags to Cancer Gas Cards

Amanda Sefert, an independent rep for Miche, recently found out that the company, which specializes in handbags with exchangeable shells, has a donation program for cancer-related entities. She instantly thought of Cancer Gas Cards, Inc. and contacted Miche. They responded by donating 96 bags valued at $90 each. The bags follow the theme, “Give Hope, Get Hope.” Shirley Brown of Cancer Gas Cards said the organization will give the bags to cancer patients and fill them with goodies such as devotional, snacks, etc. Brown is pictured (left) accepting the donation from Sefert (right).


Muskingum LIvestock 8/20/14 Results

August 20  Total Head 1539

Fed cattle 177; choice steers $155-168; good steers $154 & down; holstein steers $114-144.50; choice heifers $152-162.50; good heifers $156 & down;  212 commercial cows  $100-150; canners and cutters $99 & down; 54 butcher bulls $100-153; bred cows & C/C pairs: 7 cows & cow/calf pair BH $875-1825; feeder cattle 834424; stocker steer & bull calves $170-325; stocker steer yearlings $106-232; holstein stocker steers $75-157;    stocker heifer calves $180-280; stocker heifer yearlings $127-210; calves 12; baby calves $250 & down; hogs  75; best barrows and gilts $75; heavier and lighter weights $70-74; sows $60-87.50; boars $24.50-63; feeder pigs by weight $70-101.


Barnesville Livestock 8/23/14 Results

August 23  Total Head 629

Cattle 369 hd.; fats 6 hd. steers (6) $144-160;  cows 41 hd; good $100-125.50; medium $80-99.75; thin $79.75 & down; baby calves 11 hd BH 60-80; WT $40-350; cow/calf pairs (2) BH 1310-1710; bred cows (12) BH $885-1710; bulls (12) hd WT $120-142.

Feeders steers/bulls 156 hd.; med. 1 & 2  200-299 (4) $230-330; 300-399 (24) $185-280; 400-499 (46) $165-285; 500-599 (33) $125-260; 600-699 (24) $150-255; 700-799 (7) $132.50-199; 800-up (10) $144-163; Holsteins (8) $101-135

Feeders med 1 & 2 heifers 124 hd; 200-299 (11) $155-255; 300-399 (28) $125-245;  400-499 (41) $132.50-245; 500-599 (17) $147.50-235; 600-699 (21) $110-220; 700-799 (3) $95-162.50; 800-up (3) $137.50-140.

Lambs 137 hd  20-50 (30) $100-175; 51-70 (31) $100-169; 71-90 (17) $121-165; 91-110 (18) $140-157; 111 & up (10) $130-158.


Senior Nutrition Menu 9/1/14-9/5/14


The senior menu for the week of Sept. 1 - Sept. 5

Mon. - Closed Labor Day.

Tue. - Monterey chicken, summer blend, creamy broccoli soup, grape juice, crackers.

Wed. - Johnny Marzetti, green beans, cole slaw, warm apple crunch, Italian bread.


County Considering Ramifications of Creating One Secured Entrance at Courthouse

The Monroe County Commissioners are setting out to make the courthouse more secure, and the first steps were taken to do so during their Aug. 25 regular session meeting. In recent weeks, several executive sessions have been held between commissioners, Sheriff Charles Black Jr.,  Prosecuting Attorney James Peters, Common Pleas Judge Julie Selmon, County Court Judge Jim Peters, and Juvenile and Probate Judge Clifford Sickler in regards to courthouse security. Now, commissioners have enrolled the help of David Haught of DLH Design to discuss the possibility of completing a feasibility study about creating a single secure entrance.

According to the conversation with Haught, commissioners are considering the possibilities of closing all courthouse entrances except for one to the public. That entrance would then be guarded during business hours, and courthouse visitors would be required to enter through a metal detector. Such a measure would put the Monroe County Courthouse security on par with Belmont and Jefferson counties. Currently Noble and Washington counties have a similar set-up as Monroe with no secured entrance.

Haught told commissioners he has guided such changes in other courthouses but that Monroe County has a unique set-up. “You have an interesting situation with the number of public entrances you have here,” Haught said.

Haught said the following things must be determined before initiating such a project: 1. The primary entrance must be designated, 2. The type of security station to install must be decided upon, 3. The public must be educated on what changes are being made and why, and 4. It must be determined who must enter through the secured entrance and whether or not a separate key-card entrance will be open to courthouse employees.

Commissioner John Pyles commented that he is hoping for “the most economical solution with the nicest appearance.” Commissioners and Haught toured the courthouse to determine the possibilities. 


County Residents Enjoy the 164th Annual Monroe County Fair

Pictured above: The Youth Pedal Pull was a very well attended event at the fair with several participants as well. Kyle Robbins is pictured during his attempt. He is the two year old son of John and Sheena Robbins. Kyle's dad participated in the event several times when he was a kid. Also pictured is Kenadie Loch. Kenadie had to be persuaded to participate but obviously had fun after she started.

County residents enjoyed the 164th annual Monroe County Fair last week. It was the first fair in several decades without the familiar grandstand standing sentinel over the festivities. Despite the absence of the landmark, the rest of the fair went on as normal with the junior fair livestock sale once again breaking records.

The junior livestock sale shattered even last year’s then-record sales by more than $100,000, garnering a total of $463,308.28 for 4-H participants. In comparison, last year’s sale brought in $342,563, and 2012’s sale (a sale closer to the recent average) brought in $273,128.12.

The highlight of the sale were the market hogs. The Grand Champion Hog, sold by 4-H participant Logan Biedenbach to Dorado Mineral &Royalty and Pegasus Worldwide LLC, went for an amazing $11,600 at $40 per pound. The Reserve Champion Hog, sold by 4-H participant Dylan Howell to Eclipse Resources, went for $9,870 at $35 a pound.

The market hogs were not the only livestock to go high. The small market animals, often overshadowed by the large animals, all smashed sales records as well. The Grand Champion Market Lamb sold for $2,420 ($20  per pound) to Eclipse Resources. The Grand Champion Market Fryers sold for $1,500 to Gateway Royalty LLC. The Grand Champion Market Ducks sold for $2,000 to Pegasus Worldwide LLC. The Grand Champion Turkey sold to Woodsfield Savings Bank for $1,500. The Grand Champion Market Goat sold for $1,600 to Braxton Energy. The Grand Champion Market Rabbits sold for $2,100 to Braxton Energy. [To see photos of all grand and reserve champions, turn to pages 13 and 14].

While the junior fair livestock sale may have been the most talked about event, several other events took place during the fair. Following are results from the week:

Supreme Showmanship:

Winning first place was Nerissa Smith, who was participating in the event after winning dairy showmanship. The second place winner was Evan Blackstone, who participated after winning sheep showmanship. 


Digital Works Approaches End of First Year in Woodsfield, Open House Scheduled


Pictured is new Digital Works Facilitator Erin Loch and Digital Works participant Mike Trusler.As the Digital Works training and jobs facility in the Black Walnut Center in Woodsfield approaches the end of its first full year in the county, facility managers are preparing for an open house to be celebrated on Aug. 26. They are trying to build awareness of who they are, what they do, and how people can apply.

Digital Works is a training facility that then places people into jobs as independent contractors. The program often gets its trainees through Department of Job and Family Services and gives opportunities to the unemployed or underemployed. People are trained on computer systems and the phone, and then are placed in jobs where they accept inbound calls from several companies. Once fully trained, people can work from the facility or from their own home if they like.

Thus far, the Digital Works facility in Woodsfield has placed 26 people into jobs. There are  also currently eight active class members preparing for employment. Those people are all on different levels, but one independent contractor has risen through the ranks to reach level two.

justify;"> Mike Trusler moved to the area from South Carolina with his wife last year. “The employment opportunities didn’t materialize as expected,” Trusler said. He approached the Monroe County Department of Job and Family Services and found out about the opportunities at Digital Works.

Once through the training, Trusler started as all of the facility’s independent contractors do, taking level one calls. That consists of taking inbound calls from a variety of companies each time you sit down to work. “From an independent contractor’s point of view, it seems random,” Trusler said.


Woodsfield Fire Extinguished Before Destroying Business


Fire may have destroyed a Woodsfield business on Sun., Aug. 17 if it hadn’t been for an observant Woodsfield Police Officer and a quick response from the Woodsfield Volunteer Fire Department. Damaged, but not destroyed, in the flames was Monroe Auto Parts located at 209 S. Main St.

At 12:20 a.m., Woodsfield PD Officer Clayton Galloway was on patrol in the town square. He smelled smoke and followed the scent until he saw a plume of smoke coming from the business. He immediately dispatched the Woodsfield VFD. With the help of two Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies, Galloway evacuated residents living above Ida’s Restaurant, the structure next door.

Woodsfield VFD Chief Mike Young arrived at 12:25 and made entry into the building. “I located a large fire in the loft area of the front of the building,” Young said.

As equipment arrived, volunteer firemen Abe Winter and Jamie Hill did an interior attack on the fire. Within 15 minutes, they had gotten the fire under control.


Ceremony Held in Graysville to Honor Har of 1812 Veteran Jesse Hall

A grave marking ceremony was held on Aug. 16 for Jesse Hall, a veteran of the War of 1812 buried in Graysville. Several of his descendants attended. Pictured, from left, are: Peggy Munson, Betty Anderson, Mary Kehl, Loretta Clymer, Tammy Parish and Stephanie Parish. “It started out I wanted to get a marker placed. Then my dad told me, ‘You have to go’,” said Peggy Munson of Fredricksburg, TX (near San Antonio) as she stood in the Old Graysville Cemetery in Graysville on Aug. 16. Munson had discovered that her fourth great grandfather and War of 1812 veteran Jesse Hall was buried in the cemetery and set out to have a commemorative marker set at his grave. With the help of some local people, led by Monroe County Veterans Services Director Gary Lake, the desire became a reality on Saturday.

Jesse Hall was born about 1782 in Virginia and married Mary “Polly” Walthers in 1806. He served in the Virginia Militia during the War of 1812. By 1818, records show he had migrated to Monroe County. He and his wife were the parents of seven children who populated the area. Mary died in 1838, and Jesse died in 1857. Jesse’s final resting place is in the Graysville cemetery beside his dad William Hall [Editor’s Note: William Hall was a Revolutionary War veteran incorrectly identified as a Reverend in the Aug. 7 Beacon].

Several people attended the grave marking ceremony, including Susan Leninger, Ohio President of the United States Daughters of 1812. Also attending were chapter president Annette Haddox, chapter chaplain Susanne Burchett and Nancy Riley of the Silver Heels Trail/Mary Bird Lake chapter of the United States Daughters of 1812, based in Marietta and McConnellsville/Malta. 



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