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Barnesville Livestock 4/5/14 Results PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, April 09, 2014 2:31 PM

Apr. 5 Total Head 526

Cattle 178 hd.; cows 30 hd; good $90-128; medium $75-89.75; thin $74.75 & down; baby calves 12 hd BH $85-180; WT $95-220; cow/calf pairs (5) BH $950-1550; bred cows (4) BH $835-1400; bulls (2) hd WT $108.50-125;

Feeders steers/bulls 74 hd.; med. 1 & 2 200-299 (1) $190      300-399 (13) $164-192.50; 400-499 (20) $135-190; 500-599 (24) $143-186; 600-699 (6) $126-180; 700-799 (7) $152-154; 800 & up (2) $115-150; holstein (1) $100.

Feeders med 1 & 2 heifers 46 hd;  200-299 (2) $175-180;  300-399 (11) $140-175; 400-499 (10) $130-150; 500-599 (12) $110-151; 600-699 (5) $107-160; 700-799 (3) $130-148; 800-899 (2) $136.

GMN Announces Judy Spires as New Program Director PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, April 09, 2014 2:22 PM

Judy Spires Gary W. Ricer, Executive Director of GMN Tri-County CAC, Inc. is pleased to introduce a new Program Director to the community as Senior Management on the GMN Director Team.

Judy Spires was announced as GMN Tri-County CAC, Inc’s new HEAP/CSBG Director in March 2014. Judy started her career with GMN in 1995 as HEAP Outreach.

In the past 18 years, she has been involved with HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program), WCP (Winter Crisis Program), SCP (Summer Cooling Program) and all emergency services in that department.

United Country-Realty Done Right Team Honored at National Convention PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, April 09, 2014 2:20 PM


Melissa and Kiven Smithberger United Country – Realty Done Right, LLC, serving Woodsfield, Ohio, and owned by Smithberger and Hise Partnership, was honored recently for sales excellence. The team finished at the top of United Country Offices nationwide and was presented with the Diamond award at United Country Real Estate’s 2014 Training and Awards Convention held March 2 through 8 on the ship Carnival Freedom.

“It’s great to see an office that serves a community of nearly 2,500 people, and a county of almost 15,000 achieve such a high ranking while competing with offices from much larger towns with larger staffs of sales agents,” said Dan Duffy, chief executive officer of United Country Real Estate. “Their team has combined expertise and experience with our marketing program, putting top-notch customer service, national advertising and advanced technology to work for them.”

Melissa Smithberger, Broker and Office Manager attributes her team’s 2013 success to the diligent attention she pays to each individual client’s marketing needs.

Last Updated on Wednesday, April 09, 2014 2:22 PM
Commissioners Vote to Partially Fund Barn Project PDF Print E-mail
Written by Darin Brown, General Manager   
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 2:19 PM

The Monroe County Commissioners met with members of the Monroe County Fair Livestock Sale Committee during their regular session meeting on April 7 and passed a motion to give money to the group’s barn project. Representing the committee were Dave Matz, Maurice Ritchie and Kara Dixon.

Matz started by saying, “It’s not a myth; we’re building a new barn.” The new barn referred to by Matz is a Beef Barn to be placed where the current Open Class Barn is located. The total cost of the project is estimated at $250,000. According to Matz, the group has already raised $85,000.

Reasoning given for building the new barn is to create a healthier environment for calves. The new barn is an open air design and will allow for much more ventilation than the Show Barn. The new barn is also designed to alleviate space issues in the Show Barn and allow for improvements there.

After commissioners discussed the barn project later in the meeting, Commissioner Pyles made a motion to give the Monroe County Livestock Sale Committee $25,000 towards its new barn building project. Pyles said, the funding is given “in hopes that other oil and gas entities in the county will see this as a good gesture for the county and will match it to help the kids accomplish what they want.” Pyles also said the project is a good Capital Improvement for the fair ground. Pyles and Commissioner Tim Price voted “yes” on the motion while Commissioner Carl Davis abstained due to his involvement with the sale committee.

In another discussion about fairground structures, commissioners met with John Ackerman of the Monroe County Fair Board to discuss the grand stand. Ackerman told commissioners the decision was made to tear the old structure down and build a new one. [Editor’s note: See the front page article for more details.]

Woodsfield Eagles Post #2302 Contributes to Monroe Senior Center PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, April 09, 2014 2:08 PM

The Monroe County Senior Center in Woodsfield was recently given a generous contribution from the Woodsfield Eagles #2302. The Eagles have donated through their charitable giving fund to the Senior Center for the past two years. Their heartfelt donation helps to keep the Senior Center funded in the meal program area, especially to help continue to deliver meals to homebound seniors in the county.

GMN Tri-County CAC, Inc. administers Senior Services in Monroe County. GMN Tri-County CAC, Inc. recognize Woodsfield Eagles Post #2302 for its monetary blessings to all the citizens of Monroe County, especially the most vulnerable residents, the senior citizens.

If you need further information on the services offed, please call the Senior Center at 472-1312, or visit at 118 Home Avenue, Woodsfield.

Pat's Gift Shoppe Club Winners PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, April 09, 2014 2:05 PM

Winners in the last budget gift club at Pat’s Gift Shoppe in Woodsfield included:

Missy Knowlton, Whitney Moore, Teresa Ady, Rhonda Jackson, Jenny Thompson, Jo Eddy, Kerri Farmer, Sue Carpenter, Lisa Habig, Stephanie Gauding, Teresa Ady, Judy Gramlich, Rose Saffle, Sharon Crook, Zac and Tanner Potts, Linda English, Betty Mercer, Mandy Yontz, Suzanne Weber, Crystal Willis, Braden Longwell, Shirley Brown, Jan Hunt, Betty King and Carla Austin.

Be sure to sign up for the new club.

Muskingum Livestock 4/2/14 Results PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, April 09, 2014 1:49 PM

Apr. 2  Total Head 1184

Fed cattle 145; choice steers $153-159.25; good steers $152 & down; holstein steers $121-139; choice heifers $151-160; good heifers $150 & down; 255 commercial cows $105-146; canners and cutters $104 & down; 64 butcher bulls $90-135; bred cows & C/C pairs: 25 cows & cow/calf pair BH $900-1900; feeder cattle 566; stocker steer & bull calves $120-270; stocker steer yearlings $144-192;  holstein stocker steers $91-116; stocker heifer calves $110-206; stocker heifer yearlings $100-172; calves 15; baby calves $270 dn; hogs  (52) best barrows and gilts $95.50; heavier and lighter weights $90-94; sows $85-98; boars $29.50-53; feeder pigs by wt $85-91.

Senior Nutrition Menu 4/14/14-4/18/14 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, April 09, 2014 1:46 PM

The senior menu for the week of Apr. 14 - Apr. 18

Mon. - Glazed ham, baked sweet potato, green beans, Mandarin oranges, banana muffin.

Tue. - Beef stew, spinach/egg/onion/cheese salad, fresh fruit cup, biscuit.

Wed. - Baked chicken w/country gravy, mashed potatoes, autumn blend, applesauce/jello.

Monroe Arts Council Opens New Home PDF Print E-mail
Written by Darin Brown, General Manager   
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 1:37 PM

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held to commemorate the opening of the Monroe Arts Council’s new home. Offering a prayer for the occasion was Rev. Frank Lehosky. Pictured, from left to right, are: Dick Moose; Debbie Chambers, Monroe Arts Council member; Ben Blackstone, Monroe Arts Council member; Rev. Frank Lehosky; Marlene Moose, President of Monroe Arts Council; Mick Schumacher, Vice President of Monroe Arts Council; Lida Conn, Monroe County Chamber of Commerce board member; Helen Carpenter, Monroe County Chamber of Commerce president. “We’ve never had a home. Our assets have been scattered around in different places,” said Monroe Arts Council President Marlene Moose. Now that problem has been remedied as the group held its first event at its new home at 118 S. Paul St. in Woodsfield on Sat., April 5.

After spending the previous year in an agreement to use the activities center at Beginning Pointe Church, the Monroe Arts Council was finally able to find a permanent home. Their new home is a two-story structure that was, at one time, a church. Most recently, the Knights of Pythias owned the building. When their group dissolved locally, they generously donated the building to Monroe Arts.

“When this fell into our lap, we couldn’t turn it down,” said Moose. “Now we can bring people together for classes and shows,” she added.

Appropriately, the annual Monroe Artists April Art Show coincided with the ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening of the building. As art lovers perused the work of local artists, members of the Arts Council greeted them with excitement, eager to welcome them into a new chapter of the local organization.

According to members of the Monroe Arts Council, this growth could not come at a better time. Vice President Mick Schumacher said, “The group organized [in 1995] because art was being cut in the schools. Today, we are once again facing cuts in school art programs. Things have just come full circle.” 

Grandstand at County Fairgrounds to be Demolished in June PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, April 09, 2014 1:33 PM

Pictured is the style of bleachers planned by the fair board to replace the grandstand. It was revealed during the April 7 meeting of the Monroe County Commissioners that the Monroe County Fair Board is moving forward with plans to demolish the old grandstand and replace it with a roofed, metal bleacher structure. The decision was made via a 14-0 vote during the March 27 meeting of the Monroe County Fair Board.

“It was a difficult situation and a difficult decision, but the grandstand is going to come down [approximately] in June of this year,” said fair board member John Ackerman to the commissioners.

The primary reasons given by the fair board for taking the route to build new was safety and cost.

The building was deemed unsafe to use during each of the last two fairs after the derecho windstorm on June 29, 2012 damaged it significantly. Initial examinations by the insurance company cited that the only damage was to the roof of the structure and some of the seating, and the settlement was paid out accordingly. Multiple engineers’ reports since that time have indicated significant structural and foundational damage in the structure. According to reports, wooden support beams are cracked, concrete supports are cracked, and metal bracing has shown significant decay.

Fair board President Tracey Truax said of the decision to demolish the structure, “There’s a lot of history and nostalgia with that building. It wasn’t an easy choice, but you can’t let nostalgia stand in the way of safety.”

Truax said there was concern that, even if an extensive and expensive remodeling was completed, the structure would still be a safety hazard. According to Truax, an engineer from Columbus and an architect from Bellaire each separately told the board that being responsible for renovating the structure would mean too much liability and that they would “start over.”

While safety was the primary concern, cost certainly played a role in the decision according to fair board members. The fair board’s Facebook page states it would cost nearly $750,000 to renovate the old structure, while it would only cost $328,000 to build a new one. When asked about costs, Truax said electrical work would likely take the price up to $370,000 on the new structure, and the cost of demolishing the old structure has not been finalized yet.