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Sheriff Warns of Scam PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, August 28, 2014 7:43 AM

Monroe County Sheriff Charles Black, Jr. recently warned that there is a new scam in Ohio that his hit other area counties. Sheriff Black said the scammers call a person and portray themselves as law enforcement. They then tell the person he or she has an outstanding warrant and may be arrested. However, if they pay a fine, by credit card over the phone, they will not be arrested.

Sheriff Black said the legal system does not operate in that manner, and people should never try to pay a fine over the phone. He  said anyone receiving such phone calls should call the sheriff’s department at 472-1612 to verify the information.

Raccoon Rabies Vaccination Baiting Slated Until Sept. 19 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, August 28, 2014 7:41 AM

The Ohio Departments of Health (ODH) and Natural Resources (ODNR), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and local health departments (LHDs) will begin fall oral rabies vaccination (ORV) operations this month in 14 northeast and eastern Ohio counties. Weather permitting, baiting will begin Wednesday, August 20 and will cover 4,158 square miles of the state’s northeastern and eastern border. Bait distribution should be complete by September 19.

Rabies is a viral disease that affects mammals, including people. It is almost always fatal. Rabies vaccine baiting operations are intended to immunize raccoons that are at greatest risk of being exposed to raccoon rabies coming into the state. This will then create an ‘immune barrier’ along the Ohio state line that can prevent the spread of raccoon-rabies variant (RRV) into the rest of the state.

As in past years, bait distribution with the oral rabies vaccine Raboral V-RG® will take place in all of Ashtabula, Columbiana, Jefferson, Mahoning and Trumbull counties and parts of Belmont, Carroll, Harrison and Monroe counties. In addition, for the third year in a row, a new oral rabies vaccine called ONRAB® will be field tested in parts of Lake, Portage, Geauga, Summit and Cuyahoga counties as part of a national trial involving five states.

Baits will be distributed by various methods in each county, including fixed-wing aircraft, helicopter and vehicles staffed by USDA and Local Health Departments.  Residents in the areas to be baited should be aware of low-flying aircraft and should keep children and pets away from the baits. Dogs in particular are attracted to the baits and will occasionally eat them. The baits are not harmful to pets. Please keep the following information in mind:

County Resident One of New Faculty Members at West Liberty University PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, August 28, 2014 7:36 AM

Pictured is West Liberty University’s new faculty members. Front row from left to right are James Rohal, Tifani Fletcher, Brandon Bolduc; Middle row, Nicole Davis, Ronny Warrington, LeeAnn Thill, Bill Childers; Back row, from left to right are: Chad Kuhns, Ryan Koenig, Scott Glysson. Not pictured: Jennifer Childers and Theresa Kowcheck. West Liberty University welcomed 10 new professionals to its faculty for fall 2014 – 2015. An additional two were added this past January 2014, bringing the total number of full-time faculty to 142 full-time instructors. Opening convocation and the first general faculty meeting for the 2014 - 2015 academic year is scheduled for noon, Wednesday, Aug. 27 in College Hall. Among the new faculty members is Monroe County resident Ronny Warrington.

Ronny Warrington is the Assistant Professor of Speech Pathology and Audiology. A resident of Sardis, Ohio, Warrington is an audiologist at Marietta Hospital, Marietta, Ohio. Prior to that he was an audiologist at Senior Healthcare Associates, Hermitage, Pa. Before that he was an audiology intern at Tri-State Audiology, Glen Dale, W.Va. and was an aural rehabilitation coordinator at Ohio University Hearing, Speech and Language Clinic, Athens, Ohio. Warrington earned a Bachelor of Science in speech pathology and audiology degree at WLU and a doctoral degree in audiology at Ohio University, Athens.

Westfall Continues to Have Success at Boer Goat Shows PDF Print E-mail
Written by Darin Brown, General Manager   
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 3:59 PM

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 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 3:56 PM

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 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 3:46 PM

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 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 3:45 PM

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 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 3:40 PM


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.

Last Updated on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 3:41 PM
County Considering Ramifications of Creating One Secured Entrance at Courthouse PDF Print E-mail
Written by Darin Brown, General Manager   
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 3:36 PM

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 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Darin Brown, General Manager   
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 3:25 PM

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.