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RHS' Collins and MCHS' Thompson Participate in Queen of Queens PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 3:05 PM

Pictured above is Makenna Collins (left) and Morgan Thompson (right).

The Queen of Queens competition has long been part of the annual OVAC All Star Charity Football Game. This year, two Monroe County girls participated in the competition and were presented during the OVAC game on July 27.

Participating in the competition were Makenna Collins of River High School and Morgan Thompson of Monroe Central High School. Collins sang “Part of Your World” from the Little Mermaid during the talent competition held Fri., July 25. Thompson sang and played the guitar, performing the song “House of the Rising Sun.” 

MC Board of Developmental Disabilities Meal Program PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 2:58 PM

Monroe County Board of Developmental Disabilities today announced its 2014-2015 program year policy for free and reduced-price meals for students unable to pay the full price of meals or milk served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast, After School Care Snack or Special Milk Program.  Each school office and the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.

The Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines will be used for determining eligibility.  Children from families whose annual income is at or below the Federal Guidelines are eligible for free and reduced price meals or free milk if the school participates in the Special Milk Program.

Application forms are being distributed to all homes in a letter to parents or guardians.  To apply for free and reduced-price benefits, households should fill out the application and return it to the school.  Additional copies are available at the principal’s office in each school.  A complete application is required.  Households which currently receive Special Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits (SNAP, formally known as food stamps) or Ohio Works First (OWF) funds for a child must provide the child’s name, the SNAP or OWF case number and signature of an adult household member on the application.  Households which do not receive SNAP or OWF funds must provide the names of all household members, the last four digits of the Social Security Number of the adult signing the application or state “none” if the adult does not have a Social Security Number, the amount and source of income received by each household member, (state the monthly income) and the signature of an adult household member.  If any of this information is missing, the school cannot process the application.

FREE HEALTH CARE: Families with children eligible for school meals may be eligible for FREE health care coverage through Medicaid and/or Ohio’s Healthy Start & Healthy Families programs. These programs include coverage for doctor visits, immunizations, physicals, prescriptions, dental, vision, mental health, substance abuse and more. Please call 1-800-324-8680 for more information or to request an application. Information can also be found on the web at  "" Anyone who has an Ohio Medicaid card is already receiving these services.

Cross County Classics 4-H News PDF Print E-mail
Written by Delaney Weisend, Club Reporter   
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 2:55 PM

The Cross County Classics 4-H club recently held a successful 4-H bake sale. Several people helped, giving time, effort and kindness to the club. The 4-H members also helped out by taking time to go around Woodsfield and sell baked goods. We are very glad we had the opportunity to have a bake sale. We appreciate all those who helped make the bake sale so successful.

Hilltop Swiss Lads and Lassies 4-H News PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexis White, 4-H Club Reporter   
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 2:53 PM

The Hilltop Swiss Lads and Lassies have participated in several community service activities lately. Our group planted flowers recently at the fairgrounds and painted some barrels to be used as trash cans. We also knotted blankets for the My Very Own Blanket program that will give them to foster kids. The club also visited the Parry museum. We even toured the one room school and the dairy too. Several of our members will be competing at the Ohio State Fair in a variety of projects. Good luck to them and everyone else representing our county.

Forty-Eight Years of Skyvue History Come to an End as Old School Demolished PDF Print E-mail
Written by Darin Brown, General Manager   
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 2:09 PM

Pictured (right) is what was previously the cafeteria area while (left) the classroom area is being torn out. The demolition is being completed by Raze International, Inc. of Shadyside. For 48 years, the brick school building on Hartshorn Ridge named Skyvue served the surrounding community, educating its youth. For 48 years, its halls reverberated with the laughter of school children, the applause and yells of sports fans, and the discourse of public meetings. For 48 years, it was the heart of a rural community otherwise tied together only by long, curvy roads. That 48 years of existence came to an end this week as the old Skyvue school made way for its younger, sleeker counterpart.

Skyvue began its life as a high school on January 3, 1966 when the school was part of the Monroe Local School District. On that date, students came back to school from Christmas break to a brand new building. The previous Skyvue High School (a building destined to outlive its successor) had been located in Stafford, and the student population had outgrown its tight confines.

An article from the January 6, 1966 edition of the Monroe County Beacon described the new school: “The school is identified by Mosaic murals placed in the entrance. The murals, in black and gold, have the school's name and a golden hawk, the school's insignia. The school has fifteen classrooms designed to provide the best possible educational facilities to the student body, also, a new home economics department plus two business education rooms. A large shop area is provided for vocational agriculture and Industrial Arts...The new cafeteria serves approximately 250 students and is adjoined by a combination study hall-library and cafeteria kitchen. Other featured rooms and facilities are: a clinic, teachers lounges, a concession area, public address system, automatic timer system, a 60 foot stage for auditorium purposes... The gym features a full size basketball court with glass bankboards.”

A dedication and open house for the school was set for Sunday, April 17, 1966. In attendance for the occasion were Congressman of the Eighteenth District Wayne L. Hays and Attorney Robert Manchester who sat on the Ohio Board of Education at the time.

Skyvue High School continued on in the building for 28 years. Highlights from those years included exceptional basketball and baseball teams. The athletic accomplishments of the school culminated in a 1984-85 state runner-up finish in boys basketball and a 1985 state championship in baseball.

In 1994, as consolidation was enacted across the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District (SOLSD), Skyvue's days as a high school ended. At the end of the 1992/93 school year, Bethel Elementary closed. Then, at the end of the 1993/94 school year, Lewisville and Graysville elementaries closed. Those three schools combined to make Skyvue Elementary.