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Digital Works Approaches End of First Year in Woodsfield, Open House Scheduled
Written by Darin Brown, General Manager   
Friday, August 22, 2014 10:09 AM | Updated ( Friday, August 22, 2014 10:23 AM )
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
Written by Darin Brown, General Manager   
Friday, August 22, 2014 10:08 AM | Updated ( Friday, August 22, 2014 10:17 AM )


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
Written by Darin Brown, General Manager   
Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:18 AM
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. 

Hannibal Professional Center Utilizes Previous Hannibal Elementary
Written by Darin Brown, General Manager   
Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:14 AM
The Isaly Fitness Center has been a successful addition to the Hannibal Professional Center. The fitness center, operated by Rick and Karla Isaly boasts all new equipment is open 24/7.

Ron and Maxine Isaly saw all five of their children and several of their grandchildren attend school at Hannibal Elementary. They knew the building was a hub of the Hannibal community, and when it was closed and auctioned off after the new River Elementary was built, they recognized the value and purchased the building.

Since the building was vacated by the school district in March, the Isaly family (including Ron, his brother and several of Ron and Maxine’s children) have been hard at work painting the entire school, waxing all the floors, and repairing things when needed. “It needed a lot of improvement,” Maxine said. The couple also installed new lighting and put ductless air conditioning and heating systems in all 10 classrooms.

With all their hard work making the building look like new, the couple was ready to seek a return on their investment. In recent months, they formed RNB Hannibal Development LLC, and they have now opened the Hannibal Professional Center, where space can be rented or leased for those seeking office or retail space.

Still in its infancy, the Hannibal Professional Center already boasts several tenants. Many family members have started businesses in the building, and an oil and gas company operating locally has rented office space in the center.

Perhaps the most impressive of the center’s tenants is the Isaly Fitness Center LLC, operated by Rick and Karla Isaly. The couple is leasing three former classrooms on the bottom floor of the center to operate a 24/7 gym. “We tried to break things up into three different rooms to target different fitness levels and work-outs,” said Karla.

The fitness center features all brand new equipment free weights, selectorize weight-lifting equipment, ellipticals, treadmills, stationary bikes, rowers, etc. The center also features an impressive Fitness on Demand program that can stream from 85 videos and project the fitness programs on a large screen in the one room, which is left with an open floor area for aerobic activities or things like yoga or pilates.

The fitness center’s 24/7 structure has led to a lot of business in its first few weeks. “It’s been very popular. People can work out at their convenience,” said Karla. She noted that there are no other 24/7 gyms in the area, making that a selling point for their facility. Rick said there are multiple security cameras in place as well as key card locks to secure the facility for those wishing to work-out late. 

The Second Annual Bark For Life Held in Hannibal
Written by Staff   
Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:12 AM

The Monroe County Relay for Life recently held the Second annual Bark for Life at the Hannibal Locks and Dam with 8 dogs participating. Bark for Life is a fundraising event honoring the life-long contributions of Canine Caregivers. It represents an opportunity for people to be empowered through their canine companion partnerships and to contribute to cancer cures through the mission of the American Cancer Society. The canines participated in various laps, doggie games and portraits of them and their owners. One such lap was the purple lap where the dog was dressed in purple and that lap was won by Max, a beagle, owned by Brenda Griffon.

Doggie games included a relay race, where the owners had to put a necklace and socks on the dogs and then get them to the finish line still wearing the items. Jed, owned by Linda McConnell was the winner. Musical chairs was played. Dogs walked to music and when it stopped the owner was to command the dog to sit and remain sitting for at least 15 seconds. Jed won this contest as well.