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Commissioners' Meetings: Sheriff Discusses Need For Jail; Township Association Continues to Request Money
Written by Darin Brown, General Manager   
Thursday, September 11, 2014 8:45 AM

The Monroe County Commissioners had a short meeting day on Sept. 8, meeting only with Monroe County Sheriff Charles Black Jr. and Zane Daniels of the Columbia Pipeline Group.

Sheriff Black spoke to commissioners about the progress on talks on building a new jail. He said his office has been negatively impacted in various ways by the necessity of housing prisoners at other county jails and he is hoping for a decision soon.

According to Sheriff Black, his office is projecting a cost of $120,000 to $130,000 to house prisoners from August through the end of the year and have only $20,000 left in the prisoner housing fund. He said the prisoner housing fund isn’t the only part of his department being affected. “The overtime is killing us,” said Sheriff Black. He noted that most of his office’s overtime comes because of transporting prisoners to far-flung areas. He said transporting prisoners is also affecting fuel costs, case loads and patrols in the county.

Sheriff Black also gave specific examples of what his department must do to house prisoners. He said last week he had two female prisoners. He had to “practically beg” Licking County to house one. The other female prisoner was placed on house arrest at the Olive Tree Inn.

“I hate to be a broken record on this, but we’re going to have some significant issues by the end of the year on housing,” Sheriff Black said.

Commissioners told Sheriff Black that a meeting is scheduled between them and Prosecuting Attorney James Peters for the Sept. 15 commissioners’ meeting at 10 a.m. in regards to the jail. Commissioners also said they will soon be meeting with a representative of Ross, Sinclaire and Associates to discuss feasibility of the jail. 

Regional College and Career Night Slated For Sept. 15
Written by Staff   
Thursday, September 11, 2014 8:44 AM

There is no better time to plan for the future than today. Parents and students (7-12th grades) should plan to attend The College and Career Night on Sept. 15.

Because education creates opportunities, members of the Switzerland of Ohio H.E.L.P. (Higher Education and Learning Partnership) and The Kiwanis Club of Woodsfield are co-sponsoring the Night Sept. 15 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Swiss Hills Career Center (located 8 miles East of Woodsfield.)

The free event will be a one-stop-shop for answers on higher education and learning opportunities in the region. It will feature a number of invitees including colleges, available military recruiters, as well as information on trades and adult education. Information will also be available on financial aid options; post-secondary and dual enrollment options and more.

“Now in its fifth year, the event provides essential components for success in education and learning,” said H.E.L.P. Chair Gwynn Stewart. “The event is an excellent opportunity for students in the area to explore college and career options, as well as financial aid resources and more,” added Stewart. A mix of small and larger schools have been invited.

Education and Entertainment Mark Depression Awareness Event Sept. 13
Written by Staff   
Thursday, September 11, 2014 8:43 AM

Do you know CPR or first aid? Why did you learn those skills? Quite possibley they were learned so that you could be prepared and possibly help save a life if a situation presented itself. What about depression? Would you recognize the warning signs or symptoms in a colleague, friend or family member suffering from it?

On September 13 at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Courthouse the Monroe County Suicide Prevention Coalition (MCSPC) will present an evening  of vital information about depression and musical entertainment by local entertainers, C.J. Wise, Savannah Burke, and Moriah Dailey.

Pandora Neuhart will speak briefly about depression as well as how to recognize the signs in those around us. Depression and its sometimes devastating consequences have covered the media recently with the death of comedian Robin Williams. Conversations have sprung up among all ages expressing confusion about the topic. One of the MCSPC’s goals is to provide information and educational material to the public to help make our community a healthier one.

Those attending the evening will also be encouraged to program the local crisis hotline number into their cell phones so if the need arises there is an immediate resource for help. In addition, the MCSPC will have free material available which addresses depression, suicide and ways to help someone. 

Walk to End Alzheimer's To Be Held Sept. 20 in Woodsfield
Written by Staff   
Thursday, September 11, 2014 8:42 AM

On Saturday, September 20, a Walk to End Alzheimers will be held in Woodsfield. This is the first Walk to End Alzheimer’s to be held in Monroe County.

The walk is a one-mile loop that will begin and end at the Monroe County Courthouse with a ceremony being held directly after the walk. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 10:00 a.m. There is no fee to walk and walkers can either walk solo or create a team.

Every $50.00 raised by a single walker or by a team will earn a free T-shirt. All proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

For further information or to pre-register for the walk, please contact Marlana Hart at 472-3220 or Andrea Cullinan at 472-0144.

Network Operation Center Opens in New Sardis Community Center
Written by Staff   
Thursday, September 11, 2014 8:40 AM
Community residents meet with owner Thom Hinton (standing, left). Standing: Mike Bess, Larry Stewart. Seated: Lisa DeGarmo, Teako Bess, Britton DeGarmo, Brad Boggs, Helen Wycoff, Alisha Bess, Mariah Warrington, Keysha Bess.

Investing in the future is the goal of the new Sardis Community Center and it takes a huge first step in that direction as opens a network operation center in the building, formerly the Sardis Elementary School. The internet service benefits residents of Monroe, Wetzel, and Tyler counties. owner Thom Hinton is excited about the new location for his growing business, which has been in operation since 2006. It currently serves both the Ohio and West Virginia sides of the river from Proctor to Fly, also branching away from the river. It provides high speed, affordable internet to area residents, many of whom do not otherwise have access to service.  It most recently erected a tower on Long Ridge in Ohio Township. The expansion of the business into the community center and through towers will increase the number of people with the option of receiving the radio-based service.

Another exciting dimension is that is currently working on installing fiber-optic cables in the community center with some of their towers also migrating to fiber optic. also provides phone service and will be beta-testing television service this fall.

"We like to help the community, so that's why we will provide Dally Memorial Library with free Internet service. Patrons will have faster speeds in the computer bank and through free Wi-Fi," Hinton commented.