Members of the Woodsfield Fire Department watch the fire take a house during a practice fire Sunday, three miles east of Woodsfield on State Route 78.

For Monroe County’s fire departments, fires are often a surprise.

They will get the call and have to immediately react.

Edgemarc, represented by Andrea Barnes, second from right, presented a $5,000 grant to the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District to help fund the district’s Blessings in a Backpack program, which will provide food for students over the weekend. Pictured are, from left to right: SOLSD Superintendent Jeffrey Greenley, Barnes, SOLSD Grant Writer Diane Burkhart and Woodsfield Elementary Principal Josh Ischy.

A story Diane Burkhart heard a few months ago showed her an apparent need in the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District.

Monroe County Chamber of Commerce Office Manager Barbara Carslund, right, welcomes the chamber’s newest member, Kole Hogue, owner/operator of Kuts by Kole Ltd.

The Monroe County Chamber of Commerce got its newest member Friday, April 21 as Chamber Office Manager Barbara Carslund welcomed Kole Hogue, owner/operator of Kuts by Kole Ltd., into the group.

Members of the Woodsfield Fire Department watch the fire take a house during a practice fire Sunday, three miles east of Woodsfield on State Route 78.
Edgemarc, represented by Andrea Barnes, second from right, presented a $5,000 grant to the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District to help fund the district’s Blessings in a Backpack program, which will provide food for students over the weekend. Pictured are, from left to right: SOLSD Superintendent Jeffrey Greenley, Barnes, SOLSD Grant Writer Diane Burkhart and Woodsfield Elementary Principal Josh Ischy.
Monroe County Chamber of Commerce Office Manager Barbara Carslund, right, welcomes the chamber’s newest member, Kole Hogue, owner/operator of Kuts by Kole Ltd.

Caregiver’s Corner 4/27/17

Any family member or caregiver of a person with dementia learns very quickly that the old, regular or “normal” way of communication seems to be ineffective. This leads to frustration and possibly a feeling of helplessness on the part of family and caregivers. However, consider that there is a good chance the individual with dementia feels the same way.

Switzer News 4/27/17

Congratulations to Shane and Asia Atchison on the birth of their daughter Aria Lynn Atchison on April 18. Aria weighed 7 lbs. and was 21 1/2 inches long. Proud grandparents are Dave and Susie Prickett.

Thoughts From the Bumpy Road 4/27/17

The drive along my bumpy road is dotted with white this week. The frigid cold snap in March affected many of the spring flowering plants. I was afraid the cold had taken a bite out of the wild dogwood trees behind my house and along the township road. Not to worry! The dogwood are spectacular again this year. Mother Nature did not disappoint this season.

Pirl/Hoskinson engagement

Joseph and Pamela Pirl are pleased to announce the engagement of their son Jacob D. Pirl, of Clarington, to a wonderful young lady, Melissa D. Hoskinson, of Woodsfield. Melissa is the daughter of Donnie and Chris Hoskinson.

A summer wedding is planned at Grandvue Park in Moundsville, West Virginia.

Garden Club holds meeting

The Switzerland of Ohio Garden Club enjoyed the delightful spring gardens at the home-based business of Cathy Black - Backwoods Country. 13 members discussed the following new ideas which are in the works: plantings will beautify the county near the Monroe Theater, Sardis welcome signs and walking trail, Antioch and the fence beside Bellwood Drugstore.

Pictured is Mary Valentine, middle, with her sisters Geraldine Petersen and Helen Wyckoff.

Card shower for Mary Valentine

Mary Valentine, resident of New Matamoras will be celebrating her 80th birthday on April 29th. Mary grew up in Sardis and was a graduate of the first class from River High School. She was an employee of the Monroe County Welfare department for several years and was a former New Matamoras correspondent for the Monroe County Beacon.

~ Barbara cox ~

Barbara A. Cox, 65, of Fredericksburg, VA passed away Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Mary Washington Hospital after a courageous ten year battle with cancer.

~ helen brown ~

Helen Cronin Brown, 92 of Westerville, Ohio passed away Saturday, April 22, 2017. She was born in Woodsfield, Ohio April 16, 1925, the daughter of the late Clark and Lola Smith Cronin.

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Sports

The River and Magnolia softball teams pose with Casey Tisher after Thursday’s Strike Out MS Game at Sardis.

It was a battle on the field, but River and Magnolia were united for a cause Thursday, February 20 as the Strike Out Muscular Dystrophy game was held at Sardis.

Local Columnists

Any family member or caregiver of a person with dementia learns very quickly that the old, regular or “normal” way of communication seems to be ineffective.