Matthew Brake, right, engineer for Swiss Valley Associates, shows the Monroe County Commissioners the updated drawings for the Monroe County Animal Shelter during the commissioners’ regular meeting Monday, Oct. 15.

The drawings for the new Monroe County Dog Pound are close to being done. 

Matthew Brake, engineer at Swiss Valley Associates, is ready to move forward, to seek bids and apply for permits.

Mechanics inspect a plow truck at the temporary Ohio Department of Transportation garage in Woodsfield Friday, Oct. 12 during ODOT’s Winter Readiness Event.

Snow and ice will be here sooner than we’d like to think and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) wants to make sure it is ready to keep state routes cleared in Monroe County.

Bob Tschappat, right, of The Health Plan guides Monroe County employees through a variety of options they will have to consider in an attempt to lower the cost of their health insurance at the Monroe County Commissioners’ Tuesday, Oct. 9 meeting.

Monroe County employees and the county could soon be paying up to 50 percent higher health insurance fees if the current plan is renewed under the same terms for 2019.

Matthew Brake, right, engineer for Swiss Valley Associates, shows the Monroe County Commissioners the updated drawings for the Monroe County Animal Shelter during the commissioners’ regular meeting Monday, Oct. 15.
Mechanics inspect a plow truck at the temporary Ohio Department of Transportation garage in Woodsfield Friday, Oct. 12 during ODOT’s Winter Readiness Event.
Bob Tschappat, right, of The Health Plan guides Monroe County employees through a variety of options they will have to consider in an attempt to lower the cost of their health insurance at the Monroe County Commissioners’ Tuesday, Oct. 9 meeting.

~ cheryl dimmerling ~

Cheryl Dimmerling, 50, of McConnelsville, passed away Friday, October 12, 2018, at her home.

She was born in Sullivan, Missouri on December 29, 1967, a daughter of Herman Lawrence of Sullivan, Missouri, and Carol Mincks Dodson also of Sullivan, Missouri.

~ Christina Dilts ~

Christina Dilts, 48, of Woodsfield, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, at the Wetzel County Hospital, New Martinsville, West Virginia.

Arrangements are pending at the Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield.

~ edith sue hall ~

Edith Sue Hall, 60, of Lower Salem, passed away Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at her home.

She was born in Elyria, Ohio on July 1, 1958, a daughter of the late Arnold and Mary Coleman.

~ Hadassah Marie Williams ~

On Sept. 25, 2018, Hadassah Marie Williams left her earthly home in Belpre and went to her heavenly home. 

For the first time she was able to run and we believe she ran into the arms of Jesus. For the first time she was able to talk and we believe Haddie said “hi” to her pap. 

BLAIN ALAN LUDE

Blain Alan Lude born Aug. 6

Jeremy and Nikki Lude, of Lewisville, would like to announce the birth of their son Blain Alan Lude, who was born at 12:08 p.m. on Aug. 6, 2018, weighing 8 lbs. 15 oz. and was 20 inches long. 

He was welcomed home by big sister Greer, who is three years old.  

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John and Bess Lusk are the owners of Whispering Ridge Tree Farm, which was recently named the 2018 Ohio Tree Farm of the Year. Whispering Ridge Tree Farm is located in Monroe County in eastern Ohio, and people are invited to attend a public field day at their farm from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20.

Whispering Ridge Tree Farm, located in Monroe County and owned by John and Bess Lusk, has been named the 2018 Ohio Tree Farm of the Year by the Ohio Tree Farm Committee

Sports

Wyatt Brown charges through the Conotton Valley defense during the first quarter of the Blue Devil’s battle with the Rockets Friday, Oct. 12 at Beallsville., A host of Beallsville defenders turn back a Conotton Valley runner Friday, Oct. 12 at the Blue Devils hosted the Rockets.

Beallsville gave itself a chance to pick up its second win of the season Friday, Oct. 12 when it hosted Conotton Valley.

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