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.

Rinard Mills 4/20/17

March 1 came in with a high flood of the Little Muskingum and March 31 left with the water running high.

The 2017 Midwest American Cheerpower was held April 2 at the Columbus Convention Center. The Ohio Valley All Stars ‘Lady of Legendz Parkersburg, WV’ participated. An interesting informative day.

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.

~ merle reich ~

Merle L. Reich, 68, of Gahanna, passed away on April 10, 2017.

He was born in Woodsfield, Aug. 28, 1948, a son of the late Clarence and Melba (Heft) Reich.

Merle graduated from Woodsfield High School in 1966 and The Ohio State University in 1970.

~ everette williamson ~

Everette Williamson, 88, of Woodsfield, passed away Monday, April, 10, 2017, at the Wheeling Hospital, Wheeling, West Virginia.

He was born in Hartford, Tennessee on April 18, 1928, a son of the late Jake and Della Bennett Williamson.

~ Violet miller ~

Violet Margarett Miller, 94, formerly of Cain Ridge Road, Clarington, died Tuesday, April 11, 2017, in the Monroe County Care Center, Woodsfield.

She was born Jan. 22, 1923, in Clarington, a daughter of the late Joseph and Emma Fankhauser McDougal.

~ lola tremblay ~

Lola Tremblay, 93, of Beallsville, died Friday, April 14, 2017, in Barnesville Hospital.

She was born March 1, 1924, in Ozark, a daughter of the late Otto A. and Kate Klug Burkhart.

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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.

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