Rose Arend, left, paints 11-year-old Kaleigh Safreed’s face during Hoops for the heart Saturday, Feb. 25 at Woodsfield Elementary School. The fourth annual event raises awareness for heart health.

Tari Lohrey remembered the day her son Bryn came home and said, “Mom, I’m going to be a fireman.”

“He wasn’t afraid of anything,” Tari Lohrey said. “He (worked) a lot of accidents. He was willing to tackle anything. He loved to help people.”

County officials got a preview of a pontential all-call system, Everbridge, Monday, Feb. 27 at the Monroe County EMA Office. Pictured above, Robin Groves, of the Monroe County Health Department and EMA Coordinator Phil Keevert see how the system can be operated.

Monroe County officials sat in on a conference call and online demonstration Monday, Feb. 27 for a potential replacement for the county’s all-call system.

The Monroe County Chamber of Commerce welcomed its newest member Friday, Feb. 24, as Brice Safreed joined the group.

A Monroe County native, Safreed plans to begin operating an insurance agency in the Woodsfield area within the next year.

Rose Arend, left, paints 11-year-old Kaleigh Safreed’s face during Hoops for the heart Saturday, Feb. 25 at Woodsfield Elementary School. The fourth annual event raises awareness for heart health.
County officials got a preview of a pontential all-call system, Everbridge, Monday, Feb. 27 at the Monroe County EMA Office. Pictured above, Robin Groves, of the Monroe County Health Department and EMA Coordinator Phil Keevert see how the system can be operated.

Bernie Crawford

Bernie Crawford, age 88 of Newton, West Virginia, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at Westwood Place, Woodsfield.

He was born Dec. 19, 1928, in Duffy, the son of the late Everett and Thelma Potts Crawford.

Opal E. Crum

Opal E. Crum, age 98, of Woodsfield, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at the Monroe County Care Center.

She was born Feb. 13, 1919 at Jackson Ridge, Monroe County, a daughter of the late David and Dessie Mae Holtsclaw Yoss.

Franklin James Mallett

Franklin James Mallett, 94, left his earthly home for a heavenly one on Feb. 16, 2017.

Born in rural southeastern Ohio on July 9, 1922, Monroe County was his home until his college years.

His parents were Urban James and Susan Jane (Billman) Mallett.

John Frederick Thomas

John Frederick Thomas, Sr., 85, formerly of Alledonia, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at his home near New Martinsville, West Virginia.

He was born Feb. 15, 1931, in York, Pennsylvania, a son of the late Russell, Sr. and Lottie Eberle Thomas.

Connie Martin Lee

Connie Martin Lee, 66, of Reynoldsburg, passed away on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, surrounded by her loving family at Mount Carmel East Hospital, Reynoldsburg.

She was born Dec. 8, 1950, to the late Frank (Dick) and E. Joanne (Nalley) Martin, Woodsfield.

Connie retired from the Group Sales Division of Nationwide Insurance Company in 2007.

Beverly Leasure

Beverly Leasure, 55, of Canton, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, with her children by her side.

She was born Oct. 6, 1961, in Marietta, to Jack and Bernice Stewart Leasure.

Beverly proudly served in the United States Navy.

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