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.

~ robert muntz ~

Robert L. Muntz, 80, of Miltonsburg, Ohio passed away Monday, April 17, 2017 at his home.

He was born in Smithfield, Ohio on March 19, 1937, a son of the late Charles Edward and Cora West Muntz.

Jason Gibson, center, is greeted by Ed Frank and Robert Welsh of the Woodsfield American Legion Post 87 Friday, April 14 after he spoke at “Who is Your Hero” event at Woodsfield Church of Christ.
Children from Woodsfield Church of Christ sing “This Land is Your Land” during Friday, April 14’s “Who is Your Hero” event at the church. The event was held to honor the county’s military, veterans and first responders.
SOLSD Superintendent Jeffrey Greenley speaks at Friday, April 14’s “Who is Your Hero” event at Woodsfield Church of Christ.
U.S. Army veteran Jason Gibson speaks to the crowd during Woodsfield Church of Christ’s “Who is Your Hero” event Friday.

Our hero for the night

Jason Gibson doesn’t feel his life is anything extraordinary.

Sure, he’s done some amazing things. He served as a combat engineer in Iraq and Afghanistan, searching for mines and IEDs, building bridges and supporting army operations.

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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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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.