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.

Second Look 10/4/18

45 Years Ago

Bill Phillips was recently promoted by the Beallsville Fire Department to 2nd Lieutenant of the emergency squad. He is a member of “Ohio First Aid and Rescue Association” and of “The Tri-County Firemen’s Association.”..........

55 Years Ago

Thoughts From the Bumpy Road 10/4/18

“Time flies when you are having fun.” This old saying suits the mood I am in tonight as I sit down to write my contribution to this week’s Beacon. It was this time five years ago when I started adding my “two cents” to the Beacon to replace my father’s “Around the Burnside” after his death in March of 2013.

Rinard Mills 10/8/18

The New Mat Red Hats moved their September 13 location to the Carroll Senior Center because the Boathouse at Marietta reported water lapping onto its patio. Sherry Kirkbride brought her pot of famous potato soup that the gals all think quite tasty. In fact there was a request to bring it next month.

Meeting Dates 10/4/18

Matamoras Masonic Lodge #374 is holding a community breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. The breakfast includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, sausage gravy, biscuits, pancakes, cinnamon roll, orange juice and coffee. The public is invited to attend. Carry out is available.

 

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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.

Local Columnists

It was supposed to be my crowning achievement, the pinnacle of my adult-life athletic success.