Cheers & Jeers

CHEERS for the appearance of The Traveling Wall now at Barnesville Memorial Park. It draws attention to veterans, service personnel and others who strive to keep our nation

free. Cheers also to those who made its appearance possible.

CHEERS to the congregation of the Somerton United Methodist Church for working to raise funds for the construction of a church building to replace one which had stood in the

village for 139 years until it was destroyed by the wayward

winds of a derecho.The town may be small, but like Mighty

Mouse, the church members aren’t afraid of a challenge. They

also have been helped by other United Methodist congregations.

JEERS to the cockfights which have drawn people from eight states to a pit in Eastern Kentucky. Such blood-letting and cruelty doesn’t deserve the term, “blood sport,” as it’s

sometimes defined. There’s nothing sporting about it.

CHEERS to those who participated in the National Day of Prayer. Selected as this year’s theme was “‘One Voice, United in Prayer,'” to emphasize “the need for individuals,

corporately and individually, to place their faith in the

unfailing character of their Creator, who is sovereign over all

governments, authorities, and men.”

CHEERS to the fact that Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual Light the Night Walk has to date raised more than $70,000 with more funds being received to help in the fight

against these illnesses.

CHEERS to the Jefferson County commissioners who have begun the formation of a land bank which could lead to the demolition or improvement of vacant houses throughout that

county and to the Belmont County commissioners who are now

studying such a formation as a possibility.

Cheers & Jeers

JEERS to the person or persons responsible for beheading the tiger statue in Shadyside. It’s enough to make a person roar with frustration at such destruction – let’s hope the head is

returned and the statue can be repaired.

CHEERS to the signing of the Smith-Lever Act 100 years ago next Thursday, because it established Cooperative Extension, which has helped an untold number of adults and youngsters.

CHEERS to the 140th Kentucky Derby scheduled today. Sometimes call “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports,” the event over the years has made the first Saturday in May interesting.

CHEERS to Sheila Slezak, a Harrison County woman, who organized Dogs 4 Warriors, which trains dogs to be given to veterans to help them in dealing with post-traumatic stress


JEERS to the overheated jail cell in which a mentally ill, homeless former Marine died in New York. Jerome Murdough, 56, was buried last Saturday after his cell overheated to at least

100 degrees, apparently caused by malfunctioning equipment.

Reportedly suffering from schizophrenia and a bipolar

disorder, he didn’t open a small window in his cell as other

inmates did, and he hadn’t been checked on for at least four


CHEERS to the third graders at St. Mary Central, Martins Ferry, for their biography reports and presentations in which they portrayed the person about whom they wrote. This project

and the annual Famous Americans activity at Union Local help

students have fun while learning.

CHEERS to the Yorkville-Tiltonsville-Rayland Coalition which benefits residents and village governments in that area.