I AM an animal lover. When I retire I want to get a golden retriever, name him Maxwell and live happily ever after.
In the winter months, I purchase shelled corn form Porterfield's and feed the neighborhood deer. They are gorgeous creatures.
With that said, I now must spew some venom toward the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The ODNR may mean well, but possesses no heart or compassion.
That played out Wednesday in Clarington.
The residents in that tiny Monroe County community have been captivated in recent weeks by a tiny and tame deer. The deer was so friendly that it would eat out of people's hands.
The deer sported an orange collar and became the Clarington community pet.
ODNR wildlife officials, however, brought the feel-good story to an abrupt and disturbing ending Wednesday. They shot and killed the deer.
Making matters worse was the fact that two unsuspecting young children witnessed the shooting. Such an episode is not for public consumption, let alone young eyes.
The ODNR believes the deer's friendly behavior is indicative of some type of disease. Why not tranquilize it, have it checked out and see if it is in ill health? If so, it can be put down. If not, return it to Clarington until there is just cause to destroy it or relocate it.
The orange collar would indicate that the deer was in the care of humans at some point. At the current time, it posed no threat to anyone.
The ODNR just needed to monitor the deer's behavior. If it became a problem, then some action could have been taken; but to gun it down, as was the case Wednesday, is plain ruthless.
KUDOS TO Roth Painting L.L.C. for its outstanding job of providing a scenic facelift at Bellaire's Nelson Field. Roth Painting workers painted the bleachers side of the stadium, the railings and the fencing facing the practice field. It looks sharp.
BELMONT SAVINGS Bank is at it again. The bank recently donated $5,000 to Bellaire First United Methodist Church and its "Shoes for Soul" program.
THE PGA Championship was a golf tournament for the ages. Having so many heavyweights with a shot to grab the title down the stretch created great drama. My pre-tournament pick, Rickie Fowler, nearly pulled it off. For someone who didn't win a major, Fowler had a great season.
THE BELLAIRE Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly luncheon/meeting Thursday at noon at the Bellaire Public Library's Community Room. The cost of the luncheon is $7. There is no charge to attend the meeting. Belmont County Commissioner Ginny Favede will be guest speaker. She will be updating the chamber on the new sheriff's museum. Reservations for the luncheon are due by Tuesday by contacting Lillian of the chamber office at 740-676-9723 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TONY STEWART is no stranger to controversy. The NASCAR racing great, however, finds himself in the hottest water yet after striking and killing a driver during a dirt track race last Saturday. After watching the race replay countless times, I would think it is virtually impossible to file charges against Stewart. It was nonsensical for the driver to be walking in the middle of the track after he crashed into the wall, with the help of a Stewart nudge.
THE BUCKEYE LOCAL School District Alumni Band will be marching with the Panther Band at the football game on Friday, Sept. 12. All band alumni (includes all consolidated schools) are invited to participate. If you are interested in participating in the band, majorette, flag corp or dance line, contact Shari Gaul (740) 310-7161 or Connie Emery at (740) 733-7972 on or before Aug. 26.
ON WEDNESDAY, at 5:30 p.m., Dr. John Whitehead III, assistant professor and director of fine arts at Wheeling Jesuit University, will be reviewing the book, "The Remains of the Day" by Kazua Shigo at the Bellaire Public Library. This is a free event and is open to the public. Light refreshments will also be served. Whitehead received his undergrad degree from Eastern College, and his graduate degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Temple University. He has been teaching at Wheeling Jesuit University since 1990.
OHIO STATE QB and Heisman Trophy hopeful Braxton Miller is on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated College Football Preview edition. S.I. ranks the Buckeyes fourth.
OUT WITH the Jefferson County Fair and in with the Monroe County Fair. Monroe's event unfolds Monday at Woodsfield. The fair is passionately embraced by county residents all year long.
IT'S A SHAME that Buckeye Local students will be starting their school season amidst a strike. That is unless a quick change of events takes place with OAPSE negotiations. It would be nice if the OAPSE union workers would remain on the job while talks continue. School strikes are never pretty.
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