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Sunday, January 13, 2013




The Jackson County Times-Journal


Eldon Eugene Dennison

Constance J. “Connie” Martin

Constance J. “Connie” Martin

Constance J. “Connie” Martin, age 90, of Wellston, passed away Friday, January 11, 2013, at the Holzer Medical Center in Gallipolis, Ohio. She was born May 25, 1922 in Glenroy, Ohio, the daughter of the late Alfred Nichols and Mae Nagel Nichols. Connie was a 1940 graduate of Coalton High School. She was a homemaker and an employee of the former Hercules Trouser Company in Wellston. Connie was a faithful, active member of the Hope United Methodist Church in Wellston, where she was a member of the United Methodist Women and the Women’s Sunday School Class. She was a dedicated volunteer at My Brother’s Place in Wellston and she attended the Wellston Senior Citizens where she was given the honor of being chosen the Ohillco Festival Senior Citizens Queen. Connie was also chosen as the Wellston Mother’s Club Mother of the Year. She is survived by 2 sons, Joseph E. Martin of Wellston and John E. Martin of Wellston, along with 6 grandchildren, including Janice Martin Butcher of Lancaster, and 2 great-grandchildren. Besides her parents, Connie was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Martin; son, James E. Martin, Jr. and infant daughter, Gretchen Ann Martin. At Connie’s request, her body was cremated. A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, January 19, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Hope United Methodist Church in Wellston with Pastor Brian Vinson officiating. Private burial will be held in the Ridgewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial contributions be given in Connie’s name to the Hope United Methodist Church, 219 East First Street, Wellston, Ohio 45692. Services are under the direction of the McWilliams Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.

Mary E. Wilson

Mary E. Wilson, age 82, of Jackson, Ohio, passed away Thursday, Jan. 10,2013, at Four Winds Nursing Facility, Jackson. She was bom in Murray City, Ohio, on Jan. 28, 1930. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Nannie (Johnson) Sorrell; husband, Roger Wilson; son, Michael. Wilson; six brothers and six sisters. She is survived by one son, Gregory Wilson of Tennessee, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mary was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jackson, the Intercessary Prayer Group and was a volunteer at the VA Hospital, Chillicothe, Ohio. Funeral service will be Saturday, Jan. 12, at 11 a.m. at the Mayhew-Brown Funeral Home with Gregory Wilson officiating. Friends will be received, one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Burial will follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery, Nelsonville, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Four Winds Nursing Facility Activity Fund, 215 Seth Avenue, Jackson, Ohio 45640.

Eldon Eugene Dennison, age 78 of Jackson passed away Thursday, January 10,2013 at the Holzer Medical Center of Jackson. He was born November 23, 1934 to the Late Edgar and Amanda Shopshear Dennison in Jackson County, Ohio. He was a loving and caring son, husband, father, grandfather and brother. He was a member the Promise Land Church, the Limerick Grange #1917 and the Local 83 Labor Union. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers; Ernest and James Dennison. He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of 54 years Bonnie Woods Dennison, sister; Ruth Swaney of Jackson, four sons: Ronald (Rita) Dennison of Ray, Ohio, Richard Dennison and Roger Dennison both of Jackson and Ray Dennison of Zanesville, Ohio, daughter: Rhonda (Mitchell) Wiseman of Jackson, 15 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 1 P.M. Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at the Mayhew-Brown Funeral Home with Rev. Don Price officiating and burial to follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 P.M. Monday, January 14, 2013 at the funeral home.

Daniel L. “Danie” Wise Daniel L. “Danie” Wise, age 65, of Jackson, passed away Thursday, January 10, 2013. He was born September 25, 1947 to the late Hollis and Mildred Brooks Wise in Franklin County, Ohio. H was an ordained minister and was with the First Christian Church of McArthur, Ohio for many years. He is survived by two sons, Jay and Jeffrey Wise and a very special friend and companion, Petey his dog. Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 13, 2013 at Mayhew-Brown Funeral Home with Rev. David Downton officiating. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the funeral home.

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established the Mayor’s Court and established compensation for a Mayor’s Court Magistrate. Council voted to suspend the rules and declared it an emergency, going on to pass the ordinance. “The Village Council has determined that it would be beneficial to establish a Mayor’s Court and to appoint a magistrate to preside over said Court in the absence of the Mayor,” the council approved. “This ordinance is hereby declared to be an emergency measure immediately necessary for the preservation of the public health, peace, safety and welfare as same will provide for revenue necessary to operate the village; wherefore this ordinance shall go into full force and effect immediately upon its passage and approval by the Mayor,” the ordinance said. The Mayor’s Court is pursuant to sections of 1905.03 and 1905.031 of the Ohio Revised Code. The ordinance says that the Supreme Court of Ohio has formulated mandatory rules governing the operation of a Mayor’s Court to assure fair, competent and efficient operation. The next ordinance appointed Linda R. Warner of Gallipolis, as the Magistrate that will preside in the Village of Oak Hill’s Mayor’s Court. Warner


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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have conducted research that shows Ohio is at significant risk for elevated levels of indoor radon. Approximately 50 percent of Ohio homes tested had levels above the EPA action level of 4pCi/l of air (picocuries per liter of air). “Elevated levels of indoor radon have been found in

of Ohio to say that they will be investigating the report regarding Continued from page A1 the Hall of Honor. Howard released. “They are “We want to ensure that Jackson constitutional experts who have City Schools follow the Constiturepresented all across the coun- tion and that includes not taking try cities, counties, and even a any particular action until we state,” Howard explained. complete an investigation of the According to their website context and purpose of the display, the at issue,” Liberty Institute’s general Liberty Institute is a noncounsel Jeffrey C. Mateer wrote. profit legal group dedicated “As you know, context and to defending and restoring history are important in Establishreligious liberty across America ment Clause jurisprudence and it — in schools, for churches and is premature for anyone to draw throughout the public arena. any final conclusions regarding Liberty’s vision is to reestablish the display in the Hall of Honor. religious liberty in accordance Because the display you complain with the principles of the naof has been in place for at least 65 tion’s founders. years and this is the first complaint “Fortunately, this school of which I am aware regarding the district has made the bold deci- display, I am sure you would agree sion to stand up for their First that maintaining the status quo Amendment rights, but many during pendency of the investigatimes, we see districts concede tion is entirely appropriate and to the demands of radical reasonable,” Mateer wrote to the groups to avoid costly lawtwo organizations. suits,” Liberty Institute reported Hiram Sasser, Director of Lition their website. gation for Liberty Institute, added, “Liberty Institute can help if “It is reasonable and appropriate we reach these districts in time. for the school district to consider Please pray for our attorneys the overall context, purpose, and as they work tirelessly to be history of the ‘Hall of Honor’ one step ahead of these radical display and not to take any pregroups, so we can educate and mature actions, such as removing inform local governments about the portrait or succumbing to legal their true constitutional rights,” threats from an organization such the site also said. as FFRF.” “We are humbled and grate“We want to ensure that the ful to say that we have never Jackson City School District lost a case to the American follows the Constitution, which Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), includes not engaging in religious Freedom From Religion hostility by immediately removing Foundation (FFRF) or Ameripart of the Hall of Honor display cans United for Separation of that has been in place for at least Church and State,” boasted 65 years without complaint,” the Liberty Institue on their Howard said. website. Liberty Institute stated they will The Liberty Institute has conduct their investigation over already sent letters to Staff the next few months and then will Attorney Rebecca S. Markert report to the Board on or after of the Freedom From Religion March 20, 2013, with their recomFoundation and Legal Direcmendation. Email me at tor James L. Hardiman of the American Civil Liberties Union


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According to’s Long Range Team, headed by Expert Senior Meteorologist Paul Pastelok, “Temperatures are likely to swing 15 to 25 degrees above normal or more from a several-day to perhaps a week or more period from the northern Rockies, eastward to the interior South and much of the Midwest and at least part of the Northeast.”

Cold and snow to retreat week two of January cation where the cold air will resist for a little while longer: northern New England. Bubbles of Arctic air will slip over the region from State College, Pa. — Accentral Canada into the first part of cuWeather reports winter will next week. sound the retreat of cold air and “The cold air is likely to start snow over much of the nation building southward from western for the second week of January. Canada later next week, probably Snowcover that has reached first entering the northern Rockabout two-thirds of the nation to ies,” Pastelok said. start the year will not last due to From there, the cold may push an upcoming shift in steeringsouthward through the Rockies level winds. and eastward onto the Plains. These high-flying, highAs this happens, the warmth velocity winds, known as the will come into full bloom over jet stream, will pull northward much of the eastern third of the naduring the second week of the tion, including New England. month, allowing temperatures It is possible it will set up a to moderate, which in turn will major southwest-northeast storm melt a substantial amount of track somewhere from the Mississnow outside of ski country. sippi River to the East Coast later According to AccuWeather. in week two to week three of the com’s Long Range Team, month. headed by Expert Senior Meteo“The key to the storm track rologist Paul Pastelok, “Temmay be if the cold air drives well peratures are likely to swing southward in the West,” Expert 15 to 25 degrees above normal Senior Meteorologist Jack Boston or more from a several-day to said. “If this happens, the storm perhaps a week or more period track will set up more in the from the northern Rockies, middle of the nation, which would eastward to the interior South be a good thing as far as moisture and much of the Midwest and at is concerned for the upper Missisleast part of the Northeast.” sippi Basin.” Temperatures will range If the cold pushes more to the from near- to above-normal for east over the middle of the nation, several days over the balance of it would likely set up the storm the West. track somewhere from the AppalaThere will be at least one lo- chians to the East coast. By Alex Sosnowski,

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currently serves as a Magistrate for Gallia County Court of Common Pleas, as well as the Magistrate for the Village of Rio Grande, as well as Middleport and Pomeroy. According to the ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute any necessary contract related to the appointment of the Magistrate, Warner shall maintain all certifications required by the Ohio Supreme Court and the State of Ohio. The third piece of legislation that was passed as an emergency, was an ordinance that established the fees and costs schedule for the Mayor’s Court. The Council also passed an ordinance that established a Mayor’s Court Computer Fund for designated money collected by the Mayor’s Court and payable to the village. The establishment of Mayor’s Court Computer Improvements Fund will permit certain designated monies to be identified for capital needs and computer maintenance and improvements of the Mayor’s Court. “It is the determination of this Council that such fund should be established at the earliest possible moment, which fact together with the necessity of providing for the usual daily operation of the mayor’s Court causes an emergency to exist which requires that this Ordinance take effect and be enforce from and after the time hereinafter specified,” the council approved. A $10 fee assessed from the Mayor’s Court will be paid into the Mayor’s Court Computer Fund per case.

homes and schools in each of Ohio’s 88 counties,” said ODH Director Theodore E. Wymyslo, M.D. “I strongly encourage all Ohio homeowners to have their homes tested for elevated levels of radon.” Residents in Jackson County can receive a coupon for a free test kit by visiting the Health Department or by calling (740) 286-5094. Additional information about radon can be found on the ODH Web site at www.

Two sessions of the Oak Hill Mayor’s Court is set for each month, however if a trial needs to be held at a different time, the court may append the schedule. The Mayor’s Court is set to be held the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. and the third Thursday at 5 p.m. If a government recognized holiday falls on a court date, the court calendar may be adapted. Cases will be heard at the Imogene Brunton Davis Memorial Building. The Court’s first case is set to be heard on Feb. 5, as long as all the proper legal requirements are met. Oak Hill Police Chief Chris Gruber said that his officers would be ready to begin citing violations into the Oak Hill Mayor’s Court when the proper approval arrives from the Supreme Court and Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Several year’s ago Oak Hill Mayor Robert Jones conducted a Mayor’s Court, but the court was ended when state mandates became to much of a burden for the village. Council stipulated that if this Mayor’s Court is not beneficial to the village, it will be discontinued.

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Jesus Christ would stay, it was short lived, as the second shoe has dropped. Howard received a letter from the United Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), on January 10. The American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to the Jackson City School District, warning school officials that a religious portrait of Jesus currently hanging in the Jackson Middle School is unconstitutional. “The Establishment Clause of the Constitution prohibits government institutions from displaying religious imagery unless that display is for a secular purpose,” said ACLU of Ohio Litigation Coordinator and Staff Attorney Drew Dennis. “In this case, there are no other historical or religious figures displayed, making it very clear that the portrait is nonsecular and meant to endorse one religion in particular.” School officials have argued that the portrait in question was given to the school as a gift from a student organization

and that it has been on display for many years. Nevertheless, courts across the country have ordered many other schools to remove, or alter similar religious displays, some of which had been on display for over 50 years. “Separation of church and state is one of our nation’s oldest traditions,” said Dennis. “The founders of our country recognized that public institutions need to be welcoming, inclusive places for all citizens, regardless of their faith or creed. Public school displays that advance one particular religious tradition are neither welcoming, nor inclusive for those who may have other beliefs.” “The fact that this portrait has been hanging for many years does not change the fact that it promotes one set of religious beliefs at the expense of all others,” added Dennis. “Jackson City Schools should take this opportunity to remove or alter their middle school display to better reflect and respect the diversity of the modern community.” In response to this latest threatening letter, Howard stated, “Our position hasn’t changed. I am leaving the picture there until I am forced to take it down.”


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