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John (Larry) Dickerson


John (Larry) Dickerson, 73, of Cadiz, died Thursday, April 19, at Valley Hospice Care Center, North in Steubenville, Ohio. He was born May 29, 1944 in Martins Ferry, Ohio a son of the late John (Jack) and Marjorie Irene Dunlap Dickerson.

Larry attended New Athens School. He was a member of the Cadiz Eagles, Aerie #2162 and Cadiz American Legion Post 34. He was a retired operator of the Ohio Operating Engineers Local 18.

He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, who affectionately called him “Poppy”, and playing his guitar and singing country music of the greats: George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, and Elvis just to name a few. He enjoyed camping at his favorite campground, Yokum’s Vacationland in Seneca Rocks, W.Va.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Richard and Frank Dickerson and a sister.

He will be sadly missed by his wife of 53 years, Wanda Evans Dickerson; and his three daughters, Gina (David) Ferri of Cadiz, Teri (Kevin) Kuhn, Hopedale, and Tammy (Kevin) Best of Cadiz; eight grandchildren: Nikolas, Hannah and Mikenzi Edwards, Allison and Cassidy Kuhn, Kamree and Lauren Best and Angelina Ferri; two great granddaughters: Mila Lynn Edwards and Amelia Moore. A brother, Ronald (Barbara) Dickerson of Port St. Lucie, Florida; and two sisters-in-law, Celia Dickerson and Judy Dickerson Dursik, and many niece, nephews, cousins and many dear friends, including a special niece, Connie Dickerson Clark, and a speical cousin, Helen Kay Milliken and his best friends, Gordy Schrader of Cadiz and Bub Yokum of Seneca Rocks, W.Va.

Friends may call Tuesday, 1-8 p.m. at Clark-Kirkland Funeral Home, Cadiz, where funeral services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. with Pastor Jon Little officiating.  Burial will follow at Cadiz Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Harrison County Cancer Crusaders, c/o Julie McPeak, 226 Charleston Street, Cadiz, Ohio 43907 or Valley Hospice, 10686 State Route 150, Rayland, Ohio 43943.

Online condolences may be made at www.clark-kirkland.com.

Helen Ann Purtiman


Helen Ann Purtiman of St. Clairsville Ohio passed away April 17, at Wheeling Hospital. Helen, born Sept. 30, 1937, was the daughter of the late Anna (Swaton) and Andy Bouska of Freeport, Ohio.

Helen was a 1955 graduate of Freeport High School and retired from Sargus Juvenile Center. She was a member of Thoburn United Methodist Church in St. Clarisville. She loved to cook, read, complete puzzles, work outdoors with flowers and go shopping with her daughter. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Purtiman, son Jimmy, sisters Mary and Bessie Burger, and brothers Frank and Andy Bouska.

Surviving is her loving daughter, best friend and care giver Theresa, her loving grandson Bo Allen Pritts, sister, Mildred Castello of Uhrichsville, Ohio and a very loving niece Shirley Cunningham of Cadiz, Ohio and several other nieces and nephews. Helen also leaves behind her beloved companion pet Gemma.

According to her wishes her body will be donated to the Ohio State University Department of Anatomy. Support and prayers are requested for her family. Arrangements by the Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory 204 W. Main St. St Clairsville, Ohio 43950. Share your thoughts and memories of Helen with the family at www.beckaltmeyer.com 

Huskies ride out victory at Martins Ferry

Huskies senior Ronnie Bowers looks for connection at the plate in last weekend’s bout with Maysville. Bowers registered two hits against the Purple Riders three days later.
Harrison Central senior Logan Elliott delivers a fielded ball to first base from his short stop position in last weekend’s 6-4 loss to Maysville.


NH Sports Writer

MARTINS FERRY – The Harrison Central baseball program entered this past Wednesday’s OVAC Tournament cutoff needing wins, and then just a little bit of help. With three clubs virtually vying for two spots, there was certainly a group that was going to end the night refocusing their season on the next set of goals. Unfortunately for the Harrison County troop, a comfortable 15-9 victory over the Martins Ferry Purple Riders wouldn’t be enough to keep them from being the odd man out.

It goes without saying, but Mother Nature paid the Huskies (7-4) no favors this past week in their pursuit of a Class 4A bid. It started with a rained out game Monday against the Purple Riders, and then snow — yes snow — prevented the completion of a previously suspended game with the Buckeye Local Panthers on Tuesday. The cancelled game Monday forced the Harrison coaching staff to plan for a double-header in the trip to Ferry. However, even a 4 o’clock first pitch couldn’t overcome the cloudy conditions that would only afford enough time for one game, an issue that would deal a crippling blow to the squad’s OVAC Championship aspirations.

In a nutshell, the Huskies needed to take care of their own business while pulling for Wheeling Central to top St. Clairsville and Coshocton to knock off Meadowbrook. Take care of business they did, but the other cards simply didn’t fall into place when the scoreboard watching was finished. The St. Clairsville game was called on account of darkness, and the Colts handled the Redskins in their co-conference ECOL matchup.

Not to be lost in the mix of the OVAC Tournament picture, the Huskies have won five of their last six and are absolutely trending in the right direction when and if the weather ever decides to break. After suffering a setback last Saturday at the hands of the visiting Maysville Panthers (4-2), the Purple Riders (5-5) were the rebound victory Harrison needed after two days of uncooperative weather. A four run third and a five run fifth provided enough cushion to fend off a late push from the Riders that produced six runs in the final three innings.

Senior Logan Elliott picked up his second victory of the year from the hill, tossing 6.2 innings before classmate J.R. Heavilin came in and closed the door for the Huskies in the bottom of the seventh.

Heavilin not only aided Elliott on the mound, he had a big night in the batter’s box as well. The Coppin State commit sprayed two doubles and a single, while producing or accounting for a third of Harrison’s offensive output. Elliott also helped his own cause, running up three singles, two RBI’s and a run scored. The two pitchers had a hand in a combined eight runs for Head Coach Mike Valesko and the Huskies. Chance Hursey, Ronnie Bowers, and Andrew Clelland were the other major contributors, each turning in a multi-hit performance. Hursey rounded the bags twice and knocked in four runs on two doubles. Bowers, who has hit the ball hard all year, found some daylight with a single and a double, and Clelland knocked in his 13th and 14th RBI’S of the season on his two singles.

This afternoon, St. Clairsville will travel to (1) Steubenville as the four seed in the OVAC Class 4A tournament. Meadowbrook and (2) Edison will make up the other half of the bracket as the two and three seeds.

As for the Huskies, a 6-4 loss to Maysville at home last weekend is the only thing separating them from a six game winning streak. There are still a number of big games left on the card, including scheduled dates with Edison, Steubenville, Garaway and Wheeling Park before the official postseason begins in early May.

Ohioans Fish for Free the First Weekend in May


May 5-6 is Ohio’s free fishing weekend

COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio is known for its world-class fishing, and on May 5-6, anglers are invited to take part in the annual free fishing weekend, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Ohio’s Free Fishing Days are open to all Ohio residents and extend to all of Ohio’s public waters, including Lake Erie and the Ohio River. This is the only weekend all year that does not require anyone 16-years-old or older to obtain a fishing license.

The ODNR Division of Wildlife’s six fish hatcheries stocked more than 66 million sport fish in public waters in 2017, including walleye, saugeye, steelhead, rainbow trout, brown trout, muskellunge, channel catfish, blue catfish and hybrid striped bass, which will provide opportunities for more than 1.3 million Ohio anglers.

Ohio State Parks is also offering a camping discount during Ohio’s Free Fishing Days. Campers can receive a 20 percent off discount May 4-6 by using the promotion code 18ANGLER.

The Free Fishing Days weekend offers Ohioans of all ages the chance to experience the fun of catching a fish. Here are some helpful tips for taking a youngster out fishing.

  • Keep the trip simple by considering a child’s age and skill level.
  • Choose a pond, lake or stream where children will be able to easily catch a few fish.
  • A spin-cast reel is usually the easiest for kids to use.
  • Bring a camera and snacks.
  • Be patient – plan on spending time untangling lines, baiting hooks, landing fish and taking pictures.
  • Most of all, have fun.

Anglers 16 years and older are required to have a valid fishing license to take fish, frogs or turtles from Ohio waters when not fishing on Ohio’s free fishing weekend. An Ohio resident fishing license is only $19 a year for residents. Fishing licenses are available at participating agents and wildohio.gov.

The sales of fishing licenses, along with the Sport Fish Restoration (SFR) program, continue to fund ODNR Division of Wildlife’s fish management operations. No state tax dollars are used for these activities. These are user-pay, user-benefit programs.

The SFR is a partnership between federal and state governments, industry and anglers/boaters. When anglers purchase rods, reels, fishing tackle, fish finder and motor boat fuel, they pay an excise tax. The federal government collects these taxes, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service administers and disburses these funds to state fish and wildlife agencies. These funds are used to acquire habitat, produce and stock fish, conduct research and surveys, provide aquatic education, and acquire and develop boat accesses.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

High school charity set for May 11


CADIZ – A community service project is scheduled to be held at Harrison Central High School on May 11 on the front lawn of the school, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. All donations will need to be brought in to the office of the high school by May 8.

“I planned this community service project for my public speaking final, where we had to create an original idea or project. I did this project to help benefit our community and for the kids in my school,” thanks again, said Alex Barcroft, a student at Harrison Central.

The project is called the Husky Hand-Me-Downs! What’s to be collected: clothes and shoes for this project, and to hand them out for free to people in our community who are in need.

New internet company to service rural Harrison County




Yes, I mean it’s going to be fast, and it’s something that’s unheard of in the country.

HARRISON COUNTY – When it comes to corralling business for the betterment of Harrison County and the frustrations involved, it’s certainly not for the lack of trying. Along with private businesses popping up from time to time, a power plant is also on the horizon along with several oil and gas companies that have already planted foundations throughout the county.

Now comes a private Internet company to be named Imperial Network. And it is the brainchild of Larry Bertolino, owner of MyLocalPCpro, located on East Market Street in Cadiz. His partner, along with wife Katherine, is local businessman and property owner, James Coffelt.

“Connecting the rest of us,” is the tagline Bertolino offered for unlimited broadband internet for the outlying areas of the county, and possibly beyond.

Bertolino stated that he’s had this swirling in his head for the past 10 years and now it appears the dream will come to fruition. That dream includes the eventual erection of four towers located in and around the county for providing top notch internet service to outlying areas, or in better terms, the forgotten ones that Bertolino likes to say.

This is to be an all-purpose wi-fi service the likes of which the country has not seen before, Bertolino said, which includes gaming, schoolwork and anything else involving the Internet.

“Yes, I mean it’s going to be fast,” he said, “and it’s something that’s unheard of in the country. It’s something that you all take for granted in towns around here, it’s expected, it’s a service that’s there, it’s always going to be there, no big deal. The rest of us out here in the sticks of Harrison County well, we don’t have that luxury.”

Bertolino talked of the difficulty for kids who live out away from regular service to do homework online, which is being required more as the years progress from schools. He said he’s had to bring his family into town at his office so his kids could finish schoolwork or for him to finish his own work for that matter.

“So that’s our whole goal is to connect the rest of us,” he explained. “Our main demographic is everyone outside the town. We’re the ones that have been forgotten by the other companies.”

Bertolino said the first and primary tower will be constructed in the Tappan area and that is to be expected in a couple of weeks with service up and running in three to four months. But he added, the towers, where the other three would be scattered in other parts of the county are only a small aspect of the operation. And he said, the Tappan tower will be powerful where he called its reach, “tremendous.”

When asked what actually makes the service as fast as they are promoting, he quietly laughed but added that it’s in the technology and the method he’s applying in order to “put this all together.”

Bertolino said there are hundreds that live in the outlying areas that have little or no service and emphasized how much they need to be taken care of. He said the service will be “as automated as possible” with customers subscribing and canceling on their own via a website.

Coffelt said he’s merely the financial backer in all of this with Bertolino in the obvious position of the tech expert. Coffelt stated the service they are going to provide could impact kids who attend the local schools but still live outside the main areas where Internet service is provided.

Coffelt said eventually the plan is for another tower at The Lodge, one inside the village of Cadiz and another one in the eastern part of the county. He also felt, for what they are getting, it could be less expensive than what everyone else is paying but certainly better.

“I think we can change a lot of lives,” he said.

Nelms Celebration of Life to be held at Sally Buffalo


People are invited to a Celebration of Life for Tom Nelms on Sunday, May 20 between the hours of 1 – 4 p.m. at the Wallace Lodge, located in Sally Buffalo Park in Cadiz, Ohio. This is not a formal service but an opportunity to share favorite stories and pictures of Tom with his friends and family. Light snacks will be provided. In lieu of flowers or donations, only your presence is requested.

Sunflower program to be held at Puskarich Library


CADIZ -A program on the different varieties of sunflowers, how to make them grow and to do a harvest will be held at 6 p.m. on May 7 at the Puskarich Public Library, 200 East Market Street.

Adele Mason, an Ohio State University Extension master gardener, will be presenting the program. This program is suitable for children and adults alike. She will be discussing making a  sunflower house, growing sun flowers for pollinators, saving and storing seeds and the benefits of sunflower butters. It will conclude with a craft suitable for a Mother’s Day gift from a child.

Parents should attend with their child to assist with the project, it was noted. For more information, call (740) 942-2623.

Deborah Sue Poland Mills


Deborah Sue Poland Mills, 61, of Cadiz, Ohio, died Tuesday, April 17, at the Valley Hospice Care Center, North in Steubenville.  She was born April 9, 1957 in Wheeling, W.Va., a daughter of the late Thomas Marvin Poland, Sr. and the late Marilyn Sue Knight Alexander.

Debbie was a former employee of the Scio Pottery and Domino’s, a bus driver for the Harrison County MRDD, and a Nurses Aid at the Carriage Inn of Cadiz. She enjoyed cross stitch and puzzles and was active in the Rainbow Girls when she was young. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Orville G. Mills. Surviving are a brother, Thomas Poland (Betty Satterfield) and a sister, Anita Manbeck (Mike), all of Cadiz, several cousins, nieces and nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Friends may call Sunday, 4-6 p.m. at Clark-Kirkland Funeral Home, Cadiz, where funeral services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. with Pastor John Kotsanos officiating.

Burial will follow at Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to Valley Hospice, 10686 State Route 150, Rayland, Ohio 43943.

Online condolences may be made at www.clark-kirkland.com.

Forrest L. Fisher


Forrest L. Fisher, age 61, of Scio passed away Monday April 16, in Aultman Hospital, Canton surrounded by his loving family.

Forrest was born July 27, 1956 in Dennison, Ohio, to the late Melvin and Mollie Watkins Fisher. He graduated from Carrollton High School in1974. Forrest proudly farmed the land held by the Fisher family for three generations. He was a volunteer firefighter for over 30 years with the Loudon Township VFD. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Forrest was a member of the New Rumley United Methodist Church.

In addition to his parents, Forrest was preceded in death by his first wife Cindy Lumley Fisher and a half-sister Sue McDannels.

 Surviving are his wife Cherri Fisher; daughters Jenn Fisher, Marcy (Rhett) Vincenzo and Kristin (Tim) Potts;  a step-son Brad (Cindy) Scott; a step daughter Natalie (Dylan) Demas; grandchildren Daria and Nathan Scott, Grayson Demas, Emily and Daxton Potts and Cooper Vincenzo and a sister Alicia (Phil) LaMancusa.

Services will be held Friday, April 20 at 1 p.m. in New Rumley United Methodist Church with Pastors Tom Snodgrass and David Lee officiating. Burial will follow in New Rumley United Methodist Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at Koch Funeral Home, Scio. Memorial contributions may be made to New Rumley United Methodist Church, c/o Sandy Knowles 11877 William Penn Blvd., Hartville, Ohio 44632.