Sorry about overlooking this thread... lots happening here lately. I'm finally getting back to some normalcy.
I peviously mentioned the incorrect firewall configuration file that I alter. The file is /etc/rc.d/init.d/firewall. I simply make sure that the PERMIT= line is reflective of my local network range, and then I add a new port 22 entry (e.g. " 22/udp 22/tcp"). Save and reboot.