Belmont County Issue 2 Subcommittee meets

There will be a meeting of the Belmont County Issue 2 Subcommittee at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23, in the Commissioners' Office at the Belmont County Courthouse.

The purpose of the meeting is to select an additional member to serve on the subcommittee which will review and prioritize projects from Belmont County for Round 24 of the Ohio Public Works Program. The prioritization will be done at a later meeting, the time, date and place to be selected by the subcommittee at this meeting.

Subcommittee members include county engineer Fred Bennett, County Commissioner Chuck Probst, Brookside Mayor Robert Thomas and a representative of the Belmont County Trustees.

This meeting is opened to the public.

UL Washington D.C. Trip

The Union Local High School Student Council is sponsoring a weekend trip to Washington D.C. on Saturday, Oct. 31 to Sunday, Nov. 1. The bus will leave Union Local High School parking lot at 5 a.m. the 31st and arrive in Washington D.C. by 11 a.m. After a day in DC, passengers will be picked-up and taken to the Crowne Plaza at Tyson's Corner in McClean, Va. They can spend the evening shopping at the Tyson's Corner shopping center, which is the 11th largest mall in the country, or simply relax at the hotel. On Sunday, passengers will return to D.C. before heading back to the valley at 5 p.m. The bus will arrive back at Union Local at 11 p.m.

All passengers must be 18 or older or accompanied by a parent of a parent-approved adult who is 21 years or older. The cost per person is based on the number of people sharing a room; four per room is $135, three per room is $145, two per room is $160, and one per room is $200. In order to get your seat on the bus, payment must be received in full. All money is due by Wednesday, Sept. 30. For more information or to purchase a ticket, contact any Union Local High School Student Council member or their advisor, Joan Lepic at (740) 695-2886 or (740) 695-2059.

All proceeds will be used to benefit Union Local High students in their various projects and community service.

4-H frozen food sale

4-H Frozen Food Sale orders are being accepted until Sept. 29. Orders will be picked up on Oct. 16 at the Monroe County Fairgrounds. Customers can contact the Extension Office at (740) 472-0810 for an order form or a 4-H member.

The sale offers a variety of frozen fruits, pie shells, vegetables, meats, appetizers, fish, breads, desserts and convenience food items. Many items are great for baking or handy for busy families on to go.

Spaghetti dinner Sept. 23 in Flushing

A Spaghetti Dinner is planned for Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Flushing United Methodist Church, 301 High Street, Flushing. Spaghetti and Meatballs, beverage, salad and dessert. Take out available.

The Church decided to hold this as a treat for the community. There is no charge but there will be a Love Offering for those who want to give. This project is two fold. The Flushing Church has had a special fund for Union Local Schools for many years. The funds are for special needs of the young people. It is administered by a committee of teachers and a representative from the Church. This allows for a need to be taken care of immediately when a teacher becomes aware of it. Several hundred of pieces of clothing have been given out.

The second project us for the Big Stone Gap Missions, which is located in the poorest three counties in the very western part of Virginia. That is not a mistake, it is located in Virginia. The Mission has three thrift shops that are set up just like clothing departments. The clothing is on racks with room for everything to be seen. Everything is priced, even if it is only 10 cents or a quarter. This helps to let people have their pride. They also give out 200 or 300 packages of school supplies twice a year.

The Mission helps out with electric, gas and fuel for the homes. They help people get training so they can get a job. They have even found transportation for families that had none so they could get to work. These are only a few of their many projects for that area. The Flushing Methodist Church has supported this mission for ten years.

So let us cook for you that night. Everyone is welcome. For further information contact Eleanor Garretson at (740) 968-3424.

Texas Hold'Em Tournament

A Texas Hold'Em Tournament will be sponsored by the Barnesville Football Moms Organization on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Barnesville American Legion Hall. Entry fee is $50 and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Barnesville Football Moms Organization. For more information, please contact any Barnesville Football Mom Officer.

Pennyroyal Opera House show Sept. 25

The Pennyroyal Opera House in Fairview, Ohio will have a bluegrass show on Friday, Sept. 25 featuring The Martin Family. Opening the show will be For His Glory.

The kitchen will open at 5 p.m. and the show will start at 7 p.m.

The Pennyroyal Opera House is located off I-70 at exit 198.

For more information or ticket prices, call Rich or Carol Smith at (740) 695-6291 or visit

Punt, Throw and Kick Contest Oct. 3

Local youngsters are back in the spotlight again tuning up their football skill in preparation for the 2009 Kiwanis P,T&K Competition to be held Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. with registration beginning at 9 a.m. at the Barnesville HS Stadium.

Participants in the competition compete only against others their own age. Any youngster, girl or boy, 8-15 years of age as of Oct. 3, should be accompanied by a parent or guardian may register to compete in the P,T&K competition that day. There is no entrance fee or body contact during the competition. Absolutely no steel spikes are to be worn.

Scoring is based on distance and accuracy with one point added for every foot of punting, throwing and kicking distance and a point subtracted for every foot off the center line.

OES spaghetti Dinner

Barnesville Chapter No. 206 Order of the Eastern Star will sponsor a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge in Barnesville. The lodge is located at the corner of S. Chestnut and Sycamore Streets. The menu includes Spaghetti with marinara or meatball sauce, toss salad, roll & butter, beverage, and assorted cakes, pies and cookies. Cost is a donation.

OES installation Oct. 6

The annual Installation of Officers of Barnesville Chapter No. 206 Order of the Eastern Star will be held Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge. Worthy Matron Elect is Sue Ward and Bob Phillips is the Worthy Patron Elect. The Installing Officer will be Peggy Headley. All members are invited to attend.

Hazen Pancake Breakfast Sept. 26

Hazen Lodge #251, in Bethesda, will hold a free pancake breakfast on Saturday morning, Sept. 26 at 7-9 a.m. Worshipful Master Hal Miller extends an invitation to all Masons and community members to share good breakfast and have an enjoyable time with family and friends.

Class of '59 meets Sept. 26

The Barnesville High School class of 1959 will hold its monthly meeting on Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. at Annie K.

UL Touchdown Club meets

The next meeting of the Union Local Touchdown Club will be Thursday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the lower level of the Cherry Tree Building in Belmont. All members are encouraged to attend and new members are welcome. For more information visit

Hospital fundraising trip

Barnesville Hospital is holding a fundraising trip to Seven Springs Resort on Saturday, Oct. 17. Cost is $77per person and includes roundtrip motor coach, admission to Autumn Fest, buffet lunch and much more. Reservations must be confirmed by October 2. Contact Rodona Dunfee at 740-425-1587 or 740-238-1415. Proceeds to be used as a matching gift to purchase medical equipment for ER & OR.

Bethesda Village Council meeting rescheduled

The Village of Bethesda is rescheduling the monthly council meeting and it will now be held on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.

Mums available from Barnesville FFA

Barnesville FFA will be providing mums for a donation to any community members who may be interested. Students will have some mums at the mini-barn that they will be raffling off during the pumpkin festival in the area around the tractor show. If you are interested in picking them out of the greenhouse you can contact the ag dept at 425-3617 ext. 5183. Leave a message and someone will contact you as soon as possible.

Public Employee Retirees, Inc. meeting

The Belmont County Chapter 79 of the Public Employee Retirees, Inc. meet on the third Wednesday of every other month at the J.B Martin Recreation Center located at the Belmont County Fairgrounds, St. Clairsville, Ohio.

BHS Class of 1957 meets

The BHS Class of 1957 will meet for breakfast Saturday morning Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. at Annie K's.

Pumpkin Porch Crafts and Gifts

As in many past years Pumpkin Porch will be open again this year in the historical Boswell Monument Building on S. Chestnut St. just north of the Cattlemen Association Steaks.

A variety of unique and one of a kind items will be offered. These will include: wall hangings, quilt, pillows, benches, stools, chairs, milk, cream and water cans, stars, Santas, Snowmen, Ohio State and Shamrocks. Also many other crafts and gifts.

Come early for the best selection and enjoy the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival.

The festival hours for Pumpkin Porch will be Wednesday, Sept 23 - 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.; Thursday, Sept. 24 - 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 25 - 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 26 - 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 27 - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Decorated Pumpkin Contest To Be Held

Decorated pumpkins like the ones shown above will be on display at the Decorated Pumpkin Contest at the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival on Thursday, Sept. 24. Various pumpkin creations will be accepted at the registration table on West Main Street from noon until 8 p.m. that day. A cash prize of $25 will be awarded to the entry judged Best of Show. Cash prizes of $20, $15, and $10 will be awarded in the following categories: Best decorated pumpkin/squash using natural materials; best decorated pumpkin/squash using paint or artificial decoration; best decorated vegetables; best decorated pumpkin/squash by a group or organization.

Winners are announced Friday morning, Sept. 25. Several of the winning entries will be displayed at tables in the King Pumpkin area during the festival.

46th Barnesville High School Class Reunion

The Barnesville High School Class of 1963 will meet at the First Baptist Church , 94 Shady Lane, Barnesville on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, call Ellen Brown (740) 425-1509; E-mail: or Linda Lucas: (740) 425-1336.

BHS Class of 1957 meets

The BHS Class of 1957 will meet for breakfast on the regular second Saturday of Sept. and also the Saturday morning of Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. at Annie K's.

50/50 raffle tickets being sold

50/50 raffle tickets are being sold to benefit the James M. O'Grady Memorial Scholarship Fund. Jim taught math and was a guidance counselor at Union Local High School, and he also taught Driver's Education to countless people over the years. The scholarship is awarded to a Union Local High School senior who is attending Ohio University and majoring in education or a math related field. Last year's recipient was Sarah Minnich. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The drawing will be held on Friday, Nov. 20. Anyone interested in purchasing tickets can call Michele at 425-2057 or Kelly at 425-4293, or you can catch us at the Pumpkin Festival.

Apple Festival Queen and Princess Pageant

The 2009 Apple Festival Queen and Princess Pageant will be held on Sunday, Sept. 27, at the Moose Lodge in Wellsburg, West Virginia at 11:30 a.m. Special event this year will be the high-point overall winner.

The events are open to all area boys 0-6 years of age and girls 0-18 years of age. Winners will be presented at the Wellsburg Apple Festival on Saturday, Oct. 3.

For more information, phone Shirlie Rogers, Pageant Director for brochures at (304) 737-2482.

Texas Hold'Em Tournament Oct. 17

A Texas Hold'Em Tournament will be sponsored by the Barnesville Football Moms Organization on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Barnesville American Legion Hall. Entry fee is $50 and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Barnesville Football Moms Organization. For more information, please contact any Barnesville Football Mom Officer.

BHS Class of 1957

The BHS Class of 1957 will meet for breakfast on the regular second Saturday of September and also the Saturday morning of Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. at Annie K's.

WIC walk-in clinics

The Belmont County WIC program will sponsor walk-in clinics on Tuesdays in St. Clairsville and on Wednesdays in Bellaire. The hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Barnesville hours are the second Friday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ohio Hills Health Services, 110 E. Main St.

New clients need proof of address, proof of income and identification such as a drivers license or a social security card. Crib cards will be accepted for newborns. Clients who need recertified will need proof of income and their WIC folders. Also, a written authorization from a parent/guardian to have a child receive WIC services is needed if a parent/guardian is not with a child at the time of recertification. Belmont County WIC is having open enrollment the months of May and June. WIC is a supplemental nutrition program that encourages breastfeeding and provides education to its clients. Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, infants and children up to the age of five qualify. Working families are encouraged to apply. For more information call 695-0222 or 676-2232.

BBM Rotary meets

The Bethesda-Belmont-Morristown Rotary Club dinner meeting is every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Bethesda Senior Center. The meeting is now being catered by Mark Glass from the Bethesda Market.

Depression and Bipolar Support Group (Wheeling) meets every month on the first, third, and fifth Wednesdays of each month.

September Meetings: Wednesdays, Sept. 30 from 7 - 9 p.m. at Wheeling Jesuit University, Whelan Hall.

Depression and Bipolar Support Group ( Steubenville ) meets every month on the second and fourth Mondays.

September Meetings: Monday, Sept. 29, 7-9 p.m. Trinity East Hospital , Lawson Avenue , Board Room.

For additional info - call: 304-242-1830 or e-mail: