St. Clairsville American Legion Post # 159 hosting ‘Welcome Home and Thank You’ for Vietnam veterans
The St. Clairsville American Legion Post #159 is holdings its second annual “WELCOME HOME AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE” for Vietnam and Vietnam-era veterans on March 29, 2014 in front of Belmont County Court House at 11 a.m.
The public is encouraged to attend and give these men and women the WELCOME HOME and THANKS they deserve.
For more information,  contact  the St. C. American Legion Post # 159 740-695-9010, Joe Barker 740-391-2128 or Bob Farmer 740-782-1928.

Barnesville Girls Youth Softball Summer League sign ups March 22 and 25
Sign ups for the upcoming girls youth softball summer league will be held on Saturday March 22nd from noon – 2 p.m. and Tuesday March 25th from 6-8 p.m. at the Youth Center. Forms will be available March 10th in the Barnesville Elementary School and Middle School offices for any girl grade K-8. If you have any questions, please contact League President Charity Foreman at (740)213-6519 or on Facebook at

Flushing Garden Club meets March 17
Flushing Garden Club will resume their regular monthly meeting beginning on March 17, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the home of Martha Groves with Mary Betts serving as co-hostess. Cindy Starcher will read the devotions for the evening. Roll call will be to name your favorite CUT FLOWER. Donna Hirauk will give the program on “Conditioning flowers”.  Karen Large will make the “Mass Arrangement” exhibit.

Gospel Meeting March 23-26 at East Main Street Church of Christ
A Gospel Meeting will be held at the East Main Church of Christ in Barnesville, March 23-26, 2014. The theme is, “REJOICE in the LORD always and again I say, REJOICE!” The speaker is Phil Grear  from Springfield, Ohio.
The schedule will be: Sunday, 9:30 a.m. - Rejoice in the Lord! (Philippians 4:4); 10:30 a.m. — Rejoice in the Lord’s GRACE and 6 p.m. —Rejoice in the Lord’s FAMILY; Monday, 7 p.m. — Rejoice in the Lord’s HOPE; Tuesday,7 p.m. — Rejoice in the Lord’s LOVE and Wednesday, 7 p.m., Rejoice in the Lord’s HOME.              
Farm Safety Program March 12th
A Farm Safety Program will be held at the Farm Bureau Office 100 Colonel Dr, Barnesville on Wed, March 12 at 9 a.m.  The topic will be Air Quality Issues, with Don Hoffman as speaker.
The County Farm Bureau offers these general safety guidelines:
Always use the appropriate tool for the job.
Know your working environment.
Never allow extra riders on farm tractors, movers and other machinery.
Watch pinch points and keep clear distances.
Make children aware of the dangers associated with large, unpredictable livestock.
Keep all crop-protection chemicals in secure, locked storage.
Designate a safe play area for children, far removed from equipment, animals and other farm dangers.
For more information on Farm Safety or to register for the March 12, session, please call the Farm Bureau Office at 740-425-3681.

ULSD public hearing on school year March 6
 The Union Local Special Board Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 4, 2014 has been changed to Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 6 p.m. in the high school library for the purpose of a Public Hearing on the proposed 2014-2015 school year calendar and any other business deemed necessary.

Depression & Bipolar Support Group meets March 19th
The Ohio Valley Depression & Bipolar Support Group meets March 19th and also  regularly on the first, second, and fifth Wednesday of each month from 7-9 p.m. at Wheeling Jesuit University in Whalen Hall. This is a peer led group with a facilitator. Speaking in group is up to you. For more information, contact: Tom at 304-234-9406 or Vickie at 304-336-4186 or e-mail
Eagles Aux. 4252 Coleman’s Fish Fry
The Eagles Auxiliary 4252, 137 E. Main St., will be having a Coleman’s Fish Fry every Friday through Lent beginning at 11 a.m. Cost will be $5 for a fish sandwich and $8 for a fish dinner, including fries and cole slaw. Profits will be used to support varies Eagles’ charities. The public is welcome and carry-out is available. To place an order, call 425-1217.

Soup Supper March 7th
The public is invited to a Soup Supper on Friday, March 7 at the Masonic Lodge, located at the corner of S. Chestnut and Sycamore streets.   Serving will be from 4 -7 p.m..  The menu will include; Chili, vegetable soup, chicken noodle soup, hot chicken sandwiches, sloppy joes, hot dogs, coney dogs, cake, pie, brownies, cookies, iced tea, coffee and pop.  The supper is sponsored by Barnesville Chapter No. 206 Order of the Eastern Star (OES) and proceeds will go to support the various OES charities.

B.A.M.A. Men’s Prayer Breakfast March 8
B.A.M.A. Men’s Prayer Breakfast, will be Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 8 a.m. at the Main Street United Methodist Church, Barnesville.  

 Tack swap and flea market April 26th
A tack swap for all animals, along with a home and farm flea market will be held at the Belmont County Fairgrounds on April 26th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  On the same day, starting at noon, we will have a chicken dinner followed by a square dance from 7 to 10 p.m. featuring the local group Deep Down Country.  Tickets for the chicken dinner are $10 and may be purchased in advance by calling 740-296-0067.  Admission to the square dance is $4 at the dance.   Individuals and vendors are welcome to participate in the flea market ,and currently plenty of indoor and outdoor spaces are still available.   For additional information or to reserve a space regarding space rental, you may call 740-296-0067.
A local tack dealer has already committed to attend the event, along with a greenhouse that will offer hanging baskets and flower flats for sale to the public.  Proceeds from the event will be used to make improvements at the Horse Arena at the Belmont County Fairgrounds.

VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 2792 serving Lenten dinners
The VFW Ladies Aux. Post 2792 will be serving fish or shrimp dinners with fries and slaw for $7 per dinner every Friday from 5-7 p.m., starting March 7 and ending April 11. An alternate meat dish will be available each week. Everyone is welcome. Carry out is available by calling 425-9141.

Barnesville Band Booster meeting March 15th
The Barnesville Band Boosters will be holding a meeting on Saturday, March 15th at 10 am in the Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park.

3C Cancer group meeting March 10th
The 3C Cancer group will meet Monday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Senior Citizen Center.  Public is welcome. Also, any correspondence to the organization should be made to 3C Cancer Group, Inc.

Bunco Party March 30th
The St. Joseph Catholic Women’s Club is hosting a Bunco Party on Sunday, March 30 at  St. Anthony’s Hall, Bridgeport, Ohio. The doors open at 1 p.m. and  lunch will be  served from 1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Games begin at 2 p.m.
Admission is $6.
Reservations must be made by March 27, 2014 by calling 635-2836 or 635-2335.

BHS softball team pancake breakfast March 8th
The Barnesville High School softball team will host a pancake breakfast Saturday, March 8 at the Barnesville United Methodist Church from 7 a.m. until noon. The meal includes unlimited pancakes, sausage, milk, coffee  and water. Tickets are $6 each or two for $10. Tickets may be purchased from any Barnesville softball player or at the door. For more information y,ou may contact Bryce (740) 312-8392 or Leslie (740) 238-3748. Thank you for your support!

Upcoming Red Cross blood drives
Red Cross blood drives are scheduled for Thursday, March 6 at the Belmont Career Center, 110 Fox Shannon Place in St. Clairsville from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday, March 7 at Beallsville High School, 43822 State Route 556, Beallsville, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Wednesday, March 12 at Ohio University Eastern, 45425 National Road West, St. Clairsville,  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ohio Valley Depression & Bipolar Support Group meets
The Ohio Valley Depression & Bipolar Support Group meets March 5th and monthly on the first, second and fifth Wednesday of each month from 7-9 p.m. at Wheeling Jesuit University in Whalen Hall.
 This is a peer led group with a facilitator. Speaking in group is up to you.
For more information, contact: Tom at 304-234-9406 or Vickie at 304-336-4186 or

Tack auction fundraiser March 8th
Belmont County Saddle Club will sponsor its annual spring fundraiser tack auction on March 8 at Belmont Gymnasium, Belmont.
Doors open at 4 p.m., bidding at 5 p.m. Items available will include saddles, halters, bridles, bits, buckets, lead ropes and more.
For information, call 740-635-3396. Tim Lara will serve as auctioneer.

Painting with a Purpose fund raiser March 28 and 29
You can help make a difference by supporting the Epworth Center! Join us on Friday, March 28 or Saturday, March 29 at 6 p.m. for our Painting with a Purpose fund raiser! We will have two sessions with two different paintings. Join us for a fun evening of painting and good food (appetizers/desserts.  No painting experience necessary. Advanced reservations are required. Cost is $40 per person and includes art instruction and all supplies. Participants will get to take their painting home.
Call (740) 484-4705 to reserve your spot.
The Epworth Center is a beacon of light and hope to our neighbors in need through the SOWER Work Mission building repair program, Project Manna food pantry, poverty advocacy/education, partnership with local group homes NS much more! Visit for more information.

Items welcome for Jumble Sale
Wheeling Civic Garden Center, Oglebay Park, is requesting donations of items for its annual “Jumble Sale” (an indoor yard sale) which is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 21, 22 and 23.  The center would be grateful for donations of jewelry, books, kitchen articles, odd dishes and glasses, games and puzzles, tools, odds and ends.  Items can be brought to the Garden Center through March 17th.  If yo have a ton of items to donate, call the Garden Center at 304-242-0665 and they will be happy to help you.  This sale benefits the garden center, a non-profit organization, and your donations help to maintain this cultural and educational organization.  Please think of us when you do your spring cleaning ! For more information telephone 304-242-0665.

Wayne Township Trustees meet first Thursday of each month
The Wayne Township Trustees of Belmont County will hold their monthly meetings the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Wayne Township Garage in New Castle, Ohio.
By order of the Wayne Township Trustees, Belmont County.

Dancing For A Cause meets each Thursday
Want to have fun, exercise and help local charities and organizations? The Dancing For A Cause group continues to hold classes each Thursday from 6-7 p.m. in the Grange Hall building on Shamrock Drive. Women and men of all ages and fitness levels are encouraged to join them. They learn a new dance each week, but also review learned dances.
All money collected is donated to local organizations. The group’s latest donation went to the Tri County Women’s Help Center. Past donations have been made to the Barnesville Elementary School for school sup- plies, a meals on a wheels program, the    summer lunch program, the Junior Women’s Club food drive for St. Vincent DePaul, relief efforts for victims of Superstorm Sandy, The Haven, Barnesville Hutton Memorial Library and 3Cs Cancer Support Group and the Somerton United Methodist Church rebuilding fund. For more information, call Rodona Dunfee at 425-1587.

WIC walk-in clinic in Bellaire
The Belmont County WIC Program will sponsor walk-in clinics every Thursday in Bellaire only.  The hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The Bellaire WIC office is located in the Case Bank building on the 4th floor, Room 402.  
New clients need to bring proof of address proof of income, proof of pregnancy and identification for themselves and newborns.  Clients who need recertified will need proof of income and their WIC Folders.  The WIC folders are needed for coupon pick-up also.  WIC is a supplemental nutrition program that encourages breast-feeding and provides nutrition education to its clients.  Women who are pregnant, breast-feeding, infants, and children up to the age of 5 years old qualify.  Working families are encouraged to apply.  For more information call 740-676-2232.

Mandatory OHSAA preseason meeting
Barnesville Schools will be hosting a mandatory preseason OHSAA meeting for all spring athletes and parents in grade 9-12 on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school multi-use room.
Attendance at this meeting is “MANDATORY” for parents and students who plan to participate in winter sports.  An informational DVD produced by the OHSAA will be shown.  If you attended either the fall or winter meeting you are not required to attend.