2012 Year in Review - April and May

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April

• Changes to a pending Joint Economic Development District agreement between the village of Barnesville, Warren Township and private land developers to extend sewer service to the former Bob’s Chevrolet property on SR 147 East were discussed at the Monday, March 26 council meeting and again in a work session held on Thursday, March 29 in Village Administrator Roger Deal’s office.

Changes, required because there is an existing business within the proposed district, include adding a member to the JEDD advisory board. The board will consist of a representative from the village, township trustees, a representative of Force Incorporated (the business located within the district), a representative chosen by employees of Force and a fifth member, chosen by consensus of the other four members. Belmont County Port Authority Director Larry Merry said the two main purposes of the JEDD advisory board are to make sure that the income tax is collected properly and that any debt service is paid. He said no debt was anticipated in the project.

• The Barnesville Area Education Foundation is announcing the Hall of Fame inductees for 2012.

 The inductees are J. Timothy Philipps and Richard “Lefty” Hall. They will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Alumni Banquet scheduled for July 14, 2012. 

• With at least half of the meeting taken up discussing a proposed Joint Economic Development District agreement , the remainder of the March 26 meeting was dedicated to the discussion of safety, land and buildings, park and street, alley and sidewalk issues.

Council passed a resolution increasing rates for emergency squad hospital transports to reflect Medicare rates. It was noted that Bethesda, whose emergency squad will also be providing transports to Barnesville Hospital, had already changed their rates.

In a related matter, it was announced that the emergency squad will begin making hospital transports on April 2.

• Barnesville Eagles 4252 once again put their motto “People Helping People” into action when they donated $5,000 to the Shamrocks Goaliners for the continuing restoration of the Barnesville High School football field.

The most recent part of this major undertaking has included leveling of the field, adding new top soil and re-crowning the field.

In addition to top soil, 300 tons of sand have been added to the field.

Low spots in the field, which were a major problem caused by lack of proper drainage, have been fixed. The field has been rototilled and grated, eliminating the low spots. The rotorilers were loaned to the project by Tom Welch and Ron Saffield. The Barnesville Village Street Department lent the use of a roller.

• The Barnesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Community Spring Banquet is quickly approaching The annual event will be held on Thursday, April 26, 6 p.m. at the Barnesville Elks.

This year’s guest speaker is Adam Del Rosa, Meteorologist/Reporter for Channel 9 News. Adam prepares and delivers the Severe Weather Team 9 forecast on Saturday morning from 9 -10 a.m., and also covers Ohio Valley news during the week. Adam was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa., and graduated from Penn State in May 2011 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology and a minor in Geosciences.

• Exercise benefits everybody. Doug Knox of Barnesville has been a member at Corner Fitness since 2009.

Unlike most people, who begin an exercise program to increase their energy, Doug began coming to the gym three years ago to accomplish the opposite - burning off excess energy to help with relaxation and calm him down. His visits to the gym help him maintain a restful sleep pattern.

Douglass Edward Petroski Knox has Worster-Drought syndrome, a form of congenital suprabulbar paresis that occurs in some children with cerebral palsy. It is caused by inadequate development of the corticobulbar tracts and causes problems with the mouth and tongue including impaired swallowing. For Doug the onset of Worster-Drought syndrome came after he suffered a stroke at birth.

• St. Clairsville — The Friday trial of a Bethesda man accused of murder resulted in a verdict of guilty with a firearm specification. William Satterfield, 25, faces 15 years to life with an additional three years due to the specification.

Satterfield was charged with one count aggravated murder and one count murder in the shooting death of 25-year-old Kevin Smith on Oct. 7, following a dispute over a loose dog at an apartment complex in Bethesda.

• Cheers of triumph and shouts of joy filled the Barnesville Elementary School gymnasium Saturday as the Barnesville High School girl’s softball team hosted members of the Miracle League of the Ohio Valley. Team members set up pitching, batting and catching stations, working with league members for over 30 minutes. Those attending were presented with t-shirts commemorating the day and head coach Matt Johnson presented Ohio Valley League founder Lorraine McCardle with a check for $500 raised by team members.

• Some of you in the community will recognize the name Dr. Carol Narkevic. Dr. Narkevic served the community in the 1980s here in Barnesville. We are pleased to announce that Dr. Narkevic will be returning to the community.

• The Barnesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Community Spring Banquet will be held on Thursday, April 26, 6 p.m. at the Barnesville Elks.

A group of dedicated and deserving local people will be honored at this year’s banquet.

Receiving the Lifetime Achievement award will be retired Barnesville Hospital employee Carol Hunter.

Employee of the Year will be awarded to two other hospital employees, John Sawvel and Frances Lucas.

The Community Service Award recipient is Pat Reischman of the 3 C’s Cancer Support Group .

Citizen of the Year is long-time Barnesville Elementary School physical education teacher Jana Crawford.

May

• A Barnesville area resident is facing criminal charges after authorities reportedly found an operational methamphetamine lab inside his Sandy Ridge Road home on Wednesday.

Belmont County Sheriff Fred Thompson identified the suspect as Michael Maleski.

• A registered sex offender, who resides in northern Noble County, was arrested in Barnesville after he allegedly showed up for an arranged meeting to engage in sexual activity with what he believed was a 14-year-old boy.

Local media reports identified the suspect as Randy P. Woodward, 48, of Jane Bates Road near Senecaville.

• American Legionnaire and Marine veteran Lance Robinson has traveled to 20 state capitals, walking and biking thousands of miles to garner support for a national holiday - Brother to Brother Day - to honor “all those who don a uniform of sacrifice” including military, police, firefighters and EMTs. Brother to Brother Day would be observed on September 10.

He stopped in Barnesville on Tuesday, May 1 and began spreading the word for support for the holiday. He attended Barnesville’s National Day of Prayer observance on Thursday, May 3.

During the observance, Barnesville Mayor Ron Bischof presented Robinson with a proclamation recognizing September 10, 2012 as Brother to Brother Day. Robinson said he would present the proclamation, along with others he collects in the state at the capital in Columbus.

While at Barnesville’s observance of the 61st annual National Day of Prayer, the theme of which was “One Nation Under God,” Robinson handed out United State flags. He takes the small flags with him everywhere he goes, usually handing them out to children.

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Some of the family members of Eugene Rogers (brother, Robert; wife, Anita and grandson, J.C.,) are shown cutting the ribbon at the 2012 3C’s Cancer Support Group Walk held Saturday, May 5 at Barnesville Memorial Park in honor of Eugene, who passed away from esophageal cancer in December.

• ATHENS, OH – Union Local School District in Belmont will be dedicated as a WILD School Site by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife on Wednesday, May, 16 at 6 p.m.

The WILDSchool Site program was established by the ODNR Division of Wildlife in 1994 to encourage schools to take action in order to improve their school yard habitat for wildlife while using the site to learn lessons in the many subjects of their curriculum. Since then, 120 school sites statewide have been certified, with Union Local School District becoming the 121st and the very first in Belmont County.

• Barnesville Middle School’s “Cutting Class for a Cure” was a tremendous success. Co-organizer Lori Witchey said the middle school was able to donate over $4,000 to the 3 C’s Cancer Support Group. “We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in making this a “walk to remember” for our survivors and those who have lost their battle to cancer,” she said.

“We are amazed,”said Middle School Principal Julie Erwin. “We thank the community for coming to join us in our fight against cancer! We are overwhelmed by their generous contributions.”

• The possibility of hiring a school resource officer for the 2012-13 school year was discussed at the Monday, May 7 Barnesville Council meeting. Councilman Tony Johnson said a meeting with Chief David Norris and Barnesville Exempted Village School District Superintendent Randy Lucas was recently held to discuss the joint venture.

The officer would be a village employee, but would spend most of their time at the school’s with the district paying 65 percent of the officer’s salary and the village paying the remainder, an estimated $15,000. The officer would report to Chief Norris and would assist the department when needed. During the summer and vacations, the officer could be utilized by the department, including at park events.

“I think there is a real need there, [at the schools] with Facebook for example,” Johnson said. “ In the long term it would help Barnesville and it would help the schools.”

• The sixth annual Union Local School’s Walk Now for Autism Speaks team held a fund raiser at the Belmont County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ track on May 10. The invitation-only event for Union Local students in grades Pre-K through 5.

This year Team Union Local’s fund raiser was a Trick Riding Extravaganza featuring Union Local graduate Dallas Montag riding in tribute to her brother Shadow. Shadow, a senior at UL, initiated this fund raiser with a vision to combine his trick riding talent with his philanthropy.

• The accomplishments of students and staff in the Barnesville Exempted Village School District were highlighted at the Monday, April 30 board of education meeting.

Superintendent Randy Lucas read a letter from the Ohio Educational Service Center Association congratulating Barnesville High School student Nathaniel Wehr as Belmont County’s Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award winner. Lucas said the award was established in 1989 as a way to recognize outstanding senior scholars in the state. One student in chosen in each county each year.

Wehr was chosen based upon his academic achievements, personal accomplishments and community service, qualifying him as “one of the best and brightest in the Class of 2012. Wehr is the valedictorian of the 2012 BHS class.

“Nathaniel is an outstanding student,” Lucas said. He said High School guidance counselor Mark Brown attended a luncheon and awards ceremony with Wehr and his family in Columbus on April 25. Lucas congratulated Wehr on a job well done.

Lucas updated board members on a recent visit to the elementary school from representatives of the Ohio Department of Education and the Office of the Governor. Sarah Dove, Ohio’s Teacher Liaison from ODE and Nick Gatz, the governor’s Southeast Ohio Regional Liaison, visited the elementary school to find out how the school achieves high test and state report card ratings despite a high poverty rate of students, while managing to keep costs low.

Lucas said Dove, who visited two other schools in the county, talked with administrators and staff and observed students in the classroom.

“It feels good to have someone from the governor’s office recognize the achievements here in Barnesville,” Lucas said. He commended the staff and leadership.

• The Barnesville Exempted Village School District Board of Education, approved a contract between the Barnesville Board of Education and the Village of Barnesville to secure a school resource officer for the 2012-2013 school year.

At the Thursday, May 17 school board meeting, Councilman Tony Johnson thanked the board for working with the village on the joint project.

• Despite developer John Jefferis, Sr.’s request for a “yes or no” answer regarding the Joint Economic Development District agreement, Barnesville Village Council voted unanimously, with councilman John Jefferis, Jr. abstaining, to table the vote on the agreement until the June 11 meeting.

A hearing on the JEDD agreement between the village of Barnesville, Warren Township and private developers John Jefferis, Sr. and T.J. Jefferis was held prior to the council meeting on Monday, May 21 at the fire station, with village officials, Warren Township Trustees and Belmont County Port Authority Director Larry Merry in attendance.

Mayor Ron Bischof welcomed those in attendance, who included approximately 30 members of the public.

• Belmont County Veterans Service Commission will be celebrating its new satellite office with a grand opening here at 113 W. Main St. on June 1. The main office in Bellaire will be closed that day.

• The Union Local School District has received a total of $90,000 in technology grants to enhance its elementary special education program and offer high school students more course options.

Union Local Elementary is the recipient of a $10,000 Mobile Assistive Technologies grant awarded by eTech Ohio. Funding was awarded to 20 schools through a competitive application process open to all Ohio public school districts. The grant will fund the implementation of mobile assistive technologies in the form of iPads and apps for autistic students and those with severe speech difficulties. The grant was developed to expand and enhance learning opportunities for special needs learners through the use of mobile assistive technology.

Kara Erwin, applied behavior analysis therapist and Luanne Barbina, speech therapist, will guide the project. Many teachers at Union Local Elementary will be involved in the differentiation process and have embraced this new and exciting initiative.

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