The annual Barnesville Area Chamber of Commerce Community Spring Banquet, is scheduled for Thursday, April 27 at 6 p.m., in the Elk's ballroom, 117 N. Chestnut St., Barnesville. Tickets are $25 per person, $45 per couple, and $15 for students. This year's featured speaker will be Belmont County native Mr. Robert E. Murray.

Murray is the founder, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Murray Energy Corporation ("Murray Energy") and Subsidiary Companies, a group of privately held coal mining, sales, and transloading companies, which, together, currently produce about 75 million tons of bituminous coal annually and employ about 6,000 persons in six states and Colombia, South America. These facilities comprise one of the largest groups of underground coal mining and river and ocean shipment operations in the world.

Mr. Murray was formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of The North American Coal Corporation ("North American"). He served North American for 31 years at all levels of management.

During his 60-year career in the mining industry, Mr. Murray has received numerous safety, educational, engineering, leadership, professional, and philanthropic awards. He is a past president of the major worldwide mining, metallurgical, and petroleum engineering institutes and societies. He serves on the Board of Directors of most of our national and state coal trade associations.

Mr. Murray is a national leader on matters affecting the coal and minerals industries before Congress, the Administration, and regulatory and other government agencies. He is recognized as a knowledgeable spokesman on: electricity availability, reliability, and affordability; how actions and regulations of the Obama Administration destroyed America's electric power grid, as well as the economy of many regions of our Country; and what the Trump Administration must do to protect coal mining jobs and affordable, reliable electricity in America.

Mr. Murray holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mining Degree from The Ohio State University and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

He is a licensed Professional Engineer and private pilot, and resides with his wife, Brenda, in Moreland Hills and St. Clairsville, Ohio. Their sons, Rob, Jon, and Ryan are executives in the Company, and Brenda and Bob have eight grandchildren.

The chamber is seeking nominations for Community Service, Employee of the Year, Citizen of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Nominations can be mailed or delivered to the Barnesville Chamber of Commerce, 130 W. Main St., PO Box 462, Barnesville, OH 43713 or submitted by email at For any questions you may contact the Chamber Office by e-mail or by calling 740-425-4300.