Ten Years Ago 2007

Barnesville teachers picket at the April 19 school board meeting. Many carried signs proclaiming "When You Shortchange Teachers, You Shortchange Students" and "Invest in Teachers, Invest in Your Child" to protest the current contract stalemate.

The Ohio Hills Health Services is preparing to move into its new home at the Bradfield Building, former home of First National Bank/Wesbanco Bank, but not without the friendly help of some neighbors. Inmates from the Belmont County Correctional Institute are volunteering at the facility to do renovations, a contribution valued at more than $100,000 in labor costs.

One last delivery is in store for Martha Miller Stephen, 23-year veteran Barnesville rural mail carrier, as she prepares to retire.

A fire in Wayne Twp. near Jerusalem on Twp. Road 127 claimed the life of Donnie Tubaugh.

Somerton Ridgerunners 4-H Cloverbud members make book marks for the Barnesville Hutton Memorial Library Homebound Reading Club.

Twenty-five Year Ago 1992

A new state-of-the-art ultrasound system at Barnesville Hospital allows doctors to view the heart while it is working "so we can examine the function of valves and chamber of the heart" states P.K. Souri, MD. The machine is part of over $2.2 million invested in new technology at the facility in the past five years.

Saturday is set as a volunteer "work day" at Barnesville Depot.

Rick Evans and Barry Sparks, new owners of the golf course west of Batesville, change the name of the facility to Lake Seneca Golf Club.

Major grants awarded by the Barnesville Education Foundation include $25,000 to help finance a new Middle School Computer Lab and a complete upgrade of the High School Computer Lab.

Rev. B. Leon Wilson, minister of the Barnesville Baptist Church and principal and teacher in the Union Local School District, died Monday at Barnesville Hospital.

Bill Shubat, democrat candidate for Belmont County Commissioner, supports a western county Clerk of Courts Title Office.

Fifty Years Ago 1967

If the county-wide levy passes next Tuesday, a joint vocational/technical school is certain.

Four salesmen at Doan For are honored for sales Samuel Shipley, Emerson Cox, Geraldine Shepherd and Heber Hartshorn.

Clarence Orr, 40-year employee of Columbia Gas, will be honored at a banquet in Lancaster next month shortly before his retirement.

Bruce Sampson is elected vice-president of the Ohio's FFA Chapters. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Sampson of S. Chestnut.

Miss Sharon Bailey a student at Ohio State and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chaney Bailey, Sandy Ridge, is one of four finalists from Ohio vying for National College Queen honors.

Everyone, everywhere in this area goes on Fast Time Sunday at 2 am.

Bob Link Blaney, 70, well-known lumber dealer of Bethesda, died suddenly at home Wednesday.

Seventy-five Years Ago 1942

Family registration for sugar rationing commences Monday. The first war ration book sign-up will take place at elementary schools.

1,272 men ages 45-65 register in this district for the draft. Registrants are not in line for military service but face industry call.

Palace Bowling Alley owner, James J. Nickles, 65, is one of the registrants. This is the sixth time he's registered for the draft, four times in his native Greece and twice here.

Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin O. McMichaels are remembered in a Sunday tribute at the Bethel AME Church. Speakers included Rev. A.R. Jackson, John D. Kirk, Miss Lola Crawford as well as former AME pastor Rev. J.B. Stanton now of Smithfield and two Wilberforce University graduates.

Barnesville has been designated as a "notification center" in case of raids according to local Civilian Defense Council head I.A. Wright. Barnesville will, in turn, notify Woodsfield, Bethesda, Belmont, Somerton, Morristown and Hendrysburg.

Mrs. Daisy McEndree, 59, succumbs to burns suffered while burning brush at her farm south of town.

A petition signed by 53 downtown businesses urges the town council not to vote to close Barnesville Livestock.

One Hundred Years Ago 1917

From the Whetstone

Following closely upon the heels of Governor Cox's call for a mobilization of Ohio's food resources, L.J. Taber of this place, master of the Ohio Grange, is calling upon the 75,000 farmers in the state to utilize every effort to increase food production this year. Taber urged 800 local Granges in the state to call meetings at once related to the challenge.

The Whestone opines, "Be a potato patriot, get behind the flag with a hoe."

Mantz's 10-cent loaf of bread does not mean an increase in price. It means that a 10-cent loaf contains more material than 5-cent loaves and requires half the labor to handle. It is cheaper.

Harry Foreman of Steubenville, and Harold Foreman and wife of Pittsburgh, visited their parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.S. Foreman on North Chestnut Street this past week.

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Bruce Yarnall may be reached at: bruce.yarnall@outlook.com