A number of men with Barnesville connections have earned winning honors recently.
Most recent honoree is former Barnesville resident, Charles McLeish, a retired Ohio State Highway Patrol retiree and now auctioneer. He was named Grand Marshal of the Washington County Fair Parade on Sept. 2. A story by Janelle Patterson is in the Marietta Times said "Kicking off the festivities will be Charlie McLeish, 83, of Reno, as the parade marshal of the Washington County Fair Saturday morning (Sept. 2)." "It’s a tremendous honor to be asked," said McLeish, who was selected for the service he has provided as an auctioneer to the county fair but also to the Barlow and Waterford fairs over the years. "We do these things, not looking for any reward, we just want to support the community and especially the youth and organizations that care and are trying to raise money."
Two former Barnesville residents have received honors. Tom Harp and Roger Sowers were both inducted into the OVAC Hall of Fame in August. Sowers was inducted into the Officiating category, and Harp in the Legends division. The following week, Harp was also inducted into the Hall of Fame at Carrollton High School, where he began his outstanding coaching career.
Matt Johnson, former football and new BHS basketball coach, received the Skinner "Second Mile" award, given to a Barnesville school district teacher who goes far beyond regular requirements in educating his or her students. Dick Skinner presents this annual $1,500 award in memory of his brother, George Skinner, and his aunt, Lela Skinner Bailey, both teachers. Johnson continues going the Second Mild by using the award to purchase an iPad for use at school and money to give to the culinary department to furnish a Thanksgiving meal for all of his students.
Todd Skinner took top honors and set a new record with his 1,621 pound pumpkin. This was some 600 pounds heavier than the previous record. But, he still has two giants growing and ready for competition. Tonight is the traditional Wednesday evening weigh-in event and one of those two will be competing for Barnesville Pumpkin Festival’s King Pumpkin. Will Todd have another winner?
Jeanealities is compiled by Jean Palmer Davies, lifetime Barnesville Enterprise associate.