OFTEN FRIENDS who no longer live in their hometown, but still have fond memories and an interest in it, will phone and ask, "What's new in Barnesville?" Although no longer very active in what's going on, my involvements are limited to the Watt Center, Depot, Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club, and church. Barnesville High School sports are of interest and I listen to as many games as possible, but my failing vision keeps me from attending games. If you would call me today, I'd tell you what all I learned last week.

ON MONDAY the 9th, Kiwanians learned about Scott Whitacre's music career as a performer and teacher of guitar at Neal Studio of Music. The following day, the Depot Committee met and re-elected the current officers and discussed many plans for the July 8 celebration of the Depot's 100th anniversary. (See the article in this week's edition for more information).

ON MARCH 12 at the Barnesville Area Chamber of Commerce monthly lunch meeting, hosted by Harvey Goodman Realty and held at the Christian Church's New Life Center, John Sambuco outlined the expansion and diverse interests of their business.The meeting was highlighted by Doc Householder announcing his retirement as head of the Belmont County Tourism Council after serving in that position for 28 years. (See the article on Page A1). Also announced that the meeting, was a treatment center for persons with drug addictions which was recently established here. (Also featured on A1).

WEDNESDAY EVENING the Watt Center group met and set dates for the Elementary School Art Fair, April 18 and 19 for students and April 23 for the public. (See Page A7). Dave Adair, the amazing railroad historian who has given several programs here at the Depot, and his colleague, gave a slide show made from many glass plates from the Watt Center archives. They will present a show on mining in the area years ago at the Watt Center in August. On a personal note, a visitor at the meeting, Ernie Hartley from Placerville, Ca. who attended Olney Friends School with John and Wanda Rockwell, recounted an incident close to my heart. He told of reading to a blind woman, Alberta, at the Walton Home and was amazed at her keen interest in world affairs as he read Time magazine to her. I knew exactly to whom he was referring and corrected the name. It was my grandmother Berta Cless, who spent her last days at this retirement home

WITH A FRIDAY deadline, I could go no farther in telling what little I knew that would be my reply to "What's new?"

jeanealities is compiled by Jean Palmer Davies, lifetime Barnesville Enterprise associate, She may be reached at jeandavies!@comcast.net.