Ten Years Ago – 2003
In discussing the failure to get voter approval for an income tax levy, Barnesville Board of Education members consider placing another levy on the ballot. The district is facing a $1.5 million deficit this fiscal year and up to $8 million over the next five years.    
Official “ribbon cutting” ceremonies mark the opening of Karen’s Art and Craft Store at 119 W. Main Street. Karen Deliman is owner/operator of the business.
Jean Davies recounts the history of the Barnesville Masonic Temple at 160 E. Main Street. The local lodge has decided to sell the building, their home since 1890, as they consider building a new structure at Sycamore and S. Chestnut.  
Rev. Dana A. Shuinko, 57, associate pastor of the Bethesda Church of the Nazarene, died Monday at the local hospital.
Anna “May” Davidson, 82, of Londonderry died Friday at her home. She, her late husband and her grandson entertained at area festivals as Davidson Dulcimers. She also published a local history book “Londonderry and Skull Fork Memories” and compiled histories of Madison High School, Madison Township, Fairview, The Pennyroyal Reunion and Oxford Township.   
Twenty-five Year Ago – 1988
Local resident Joe Christie is appointed to Barnesville Police force. He will serve the customary 6 months probationary period.
Barnesville native John G. Kennard, son of Pauline Kennard of Bond Avenue, is promoted to the position of economic development manager for the Ohio Power Company’s general office in Canton.
The Barnesville Elks will conduct their annual Memorial Service Sunday to remember members who have died in the past year.
A profile for National Home Care Week features Bethesda couple Harper and Clara Murphy who are able remain in their home thanks to Barnesville Hospital’s Home Health Program.  
The 42-voice Barnesville Community Choir, under the direction of Mrs. Nancy Wildman, is preparing for its annual holiday concert December 11 at the First United Methodist Church.

Fifty Years Ago – 1963
Barnesville mourns the death of President Kennedy as local churches were filled to overflowing this past weekend.
Union Thanksgiving services will take place at the Church of the Nazarene tonight.
November 30 will be the last day for the Tacoma Post Office as Mrs. Jess (Lela) Bailey, postmistress, reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70. With its closing, 21 patrons will lose their present mailing address and the Tacoma cancellation postmark will become a thing of the past. Mrs. Bailey became postmistress on January 1, 1940 after Frank Fogle’s store in which the post office was housed burned down.  Barnesville Route 2 will be the new mailing address for the community.
Mrs. Lois Collins, rural mail carrier since July 1, 1943, was honored this past week by the Post Office Department.  During the past 20 years she has not had a single accountable accident in carrying out her official duties.          
Pomco, Inc. has taken over operation and ownership of the M-K Store at N. Chestnut and E. Church streets.  Stores in Martins Ferry, Tiltonsville, Powhatan, Newcomerstown , Quaker City and Senecaville will change hands over the next several weeks.
The Barnesville and B-B-M Rotary clubs will each sponsor a room in the new wing of the hospital. Each club has pledged $500 for this purpose.
Seventy-five Years Ago – 1938
Through the efforts of Robert Lewis, president of the Barnesville Development Co., an eastern industry employing more than 200 is considering this city as a location for its factory. Cheap gas is the principal reason for the concern’s interest in Barnesville.
The G.C. Murphy Store will double in floor space under an extensive remodeling program which will begin as soon as the year-end inventory is complete. A stairway will be built next to the west wall of the building. Use of the second floor will enable the company to expand many of its departments and add new ones.
The 10th annual homecoming at the Friends Boarding School was held last Saturday. In spite of cold weather and icy roads, a large crowd was in attendance. There was too much snow for the girls’ hockey game but the soccer game as played in the snow.  During the festivities, the new gymnasium at the school was dedicated.
Miss Marjorie Wilkins, a junior at Mt. Union College, was recently honored by election to the national honorary social science fraternity, Pi Gamma Mu. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wilkins of S. Lincoln.
Joseph Bentley Mercer, longtime grocer, who had just retired on August 1, died at the home of his son, Theodore F. Mercer, Saturday evening.
Mrs. Lurentine Hinton of S. Lincoln has secured a temporary restraining order halting further construction of the Barnesville Dairymen’s Association dairy on Mill Street. She contends that the smell, dirt and smoke from the new dairy, 90 feet from her home, will depreciate its value.

One Hundred Years Ago – 1913
From the Whetstone
In the Southern Cemetery where the ladies of the Robert Hilles Relief Corps have maintained a memorial mound for several years, a large concrete foundation has been constructed. We understand the soldiers’ monument which now stands in front of the town building will be moved there as soon as possible. This addition to the already large number of fine monuments to be found there will materially enhance the appearance of that city of the dead.
Mrs. E.T. Petty of W. South Street entertained 12 friends Thursday evening at the Thanksgiving supper given by the ladies of the Methodist Church. After supper the guests went to the Petty home where a delightful social evening was spent.
Mr. Charles Ball recently completed a pretty bungalow on South Lincoln that he and his good wife are now occupying. His father, Mr. W.T. Ball, has in course of erection a similar home on the same street, slightly to the north.
Wanted – Girls to run machines at the shirt factory. Nice clean work at good wages – Harrison Brothers, Barnesville.
   The West Virginia Oil & Gas Co. struck a 175 barrel oil well at Beallsville Monday. Intense excitement reigns in that little town over the largest strike in several years.

Twice Told Tales is compiled by Bruce Yarnall, former general manager of the Barnesville Enterprise. He can be reached at bayarnall@yahoo.com