May 6
Annual 3 C Cancer Support Group Walk held in honor of Rick McCracken
Cathryn Stanley/Barnesville Enterprise
The family of Rick McCracken cuts the ribbon to start the annual 3 C Cancer Support Group Walk held at Barnesville Memorial Park on Saturday, May 2.

Petition to protect Slope Creek Reservoir presented to state officials
COLUMBUS — On Friday, May 1, 2015, Concerned Barnesville Area Residents (CBAR) member Jill Hunkler hand delivered letters, with complete sets of the “Petition to Protect Barnesville’s Water Supply” containing over 2,300 signatures, to Governor John Kasich, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director James Zehringer, ODNR Division of Oil and Gas Chief Rick Simmers, and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director Craig Butler, asking their help in protecting Barnesville’s water supply from risks associated with shale gas development.
This is the same petition that was sent to Gulfport Energy Corporation in December 2014. The impetus for the petition grew from residents’ concerns on learning that Gulfport Energy had plans to place multiple well pads as close as 500 feet from Slope Creek Reservoir. To date, CBAR has received no formal reply from Gulfport.

Barnesville Chamber of Commerce honors Pumpkin Festival Committee, Neal and Stanley at annual banquet
On Thursday, April 30th the Barnesville Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Community Spring Banquet. The Community Service award went to the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival Committee.
Employee of the Year, and it went to Cathryn Stanley, editor of the Barnesville Enterprise newspaper.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Millard Neal, founder of the Neal Studio of Music in Barnesville. Neal has been a performer for over 60 years and has taught for many years in the area. Neal has shared his talents both on a local and nation level. He’s been a concert pianist, a teacher, and even an organist for a circus. Neal’s most recent achievement was getting his doctorate from the College - Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati on May 1st, just one day after the banquet.

May 13
Phase I of Barnesville Hospital Emergency Department unveiled
The dream of the late Barnesville Hospital CEO Rick Doan will come to fruition next week when a portion of the new Emergency Department opens for patients on Tuesday, May 19.
Doan was present for the ground breaking of the project almost a year to the date of the May 19 opening.
“It is so exciting to see and I so wish Rick could have seen it,” said Peggy Douglass, Director of Education and Outreach.
On Friday, May 8 the media was given a tour of Phase I of the $3.5 million renovation and expansion project. Douglass said the project is 75 percent complete and the emergency room will operate in the new space while the old space is renovated, necessitating a temporary relocation of the ER entrance. That renovation is expected to be complete in September.

Council discusses increase in e-squad coverage, pay
A request for a special meeting (later clarified as a work session) by Barnesville Village Councilman Scott Gallagher to discuss a recommendation from the Safety Committee to increase wages for the village’s Emergency Medical Squad, also led to a discussion among council regarding adding a shift to the EMS so that Barnesville will have 24-hour service without relying upon the Bethesda squad for coverage.

Economic impact shale  development on the rise
COLUMBUS– Bricker & Eckler LLP last week published the fourth edition of its “Shale Economic Development Overview – Spring 2015,” a report detailing more than $28 billion in investments in Ohio as a direct result of shale development. This represents a 40% increase in the total investments since the Fall of 2014.

May 20
Commissioner Favede updates Rotary Club on County projects
Belmont County Commissioner Ginny Favede spoke to members of the Barnesville Rotary Club on Tuesday, May 12, giving them an update on the many development activities in the county ranging from tourism to gas and oil activity.
“This is a fabulous time in the county,” Favede said. “A lot of things are going well.”
Favede said Belmont County’s current success is a direct result of its past struggles.

Robinson hired as director of Utica Shale-Academy Belmont
At a Tuesday, May 12 special meeting of the Barnesville Exempted Village School District Board of Education, veteran teacher Jerry Robinson was hired as director/teacher of the  Utica Shale Academy-Belmont, effective at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year. Applications are now being accepted for the Utica Shale Academy - Belmont which will be operating out of Barnesville High School.  

May 27
Barnesville Council OK’s EMS pay raise, two additional, 8-hour shifts
At its Monday, May 18 meeting, Barnesville Village Council authorized two additional eight-hour shifts for the Emergency Medical Squad, as well as a dollar per hour raise for all EMS personnel and increases in compensation for Fire Department Chief Bob Smith and Assistant Fire Chief and E-Squad Coordinator Tim Hall. With the passage of Ordinance 3696, the fire chiefs salary is set at $16,939 per year and the assistant chief’s is $6,864 per year.

BEVSD treasurer Matt King receives OASBO award
At the Thursday, May 21 meeting of the Barnesville Exempted Village School District Board of Education, District Treasurer Matt King was presented with the Ohio Association of School Business Officials Regional Distinguished Service Award by Southeast Region Executive Director David Butler. Butler said OASBO has 230 members state wide.

Bricker & Eckler celebrates opening of new Barnesville location, makes $5,000 donation to hospital ER
Bricker & Eckler LLP  unveiled the firm’s newest location in Ohio with a ribbon cutting and open house at 160 E. Main St. in Barnesville on Tuesday, May 19.
“Barnesville and the surrounding region is poised for tremendous growth,” said Kurt Tunnell,  Bricker’s managing partner. “That growth comes with both opportunity and challenge, and although our bricks and mortar office is new to Barnesville, we’ve been working with clients in the Ohio Valley region for more than a quarter of a century, and we believe we can be helpful in making sure that regional growth is sustained for the long term.”

June 3
Beallsville High School to remain open another year
On what might have been their last day of school, students at Beallsville High School received the welcome news that they will be returning as Blue Devils, at least for the 2015-16 school year.
On Thursday, May 28th, Monroe County Common Pleas Judge Julie Selmon ruled in favor of the Beallsville Keystone Committee, ordering the Switzerland of Ohio Board of Education to keep the school open for another year.

June 10
Astoria Place of Barnesville is new name of BHCC
Barnesville Health Care Center is now known as Astoria Place of Barnesville. Along with the facility name change we would like to introduce Heather Caskey, LNHA as the Administrator. She comes to us with a long history with skilled nursing facilities and has been recognized for her excellent leadership qualities, community involvement, management skills, and outstanding relations with both residents and their families. Astoria Place welcomes you to stop by the facility to meet our team and tour anytime. We will be hosting an event at the facility at a later date.

June 17
Village’s Deal appointed to O.P.W.C. positions
Barnesville Village Administrator Roger A. Deal was recently appointed to the Executive Committee of District 18 Ohio Public Works Commission (O.P.W.C.) by the Integrating Committee at a recent meeting hosted by Buckeye Hills Development District in Marietta, Ohio. He was also appointed to serve as the Vice Chairman of the Small Governments Committee and a member of the Integrating Committee.

June 24
A fire occurred in the upstairs of a house on Boradway Street .
Barnesville Village Council approved the demolition of the old water department building behind the fire station at its June 15 meeting.
The Barnesville Exempted Village School District Board of Education recognized Bridget Brooks, preschool intervention specialist, for receiving a Celebrate Teaching Distinguished Educator Award for 2015.

July 1
Legion Riders bring Barnesville soldier home for visit before his third deployment
Cathryn Stanley/Barnesville Enterprise
Above: Staff Sergeant Ryan Abel, dressed in his U.S. Air Force fatigues,  arrives at the Barnesville Legion Post 168 in the back of a pickup truck with an American flag waving behind him. The Legion Riders arranged Abel’s flight from Fort Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Washington where he is stationed, and escorted him to the Legion, all to surprise his mother, Mary McCammon (right) who works there.

July 8
Groups address council regarding Barnesville’s Source Water Protection Plan
At its Monday, June 29 meeting, Barnesville Village Council was addressed by representatives of two local groups concerned about the impact of fracking in the area, specifically on the village’s water supply, and requesting that the village include language in a Source Water Protection Plan being developed by the village with guidance from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and input from those two groups, asking Gulfport Energy to locate well pads outside of the village’s reservoirs in the Slope Creek area.
Representing the Captina Conservancy and the Concerned Barnesville Area Residents, Conservancy President Rich Sidwell read a statement addressed to the members of Barnesville Village Council and signed by himself, John Morgan and Ron Preston.

July 15
Hilliard, Smith inducted into 2015 BAEF Hall of Fame
The Barnesville Area Education Foundation inducted John O. “Jeep” Smith and David Hilliard into the Hall of Fame for 2015 at the Barnesville High School Alumni Banquet on July 11 in the cafeteria on the campus of Barnesville High School.
David J. Hilliard graduated from Barnesville High School in 1966. He currently resides in Littleton, Colorado with his wife Cynthia.   
John “Jeep” Smith graduated from Barnesville High School in 1957. He currently resides with his wife, Anne, in Diablo, California.

Hinshaw takes helm at Olney Friends School
Charlie Szumilas retiring after four years of service
A new leader took the helm at Olney Friends School on July 1.
The Board of Trustees selected Ken Hinshaw to succeed retiring Head of School Charles F. Szumilas. Hinshaw has been working on campus for several months to help ensure a smooth transition of leadership.
The 1974 graduate of Olney and native of Barnesville brings extensive experience as an educator and a leader, as well as a deep, multi-generational connection to the Olney community. Hinshaw’s headship at Olney will continue a long family tradition of attending and serving the school.

July 22
Barnesville WWII vet gets replacement Bronze Star after brother learns he buried it with deceased son
A local World War II veteran, John Anderson, 91 of Barnesville, recently received a Bronze Star Medal to replace the one he earned in 1944 in France. Anderson had buried his medal with his son, Bruce who died in 1963 at the age of nine in a tractor accident. “He always admired my Bronze Star, so I put it in his casket,” John recalled.

July 29
New emergency department lobby to be named in memory of Howard G. Lemasters
Community service was a driving force in Howard Lemasters’ life and that same dedication to assisting others continues. Barnesville Hospital is extremely pleased to announce Theresa Lemasters has named the new Emergency Department Lobby in memory of Howard.
“This is such a deserving recognition for Howard,” said John Rataiczak, Co-Chair, Barnesville Hospital’s Now is the Time Campaign for a new Emergency Department. “Howard was a true community servant and he actively looked for ways to give back to his community. I think he would be very pleased. Our heartfelt thanks go out to Theresa for choosing such a meaningful way to remember Howard. ”

August 5
Council approves 24-hr. EMS coverage during 147 closure
At its Monday, July 27th meeting, Barnesville Village Council approved Assistant Fire Chief and EMS Coordinator Tim Hall’s request to increase EMS coverage to 24-hours, seven days a week during the closure of State Route 147 East between Barnesville and Bethesda for an Ohio Department of Transportation bridge replacement project. Hall said it should be no more than two weeks before the road is open to emergency personnel enabling Bethesda EMS to once again assist Barnesville EMS with hospital transports. As soon as the road is open  to them, the squad would go back to its original schedule.

Auditor deems Barnesville financial records ‘unauditable’; Wheeling firm hired by village
Incomplete records prompted Auditor of State Dave Yost to place the Village of Barnesville (Belmont County) on the “unauditable” list.
“Poorly kept books create a lack of accountability,” Auditor Yost said. “The Village of Barnesville must bring its records back to an auditable condition.”
During the course of the regular financial audit of the Village of Barnesville for the period January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2014, the Auditor of State’s office determined that the condition of the village’s financial records was not adequate to complete the audit. In a letter to the village, the Auditor of State’s office provided a list of records required to complete the audit.
Barnesville Mayor Dale Bunting said village officials have been aware of the issue for the last eight months and “have been working dilligently to correct the situation.”

August 12
Barnesville High School Class of 1960 Supports Barnesville Hospital Emergency Department Project
The Barnesville High School Class of 1960 did more than attend their reunion and enjoy reconnecting with their classmates. They also looked for a way to make a difference. Representatives of the Barnesville High School Reunion Committee, Class of 1960, consisting of Marjorie Jones, Tim Parkinson and Susan Hoover, presented a check of over $1,000 for their class gift to John Rataiczak and John Cheffy, Barnesville Hospital Emergency Department Campaign Co-Chairs. The class gift will be for the Emergency Department expansion and renovation project.

August 19
Barnesville Hospital unveils naming of Richard L. Doan Emergency Department
Rick Doan dedicated his life to ensuring quality, accessible healthcare was available for all area residents.  He successfully guided Barnesville Hospital through times of significant change and unprecedented challenges. His vision and foresight established a course for a solid future for Barnesville Hospital. Rick understood the trials of operating a small hospital in a rural community and he also knew how important it was to continually upgrade and improve the facility and services offered. A new Emergency Department was his dream and he continually worked to make it a reality. It is with great pride the Barnesville Hospital Board of Trustees has named the new Emergency Department “The Richard L. Doan Emergency Department.”
Rick passed away on February 26, 2015 at the age of 55. He had retired as Barnesville Hospital Administrator and Chief Executive Officer in 2012, after 25 years of service, making him one of Ohio’s longest serving hospital CEOs. Upon his retirement as CEO, Rick served on the Barnesville Hospital Board of Trustees.

August 26
Z+passes to be implemented in Barnesville schools
Something new that the Barnesville Exempted Village School District plans to implement this year are ZPasses and ZPass+. ZPasses are cards that students will be issued near the beginning of the school year. When students get on or off of the bus they will tap their ZPass on a machine on the bus. This will record their location and provide the school with new data regarding the bus routes. ZPass+ is basically a website that will allow parents to see their child’s location based on the child’s ZPass. This will make for quicker notification if a bus leaves ahead or behind schedule.

UL BOE holds meeting at Back to School Fair
Amidst the annual Back to School Fair, the Union Local School District Board of Education held its August meeting.
Paul Mock, Regional Director of the Southeast Region of the Ohio School Boards Association, addressed the board, noting that it was the first outdoor board meeting he had ever attended.
“Best wished for a great school year,” Mock said.
He introduced Mike Fador, a St. Clairsville School Board member who is the Belmont County OSBA Southeast Region representative. Fador presented board member Ed Stenger with a certificate in recognition of 10 years of service on the board.

Belmont College showcases new Health Sciences Center
St. Clairsville– Belmont College is pleased to announce that their Health Sciences Center is now open and ready for fall semester classes. The new building is now home to all Belmont College Nursing and Health Science programs.