Annual Captina Creek photo contest theme released

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District invites you to enter its 7th annual Captina Creek Photo Contest! The theme for this year’s contest is "Hidden Treasures." What secret gems has Captina Creek revealed to you? A cabin deep in the hollow? The perfect spot that reveals a brilliant view of the world underneath the water? Entries can be photographed anywhere in the Captina Creek Watershed, and will be judged by content, quality and creativity. Limit three (3) entries per person. First prize will be $50 cash. Second prize is $25 cash. Third prize is $15 cash. All winners will receive one ticket to the Soil and Water annual banquet, featuring Freshwater Farm to Chef catering. Entries will be accepted through Sept. 7. All photos must be accompanied by an entry form. Entry forms are available at or can be picked up at the Belmont SWCD office located at 130 W. Main St., St. Clairsville, OH 43950.

Second annual Miles for the Mission 5K Run/Walk set

The Second annual Miles for the Mission 5K Run/Walk is set for Saturday, Sept. 1 at 8:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 94 Shady Lane, Barnesville. All proceeds from the race go to support Short term missions and local outreach projects. This race has everything! A challenging course, unique awards, awesome door prizes, and volunteers who will encourage you every step of the way! Applications: available for download at A $20 pre-registered (deadline, postmarked by Aug. 18) $25 after Aug. 18 and on race day. All pre registered entries will receive a T-shirt. Extra shirts will be available on race day on a first-come, first-serve basis. Participants will meet at the First Baptist Church. From there, walk a short distance to the old Flower Gardens building where the race will begin and end. After the race, all participants are invited back to First Baptist Church for unique awards, prizes, and homemade food prepared by the fellowship committee.

August Genealogy Society meeting set

The Belmont County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will have its monthly meeting and picnic on Sunday, Aug. 12, social hour at 2 p.m., eat at 3 p.m. at Stillwater Friends Meeting House, 61830 Sandy Ridge Road, intersection of Roosevelt Road and Sandy Ridge Road, Barnesville. Reservation for picnic in by Aug. 5. Meat will be furnished, bring your cover dishes to share along with drinks and chairs. They have invited other Genealogical Society groups to join them. Come share in the fellowship and learn about these active organizations. The program will be Marie Bundy talking about Quaker history and the book she has written about area’s family around here. Meeting is free and open to the public; you do not have to be a member. Come join in the excitement of finding information about your family’s history. Go to our website on Facebook to see pictures and event of Belmont County Chapter, Ohio Genealogy Society’s or E-mail: Belmont County Chapter–OGS; Website: http://? Any question or comments: email Belmont County Chapter–OGS; Sandy Saffield 740-425-1760, email; Ellen Brown 740-425-1509, email; Marie Bundy 740-425-2623, email

Genealogy workshop planned for CTGS meeting

Cumberland Trail Genealogical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 13 in the St. Clairsville Public Library’s meeting room, 108 W. Main St., St. Clairsville. Following a brief business meeting, the program will be another of CTGS’s genealogy workshops. The guest speaker will be Information Services Librarian Preston Tedrick. Tedrick will be instructing us on how to access and use the library’s two new genealogy research databases to find our family history. These databases are African American Heritage which provides resources geared to African American genealogy and Fold 3 which provides military records from the Revolutionary War to World War II. Ancestry and HeritageQuest will also be covered if time permits. All CTGS meetings are free and opened to the public.

Barkcamp activities planned

The following activities are planned at Barkcamp State Park in Belmont:

On Friday, Aug. 10 Nature Photography will take place at 5 p.m. Bring a camera as we wander through nature and capture its beauty. Meet at the Antique Barn. Become a Naturalist at 7 p.m. Nature programs of various topics are offered to all ages at the Antique Barn.

On Saturday, Aug. 11 Fishing Fun will take place at 4 p.m. Learn about casting, knot tying, rigging and proper fish handling. Bring your own pole or use one of ours. Meet at the fishing area across from the boat ramp. Children under the age of 16 do not need a fishing license.

Become a Naturalist at 7 p.m. Nature programs of various topics offered to all ages at the Antique Barn.

Movie Night is at 9 p.m. Join us at the Amphitheater for this family favorite.

On Sunday, Aug. 12 Hawthorne Hike will take place at 10 a.m. Discover the secrets of the forest on this easy 60 minute hike. Meet at the trailhead and wear your hiking shoes.

Visit the Antique Barn from Noon to 2 p.m. The barn stands as a museum of yesteryear. Stroll through the barn to learn its history and some of Belmont County’s colorful past.

To learn more, call 740-484-4064 or visit

Belmont SWCD board meetings set

Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District announces the following board meeting dates for 2018: Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, Dec. 10. Meetings will be held at 101 Market St., St. Clairsville, at 6 p.m. The meetings areopen to the public.