Christmas tours set

The Belmont County Victorian Mansion Museum, 532 N. Chestnut St., Barnesville, hosts the annual tours in this elegant, 26-room mansion spectacularly decorated for the holidays. The museum will be open for tours each weekend through Dec. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. and by appointment only after Dec. 23 through Jan. 6.

Township meetings set

Somerset Township will have its 2019 year end meeting on Monday, Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. The 2020 reorganizational meeting will take place on Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. Both meetings will be held at the Somerset Township building. The public is invited to attend.

Bethesda council meeting set

The Village of Bethesda will be having a special meeting on Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. for the reason of discussion of police personnel and community discussion. The December regular meeting will be held on Monday, Dec. 30 at 7:30 p.m., where they will conduct the regular monthly business.

School board meeting

The Barnesville Exempted Village School District’s Board of Education will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7 a.m. in the Central Office to discuss all matters deemed necessary by the board and superintendent. 

Hats, mittens/gloves and food being collected

Help keep fingers warm this Christmas as the Barnesville Hutton Memorial Library once again sponsors "A Mitten Tree." Along with the mittens, the library will also be collecting non-perishable foods. Last year, scarves and toboggans also adorned the tree. The library staff invites everyone to stop by and donate a pair of gloves, mittens, scarves, toboggans or non-expired food to help others through the cold winter months.

Candle Lighting Service set

The Batesville United Methodist Church will be having a Candle Lighting Service on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. The service will be followed by light refreshments and fellowship. The church is located on State Route 513 in Batesville. For questions, call 740-679-2608.

Blue Star Banner available

The Blue Star Banner is available to any Barnesville area family of a serviceman or servicewoman serving in any branch of the military, including the National Guard (active or reserve). A banner will be dedicated to the family and then placed in their window for the service member. For information or to have a ceremony, call 740-238-2137.

Coin club meets

The Barnesville Coin Club meets the third Sunday of every month, except December. The meetings are open to the public and are located at 229 E. Main St., Barnesville.

2020 Chamber meeting dates and locations announced

The Barnesville Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the 2020 meeting dates and locations: Jan. 8 at noon, Whitesides of St. Clairsville at New Life Center, 219 W. Church St.; Feb. 12 at noon, Sonotone at Johnson Pottery, 118 E. Main St.; March 11 at 7:30 a.m., Walton Home, 1254 E. Main St.; April 9 at noon, Shaheen Law Group in the Youth Center, 130 Fair St.; May 13 at 7:30 a.m., Barnesville Hospital, 639 W. Main St.; June 10 at noon, Hughes Office Equipment at the Youth Center, 130 Fair St.; July 8 at noon, Woodsfield Savings at the Youth Center, 130 Fair St.; Aug. 12 at noon, Ohio Hills Health Services in the New Life Center, 210 W. Church St.; Sept. 9 at noon, Sulek and Dutton in the Youth Center, 130 Fair St.; Oct. 14 at noon in the Steele Insurance in the Youth Center, 130 Fair St.; Nov. 11 on noon, Astoria Place, 400 Carrie Ave.; and Dec. 8 at 11:30 a.m., Emerald Pointe, 100 Michelli St. For information, call 740-425-4300, email, or visit