PERI meeting set 

The Belmont County Chapter 79 of the Public Employee Retirees, Inc., bi-monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 10:30 a.m. at the Belmont County Senior Service Center, 67650 Oakview Drive, St. Clairsville. BCSSC is on SR 40 across from Ohio U Eastern. Andrew Tinkham with the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel will be our guest speaker. They  invite all retired PERS members to attend the meeting and to become a member of PERI, Inc. and the Belmont County PERI Chapter.

School board to meet

The organizational/regular meeting of the Barnesville Exempted Village Board of Education will be Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 5 p.m. in the Middle School Cafetorium to discuss all matters deemed necessary by the board and superintendent.

Square dance set

The Union Local FFA Alumni will be sponsoring a square dance on Saturday, Jan. 18 from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Wise Building on the Belmont County Fairgrounds. Music by Deep Down Country. Admission is $4 and under 5 is free. Concession stand and cake walks also.

Financial statements available 

The Village of Belmont's annual Financial Statements are complete and available at the office of the Fiscal Officer.

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

2020 Chamber events announced

The Barnesville Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the 2020 calendar of events: April 30, Spring Banquet; July 4, Chicken Barbecue; Aug. 6, Super Sidewalk Sale; Sept. 24-27, Barnesville Pumpkin Festival; Dec. 3, Lighting of the Village Christmas Tree; and Dec. 5, Christmas Market and Lighted Christmas Parade. For information, call 740-425-4300, email, or visit

Equipment show planned

The 17th annual Old Construction and Mining Equipment Show will be Sept. 12-13, 2020, on Ohio 519 (43672 Stumptown Road), between New Athens and U.S. Route 22. Just over one mile west of New Athens. Plans are to have two shows a year starting in 2021.

Community Expo set

Plans are being made for a Belmont County Tourism Community Expo set for Saturday, April 4 in the Ohio Valley Mall. The expo will highlight all the unique things that Belmont County has to offer in every community including attractions, museums, events, non-profit organizations, education, economic development organizations, park districts, venues, and locally owned businesses. For information, call 740-695-4359.