The Barnesville Enterprise, the only remaining weekly newspaper in Belmont County, has been publishing for 150 years.
And the woman best known for her work with the paper–Jean Davies–was given a lifetime achievement award.
Davies and her late husband, Bill, were well-known for their tireless work at the paper.
Jean said while she was in college, her father, Ray Palmer, bought the newspaper and told her she could have a career there if she wanted it.
“He said, ‘You have a place here if you want to come back. You’ll never be rich but the rewards will be great.’ ” Jean recalled. “And I’ll tell you, today I feel like the richest woman in the world.”
“She was multi-tasking before we even talked about it,” said Pamela McCort, former managing editor. “She truly is a prime example of what a belief turned into action can do. She believes strongly in community service, and I think you see evidence of that all around you in Barnesville because of Jean’s influence.”
“I had the honor to present to her the lifetime achievement award on behalf of the Barnesville Area Chamber of Commerce,” said John Rataiczak. “I had a very unique perspective, seeing everyone leap to their feet to give her a standing ovation for everything that she’s done.”
Jean and Bill Davies joined the Barnesville Enterprise family in 1950.
They supported the school system, park, baseball fields, library, airport, hospital and reservoir as well as historic preservation projects.
Jean retired in 1991, but continues to be active in journalistic endeavors with the Enterprise.
She said it’s the Enterprise that should have gotten the lifetime achievement award.