Read it Again: Week of Aug. 2, 2001.

80 years ago this week. Belmont County leads the state in production of coal, having mined 10.9 million tons in 1920. Athens County was second and Jefferson County, third.

Following a fire by lightning that destroyed the horse barns at the Ohio state prison farm near London, a second fire destroyed the cattle barns, creamery and silo. The loss is estimated at $75,000.

50 years ago this week. John Beardsley, Greenford, won the Mahoning County tractor rodeo and will represent the county at the Ohio State Fair contest. Rounding out the top five county winners are: Jay Withers, Petersburg; Donald Felger, Canfield; Donald Ewing, Austintown; and Robert Withers, Canfield.

Galen Greenisen, president of the Columbiana County Agricultural Society, reports the $8,000 new 4-H club exhibit building at the Columbiana County Fairgrounds will be completed prior to Sept. 11, the first day of the county fair.

25 years ago this week. Amy Van Meter’s grand champion steer at the Carroll County Fair brought $1.25 a pound; Danny McKarns’ reserve champion sold for 69 cents. Reigning over the fair was Fair Queen Marcy Seich.

Ohio’s prison population has reached an all-time high at 12,149 inmates, surpassing the previous record of 12,024 set in April 1965.

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