BEALLSVILLE - There may not be as many service stations or stores as in past decades, but Beallsville still is a nice place to live.
Just ask Ruth Thornberry, who has lived in the village for more than 60 years. She has also served on Village Council for more than 30 years.
"It's peaceful. It's a nice little town with friendly people," said Thornberry, 85. "It's home to me."
The Beallsville United Methodist Church is one of two churches located in the village.
Photo by Shelley Hanson
Thornberry and her late husband, Hollis, raised their four sons in Beallsville. As a councilwoman, Thornberry has seen mostly ups in terms of the village's finances. But she noted it is becoming more difficult to find grant funding to pave village streets.
In addition to the peaceful atmosphere, the village's 400 or so residents enjoy using the Beallsville Veterans Memorial Community Park. Located along Ohio 145 near the village, the park boasts two ballfields, a picnic shelter, playground and a small fishing pond all on 66 acres, according to information from monroecountyohio.net. According to the Ohio Historical Society, Beallsville was established sometime during the 1800s in Monroe County.
Thornberry noted a new K-12 school for Beallsville recently was built and is part of the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District. While she is impressed with the new structure, she hopes the district's finances will soon improve. The district has a 6.44-mill, five-year levy that would generate about $2.5 million to help the district avoid a budget deficit on the May 7 ballot.
Beallsville also is home to a Methodist and a Christian church. A convenience store serves as the village's grocery store. It also sells gasoline. In the downtown area, the village also is home to the Beallsville Diner and the Never Enough Thyme gift shop.
"Awhile back we had to go to Malaga to buy gas," Thornberry added.