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Newport’s ‘Jewel’

Future of Barker home still unsettled

March 25, 2014

NEWPORT —Local concern for the future of the historic Judge Joseph Barker Jr. House has spurred the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to mothball the property in hopes of ultimately selling the hom....

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Mar-25-14 1:55 PM

Newport's Jewel? YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING!!!!! This place is disgraceful and a total eyesore! Has been for years! The place needs to be demolished! When all this property was taken over by the government it was stated that all kinds of "nice stuff" would be put there-NOT! It is grown up and has been turned into a dump! Supposedly there is not allowed to be any trespassing on the property but all one has to do is look at the south end of the 4 lane highway and see where all the "Beagle Boys" have driven their pickups off the four lane and made their own rutted-up road. Beagles are "run" over there all the time and the rest of the neighbors have to deal with the constant noise and dogs that are left behind to fend for themselves IF they are not smeared on the road! OR if you have time, take a tour of the rutted off road they have created to the river where you will find left behind cans, trash, grills, barrels, ******s, paper and assorted other garb

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Mar-25-14 10:08 AM

Kind of like the Amory when the National Guard allowed Marietta to buy it back from the state.

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Mar-25-14 6:34 AM

"It's been in a state of disrepair for some time

So another property left to rot and now they want to save pit, it needs to be razed...

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Mar-25-14 6:34 AM

Not hardly Newport's jewel. If you want that, look at a couple of other locations actually in Newport. Exactly what history is being preserved? Most people only remember this as the Hensler house or the Corps' construction office. It was falling in and an eyesore when I worked there 40 years ago, and it hasn't improved. The area would benefit more from a fishing/recreation area in this location than from giving this money pit a meaningless makeover.

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