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College and Career Nite to be held at Vinton County High School

November 15, 2015

Parents or Guardians of students in grades 9-12 are invited to attend the College & Career Nite at Vinton County High School on Tuesday, November 24th, starting at 3:30 pm.

For convenience, this event is being held in conjunction with Parent Teacher Conferences so parents/guardians and their students will be able to take advantage of both events.

This is an excellent time for students and their parents/guardians to find out about the many educational and training options available in our area, including short term career training for jobs in high demand. It’s never too soon to start planning; that’s why it’s just as important for Freshmen and Sophomores to learn how to prepare for what they want to do as it is for upperclassmen to do so.

Reps from our local colleges, careers centers, and the military will be at Vinton County High School to share information about their programs, majors, and admission requirements. A financial aid representative will also be available to answer questions about grants, scholarships, etc., no matter what type of higher education the student might be interested in.

Information about the new College Credit Plus Program may be picked up, and college reps will be available to about admission requirements for high school students who wish to take college courses through this option.

Nurses from the Vinton County Health Department will also be on hand to offer flu shots ($25 each, or billable through Medicare, Medicaid, or United Health Care), blood pressure checks, and health information.

The College & Career Nite will take place from 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm, so if you want to talk with any of these reps, please come during those hours.  Parent Teacher Conferences will continue until 8:30 pm.

Parents and guardians are encouraged not to miss this opportunity to help their students plan for their future. If anyone has questions, they can contact Kellie Abele at the high school at 740-596-5258.

Two Florida men apprehended after high-speed chase

November 15, 2015

JACKSON – Two Florida men were apprehended after a high-speed chase Sunday afternoon.

According to a report from the Jackson Post of State Highway Patrol, the incident took place at 2:50 p.m.

According to the report, troopers from the post attempted to stop a vehicle on State Route 32 in Jackson County for a traffic offense when the driver failed to pull over. The driver allegedly led troopers on a high-speed pursuit that covered nearly 30 miles in a Cadillac sedan. The chase ended when the vehicle drove up an embankment and stopped on Buckeye Hills Road in Gallia County. The driver and passenger allegedly fled the vehicle on foot and were immediately apprehended next to Route 35 without further incident.


The driver was identified as Andrew Bryan, 33, of Florida and the passenger was James Nelson, 21, also of Florida. Nelson sustained minor injuries to his hand as he allegedly attempted to jump a barbed wire fence and Bryan was uninjured. Both were evaluated by EMS personnel on scene.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Rio Grande Police Department assisted in the pursuit. The cooperation among agencies ultimately led to the successful capture of both individuals.

The driver had a felony warrant out of Florida for felonious assault with a weapon specification and will be extradited back to Florida once he meets his obligations in Jackson County, Ohio for the patrol’s felony fleeing and eluding charges.

McArthur VFW to hold all-you-can-eat fish fry

November 13, 2015

McArthur VFW Post 5299 will hold an all-you-can-eat fish fry on November 13 at the VFW located at 401 Veterans Memorial Drive in McArthur from 5-6:30 p.m. The cost is $8 with a drink and a dessert included. Both dine-in and take-out options will be available. Proceeds will be used for services to veterans.

Vinton SWCD announces local work group meeting

November 13, 2015

The Vinton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will conduct a Local Work Group (LWG) meeting on November 20, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. to identify resource concerns, discuss conservation priorities, and develop potential solutions.

The meeting will take place at the Vinton SWCD office, 31935 State Route 93, McArthur, Ohio, 45651.

While Local Work Group membership is limited to Federal, State, county, tribal, or local government representatives who are familiar with agriculture and natural resources interests, the meeting is open to the general public, who is invited to participate and provide input on local conservation issues and resource challenges.

LWGs support locally led conservation efforts by coordinating USDA programs with other conservation programs in an effort to provide an integrated solution to addressing natural resource concerns.

For more information, contact Cody Hacker at the Vinton SWCD office at (740) 596-5676.

Traditional Deer-Gun Hunting Season approaching

November 13, 2015

COLUMBUS – Deer hunting is an extremely popular activity for sportsmen and women statewide and Ohio’s white-tailed deer continue to provide hunters across the state with excellent opportunities for success as they head out into the field. Ohio’s deer-gun season opens Monday, Nov. 30 and not only provides opportunities for outdoor sports enthusiasts, but hunting remains the most effective management tool for maintaining Ohio’s healthy deer population, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Wildlife Hotline

Hunters and others who have questions about hunting can contact the ODNR Division of Wildlife toll-free at 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543). The white-tailed deer-gun hunting seasons occur typically at a time when many Ohio hunters have last-minute questions, and ODNR Division of Wildlife will be available to assist. Special call center hours include:

  • 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20-21, and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 22, for youth deer-gun season.
  • 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 28, to Saturday, Dec. 5, for deer-gun season.
  • The hotline will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

Poacher Hotline

Ohioans are encouraged to help enforce state wildlife laws by reporting violations to the division’s Turn-In-a-Poacher (TIP) hotline by calling 800-POACHER (762-2437). Established in 1982, the TIP program allows individuals to anonymously call toll-free to report wildlife violations. The 800-POACHER hotline is open for calls 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.

Tips concerning wildlife violations can also be submitted at Tipsters may be eligible to receive a cash award.

Hunting Season Details, Dates, Hours and Bag Limits

Ohio’s annual youth white-tailed deer hunting season gives young hunters the opportunity to pursue the state’s most popular big-game animal on Nov. 21-22, and is open to hunters with a valid youth hunting license and a deer permit.

During the deer-gun seasons, deer can be hunted with a shotgun, a muzzleloader .38 caliber or larger, a handgun .357 caliber or larger, specific pistol-cartridge rifles or bows from Monday, Nov. 30, to Sunday, Dec. 6. Details about deer hunting rules are contained in the 2015-2016 Ohio Hunting Regulations, available where licenses are sold or at Only either-sex permits may be used after Sunday, Nov. 29, unless hunting in an ODNR Division of Wildlife authorized controlled hunt. Deer bag limits are determined by county, and a hunter cannot exceed a county bag limit. The statewide bag limit is six deer. Additional ODNR Division of Wildlife authorized controlled hunting opportunities do not count against county bag limits. Hunters may harvest only one buck in Ohio, regardless of method of take or location. Hunting hours for all deer seasons are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

Hunting Popularity

Ohio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has a more than $853 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation publication.

Deer Management Goals

The ODNR Division of Wildlife remains committed to properly managing Ohio’s deer populations through a combination of regulatory and programmatic changes. The goal of Ohio’s Deer Management Program is to provide a deer population that maximizes recreational opportunities, while minimizing conflicts with landowners and motorists.

Until recently, deer populations in nearly all of Ohio’s counties were well above goal. In the last few years, through increased antlerless harvests, most counties are now at or near goal. Therefore, to help stabilize deer populations, bag limits were reduced, and antlerless permit use has been eliminated in most counties for the 2015-2016 season.

The ODNR Division of Wildlife is in the process of resetting Ohio’s population goals and is asking hunters that receive the survey to help by completing and returning the survey as soon as they are done hunting or at the end of the season. Landowner surveys have already been distributed, and hunter surveys will be mailed later this month. Hunters for this year’s survey will be randomly selected from the list of hunters who purchased a license and deer permit by Nov. 16. Public input is an important part of Ohio’s deer management program, and survey participants are asked to complete and return their surveys.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at

Two Logan residents pronounced dead at scene of Hocking County crash

November 8, 2015

LOGAN — Two Logan residents were pronounced dead at the scene of a rollover crash on Route 328 late Saturday.

The crash occurred at approximately 11:38 p.m. near mile post 6.

According to a report from the Athens Post of State Highway Patrol, a green Ford F-150 pickup truck traveling northbound on Route 328 went off the left side of the roadway, struck an embankment and rolled three times before coming to rest on its top.

The occupants of the vehicle, Johnny R. Baker, 24, of Logan and Londus T. Barnes, 23, also of Logan were pronounced dead at the scene by Hocking County Coroner Dr. David Cummins. It was reported that neither occupant was wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the vehicle remained unnamed at the time of the release of this information by the State Highway Patrol.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office, Hocking County EMS, Starr Township Fire Department and the Hocking County Coroner’s Office.

The crash remains under investigation.

Unofficial results for 2015 General Election candidates

November 3, 2015

The unofficial 2o15 General Election results, with all precincts reporting, are as follows:
(If you do not see the results you are looking for, refresh the page and check again. We will be posting the results as they come in.)

McArthur Village Mayor:
Kim C. Wortman  266
James F. Wooddell  196

McArthur Village Council:
David Bolender  295
Tammy A. Smith  211
Misty L. Napier  204

McArthur Board of Public Affairs:
Penny L. Grillo  352
Joshua A. Kirkpatrick  270

Hamden Village Mayor:
Charles Terry Wiseman  120
Michael K. Woodruff  118

Hamden Village Council:
Michael Browning  35
Bonnie Howell  104
Gary D. Miller  97
Ronald Ritchie  52
Vickie A. Wiseman  94

Wilkesville Village Mayor:
Catherine F. Bowles  29

Wilkesville Village Council:
Bonnie White  36

Wilkesville Village Clerk/Treasurer:
Joseph F. White  40

Zaleski Board of Public Affairs:
Ronald P. Molihan  89

Brown Township Fiscal Officer
Lisa M. Edinger  13
Tamara Sue Lee  14
Karen Martin  44
Christine Toney  22

Brown Township Trustee: 
Heath Thompson  73

Clinton Township Trustee:
Charles D. Rogers  132
William W. Wellman  348

Clinton Township Fiscal Officer:
Carol Mae Brown  287
Jamie Chesser  189

Eagle Township Trustee:
Roger Channell Jr.  110

Eagle Township Fiscal Officer:
Tina Richendollar  83
Nicole Wax  46

Elk Township Trustee:
Terry Walker  627

Elk Township Fiscal Officer:
Marsha Collins  620

Harrison Township Trustee:
Gary A. Ashworth  61
Jeff Clary  193
Heidi M. Hamblin  67

Harrison Township Trustee UTE 12/31/2017:
Mark Fout  234

Harrison Township Fiscal Officer:
Bobbie Jo Harper  118
Jim Lambert  59
Brad Timmons  156

Jackson Township Trustee:
Kayle Teeters  176

Jackson Township Fiscal Officer:
Bonnie J. Betts  161
Leigh E. Davis  59

Knox Township Trustee:
Frank E. Perry  79

Knox Township Trustee UTE 12/31/2017:
Kirk A. Brown  70

Knox Township Fiscal Officer:
Faith Harkins  92

Madison Township Trustee:
Timothy Smallwood  183

Madison Township Fiscal Officer:
Judy Bartoe  180

Richland Township Trustee:
Richard Gardner  53
Austin Owings  179
Wilford Thomas Stevens Jr.  113
Ralph E. Scott  27

Richland Township Fiscal Officer:
Danny Mac Minton  311

Swan Township Trustee:
Roger Bentley  134
Rick W. Martin  66
Brent Webb  86

Swan Township Fiscal Officer:
Beverly L. Goheen228

Vinton Township Fiscal Officer:
Cy Vierstra 81

Wilkesville Township Trustee:
Samuel Lee Dummitt  13
Kenneth L. Napper  115
James D. Shifflet  51
George A. Thacker  79

Wilkesville Township Fiscal Officer:
Phyllis Mulholand  115
Kimberty Napper  134

Member of ESC at Large Athens-Meigs ESC:
Scott Walton  3

Member of ESC (Alexander LSD) Athens-Meigs:
Gary Dicken  3

Member of ESC Gallia Vinton ESC S1:
Jerilyn Dena Belcher  709

Member of District 3 Gallia Vinton ESC S3:
David G. Stiffler Jr.  796

Member of  Board of Education Alexander Local S.D.:
Ralph Harvey Sr.  1
John Hutchinson  5
Patrick L. Lawson  4

Member of Board of Education Logan S.D.:
Betty Walsh Amnah  4
Scott J. Anzalone  2
Dave Baron  1
Stacey Gabriel  3
Pat Hosler  0
Kathy L. Krumlauf  1
John Woltz  4

Member of Board of Education Vinton County S.D.:
Jeff Thacker  2,594
Write-In  229

State Issue 1:
Yes  1,916
No  1,370

State Issue 2:
Yes  1,661
No  1,749

State Issue 3:
Yes  1,272
No  2,262

Eagle Township Fire:
For  85
Against  66

Elk Township Cemeteries:
For  609
Against  171

Harrison Township Roads:
For  169
Against 157

Knox Township Roads:
For 105
Against  24

Madison Township Cemeteries:
For 89
Against  27

Vinton Township Roads:
For  95
Against  44

Wilkesville Township Fire:
For  182
Against  72

Vinton County 4-H:
For  2,237
Against  1,222

Vinton County DD:
For 1,831
Against  1,640

Vinton County Public Safety:
For 1,874
Against  1,601

McArthur Village Roads:
For  375
Against  94

McArthur Village Police Protection:
For  357
Against  109

McArthur Village Electric Aggregation:
Yes  221
No   227

McArthur Village Gas Aggregation:
Yes  226
No  216

Zaleski Village Road Improvement:
For  58
Against  41

Zaleski Village Parks and Rec:
For  57
Against  41





Sheriff investigating armed robbery at Wilkesville bank

October 31, 2015

The Vinton County Sheriff’s Office has reported the investigation of an armed robbery that took place at the Wilkesville branch of the Vinton County National Bank in Wilkesville Friday.

According to a report from the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office, a call was received from the branch at around 12:01 p.m. Friday with report of a male individual between 5’7″ and 5’10” tall with a thin build wearing all black and a black ski-mask who allegedly walked up to the drive-thru window of the bank with a pistol and demanded money from the register. An undisclosed amount of money was taken and the individual allegedly ran from the scene before deputies arrived.

The sheriff’s office reported that no other information will be released at this time due to the sensitivity of the investigation. Residents are encouraged to call 911 or contact the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office if they have any information that may help with the case.

Operation Christmas Presence bringing joy to community children

October 30, 2015

The Operation Christmas Presence program is coming to Vinton County.

The program is Vinton County based and was created to provide the underprivileged children of Vinton County with Christmas joy.

Applications for Operation Christmas Presence are available for pick up at the Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library and should be dropped off there when completed. Applications are due by November 13 and will be responded to on a first-come-first-serve basis depending on the funds that are raised.

The Giving Back Committee is participating in fundraising for the program.


McArthur BPW to hold annual Election Day Dinner on November 3

October 27, 2015
The McArthur Business and Professional Women will be holding its annual Election Day Chicken Noodle Dinner on Tuesday, November 3 beginning at 11 a.m.
The menu will consist of Homemade Chicken and Noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans and a roll for a $6 donation per meal. Quarts of noodles will also be available for $7 per quart. Homemade desserts will consist of Texas sheet cake, sugar cream pies, pumpkin pies, pecan pies, apple pies and sugar free apple pie. These desserts will be available for $2 per slice or $9 for a whole pie. Pre-orders will be accepted.
The event will take place until the food is gone.
For carryout orders on the day of the dinner, call 740-596-2749. Delivery is also available.
Proceeds support the McArthur BPW Scholarship Fund.