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

July 2, 2015

McArthur VFW Post 5299 will hold an all-you-can-eat fish fry on July 10 at the VFW Post located at 401 Veterans Memorial Drive in McArthur.

Cost is $8.00 and $4.00 for children 10 and under. The meal includes a drink and a dessert. Both dine-in and carry-out options will be available. Proceeds go toward veteran services.


Donors to receive free Kings Island ticket at July 16 blood drive

July 2, 2015

Donate blood and you can become a “ride warrior” or walk with dinosaurs. Everyone who donates blood at the Vinton County bloodmobile on Thursday, July 16 will receive a free ticket to Kings Island as long as supplies last. Kings Island, located northeast of Cincinnati in Mason, Ohio, features roller coasters, thrill and family rides, Planet Snoopy, and Dinosaurs Alive. Each free ticket has a value of $61.99. The tickets can be used during the summer and fall while the parks is open.

The July bloodmobile will be held on Thursday, July 16 from Noon to 6:00 p.m. at the McArthur Volunteer Fireman’s’ Hall at 303 West High Street in McArthur. Donors do not need to be Vinton County residents to donate.

“This is really a big deal. We hope to have 125 donors at this drive,” said Shelly Horvath, Vinton County Blood Drive Coordinator. “Donors can bring their friends in to donate, get their tickets, and then make the trip to Kings Island for a summer fun event. It’s a great way to thank our summer donors, because blood donations are critically important during this season,” Horvath concluded.

Blood donations are needed now to help avert a summer blood shortage. During the summer, an average of two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. Vacations and other summer activities conflict with donation appointments for many donors, but the need remains constant.

“It is very important to make an appointment, due to the numbers of people who traditionally attend these drives. Amusement park tickets will be available for those with appointments, but may not be available for walk-ins.

Appointments to donate blood at the bloodmobile can be made by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1.800.733.2767) or by going to Be sure to tell them you are in the Central Ohio Blood Services Region and want to make an appointment for the Vinton County Community Blood Drive when you call. Most healthy people who are at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds or more are eligible to donate every 56 days. Sixteen year olds may donate with parental permission. A permission form may be downloaded from For more information call Shelly Horvath at 740.591.6649 or

Group stumping for legalized marijuana in Ohio gathers Vinton County signitures

July 2, 2015

McARTHUR – On Tuesday, ResponsibleOhio delivered 695,273 petition signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office, including 486 signatures from Vinton County, to qualify for the November 2015 ballot.

“I am so proud of the hard work and dedication our team has shown in gathering this many signatures,” said ResponsibleOhio Executive Director Ian James.  “With Tuesday’s filing, ResponsibleOhio took the last critical step toward qualifying for the November 2015 ballot.  We look forward to continuing our conversation with voters about the urgency of marijuana reform, the critical need to offer patients access to medical marijuana and the thousands of jobs that will be created by legalizing marijuana.”

By the time the legal marijuana market stabilizes in 2020, ResponsibleOhio projects that the industry will generate $554 million in new tax revenue statewide.  Vinton County and its municipal governments are projected to receive a total of $563,234 in new tax revenue each year should the amendment pass.

Projections show the marijuana industry in Ohio will create ample opportunities for entrepreneurship and employment, with around 10,000 jobs predicted statewide. Ohioans will have the opportunity to own and operate one of the state’s 1,150 retail stores or additional medical dispensaries, testing labs or product manufacturing facilities. There will be new employment opportunities at these facilities and at each of the state’s 10 growing facilities.

ResponsibleOhio’s Marijuana Legalization Amendment will legalize marijuana for medical use and personal use by adults 21 years of age and older.

Prosecutor, treasurer offices set to address delinquent real estate taxes

June 29, 2015

From the prosecutor’s office

Last year, Trecia Kimes-Brown, Vinton County Prosecuting Attorney, in conjunction with Vicki Maxwell, Vinton County Treasurer, created a plan to address the issue of delinquent real estate taxes within the county.

The first step was to send a letter to each delinquent tax payer advising them of their status and asking them to contact the Treasurer to make arrangements to resolve their account. The goal was to put everyone on notice of the intentions to pursue collection including foreclosure action and to give people the opportunity to make payment. Many people did and we appreciate their prompt attention to this. As a result of this action which cost the county only the postage and paper expense, according to the Treasurer, the County collected over eight hundred thousand dollars ($800,000.00) in delinquent real estate taxes. This was in addition to the normal collection of people paying current taxes. These additional revenues benefitted the county, local municipalities, and the schools.

The next step is now under way. Each tax payer who remains in delinquent status will be receiving a second chance letter. This will be our final attempt to resolve these issues without legal action. We do not wish to utilize legal action. Therefore, all a tax payer need do is respond to the letter and work out a mutually agreeable payment arrangement with the Treasurer. Letters should be going out in the near future.

The final step will be to begin court action. Tax foreclosure actions will be filed pursuant to a priority schedule as determined by the Prosecutor’s Office and the Treasurer’s Office. We anticipate this step to begin once all of the second chance letters are mailed. We would expect this to be as early as September of 2015. Thus, affording tax payers, an additional two months from now to address this situation with the Treasurer. Please understand that this process does result in the sale of the property at Sheriff’s sale. Once this process begins, the process will not be terminated without additional requirements being placed on the tax payer as well as additional expenses such as court costs, etc.

While we have had to prioritize this project in terms of the overall needs of our offices, criminal cases and children services cases receiving greater priority as well as the regular collection of taxes cycle, we were able to make significant progress last year with little monetary investment by the County while putting tax payers on notice and allowing them to address their situation in a way that is beneficial to them. We are hopeful that additional progress can be made this year with the same results.

If anyone has questions, they can contact the Prosecutor’s Office at 740-596-5583 or the Treasurer’s Office at 740-596-4571, extension 227

Prosecutor announces indictments

June 24, 2015

The Vinton County Grand Jury has met twice in 2015 thus far.  The Grand Jury handed down the following indictments. The following are indictments only and do not represent convictions.  All cases will proceed in the Vinton County Court of Common Pleas.

Charles Minney, 44, of Chillicothe, one count of Possession of Drugs, a felony of the fifth degree.

Nancy A. Schuetz, 60, of Wellston, seven counts of Forgery, felonies of the fifth degree; one count of Identity Fraud, a felony of the fifth degree; one count of Telecommunications Fraud, a felony of the fourth degree.

Nathan Betts, 25, of McArthur, one count of Theft, a felony of the fifth degree; Breaking and Entering, a felony of the fifth degree and one count of Criminal Trespass, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.

Dustin H. Karr, 36, of Creola, one count of Passing Bad Checks, a felony of the fifth degree; eight counts of Receiving Stolen Property, a felony of the fifth degree; eight counts of Forgery, a felony of the fifth degree.

Sherman A. Barnett, 41, of McArthur, one count of Domestic Violence, a felony of the fifth degree.

Sherman A. Barnett, 41, of McArthur, one count of Domestic Violence, a felony of the fifth degree.

Michael Hall, 42, of Hamden, one county of Felonious Assault, a felony of the second degree and one count of Domestic Violence, a misdemeanor of the first degree.

Thomas Brooks, 46, of Albany, one count of Possession of Drugs, a felony of the fifth degree; one count of Escape, a felony of the fifth degree; one count of Failure to Comply with Order or Signal of a Police Officer, a misdemeanor of the first degree; one count of Illegal Cultivation of Marihuana, a minor misdemeanor and one count of Possession of Drugs, a minor misdemeanor.

Andrew Barstow, 24, of Albany, one count of Possession of Drugs, a felony of the fifth degree and one count of Illegal Cultivation of Marihuana, a minor misdemeanor

Ladies Auxiliary to hold baked steak/chicken noodle dinner

June 18, 2015

The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 5299, in McArthur, will be holding a baked steak/chicken noodle dinner on June 26 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at the McArthur Post of VFW located at 401 Veterans Memorial Drive, in McArthur.

Baked steak will be priced at $8 and chicken noodles will be $7. A drink and dessert will be included. Both dine-in and carry-out options will be made available.


Sheriff: Deptartment of Agriculture to spray area for Gypsy moths

June 18, 2015

According to an alert from the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio Deptartment of Agriculture will be spraying for Gypsy Moths through next week and planes will be flying very low.

If anyone has questions or concerns about this, they can direct their calls to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

ODNR accepting controlled hunting applications until July 31

June 11, 2015

COLUMBUS – Applications are now being accepted for controlled deer and waterfowl hunts on selected Ohio public areas during the 2015-2016 season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Hunters have until Friday, July 31, to submit permit applications for a random drawing.

These special hunts are held on selected public areas to provide additional opportunities for Ohio’s hunting enthusiasts. All applicants, youth and adult, must possess a 2015-2016 Ohio hunting license and meet the age requirements in order to apply for a controlled hunt.

Hunters can apply for the controlled hunts by completing the application process online using theWild Ohio Customer Center at or by calling 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543) and requesting a mail-in application. There is a non-refundable application fee of $3 per hunt.

Hunters will be randomly drawn from submitted applications. Successful applicants will be notified and provided additional hunt information by mail and email. Applicants are encouraged to visit the Wild Ohio Customer Center to view the status of their application and, if selected, print their controlled hunt permit.

More specific information about hunt dates and locations, including opportunities dedicated to youth, women and mobility-impaired hunters, can be found at

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

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

June 6, 2015

McArthur VFW Post 5299 will be holding an all-you-can-eat fish fry on Friday, June 12 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at the Post located at 401 Veterans Memorial Drive in McArthur.

Adults meals will be $8 and children under 10 eat for $4.

Central Elementary 5th grade promotion

May 27, 2015

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