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Vinton Soil and Water Conservation District tree sale underway

February 6, 2016

The Vinton Soil & Water Conservation District’s annual tree sale is underway.

New to the tree sale this year are both tree and seed packets geared towards promoting pollinators. There are a variety of tree species offered ranging from fruit and nut trees to native hardwoods and conifers. Also available in the tree sale are deer repellents, wildlife food plot seed, ground cover plants, wildflower seed and bluebird and bat houses.

For more information or an order form visit or contact the office by phone at 740-596-5676 or by e-mail at

Orders must be received by the end of business on March 1.

OSHP: Ray woman, 22, dies after four-vehicle-collision on Route 35

February 6, 2016

Jackson – The Jackson Post of the Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that involved four vehicles. The crash occurred on Route 35 near Bronx Corner Rd.

The crash occurred on February 5 and was reported at 3:40 p.m.

The first vehicle (Buick Century) was driven by Ada L. Ison, 83, of Ray. According to the report, Ison failed to yield from a private driveway and struck an eastbound Toyota Prius, driven by Emileigh J. Cooper, 22, of Ray on Route 35. Cooper reportedly then drove across the median and into the westbound lanes and struck a westbound Jeep Renegade driven by Monroe J. Raber, 27, of Wellston head on. Another westbound vehicle – a Chevrolet Venture- driven by David L. Miller, 52, of Nederland, Texas was unable to stop and slid into Mr. Raber’s vehicle.

Cooper was transported to Holzer Hospital in Jackson with life threatening injuries. She was then flown to Grant Medical Center in Columbus where she succumbed to her injuries.

Raber and Miller were examined at the scene and released and Ison was reportedly not injured.

It appeared all drivers were wearing safety restraints and neither alcohol nor drugs were a factor.

The crash remains under investigation by the Patrol’s Crash Reconstruction Unit. The final report will be forwarded to the Jackson County Prosecutor for review upon completion.

This is the second fatal crash in Jackson County in 2016. Troopers warn motorists not to drive distracted, impaired, sleepy, or aggressive. They encourage everyone to wear safety restraints and utilize child safety seats.

OSHP: Highway Patrol spreads human trafficking awareness

February 2, 2016

0001COLUMBUS – Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which criminals profit from the control and exploitation of others. The same Ohio roads that are used legitimately are also used by human traffickers and smugglers to transport their victims and further their operations. The Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) is committed to combating human trafficking in Ohio and took new steps this year to rescue potential victims.

Human trafficking takes two primary forms – labor trafficking, which involves compelling people to provide labor or services, and sex trafficking, which involves forcing individuals to perform commercial sex acts. Both use force, fear and coercion to keep victims working against their will. Both types occur in Ohio.

Just in 2015, law enforcement agencies across Ohio reported 102 human trafficking investigations. This lead to 104 arrests, 33 successful prosecutions, and the identification of 203 potential victims.

Below is a list of OSHP’s efforts to stop criminals from exploiting trafficking victims in Ohio:

  •  As truck stops are one of the leading areas where sex trafficking occurs, OSHP partnered with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) to ensure that trucking schools in Ohio will be required to provide one hour of human trafficking awareness training for students obtaining a CDL for the first time. Truckers will be taught in the class to recognize the signs of human trafficking at truck stops.
  •  The Ohio State Highway Patrol has trained troopers to identify signs of human trafficking during traffic stops. In addition, state employees have been trained to identify, confront and prevent human trafficking, which was an objective of the Governor’s Human Trafficking Task Force.
  •  Ohio Investigative Unit agents have been trained to identify signs of human trafficking while they conduct routine operations in liquor establishments.

To report a trafficking tip, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline Resource Center at 888- 373-7888 or text BeFree to 233733. The toll free number is available anywhere in the US, 24/7. The hotline received calls from Ohio regarding 303 potential human trafficking cases from 2013- 2014, making Ohio the sixth highest total for potential cases reported among the states.

View OSHP’s bulletin on human trafficking awareness statistics and the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s video on human trafficking to learn more.

As always, the Patrol asks drivers to call #677 to report impaired drivers or criminal activity.

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Sheriff posts statistics for month of January

February 1, 2016

The Vinton County Sheriff’s Office has posted the following statistics for the month of January:

  1. 452 911 calls answered by Communications Officers
  2.  438 Call Sheets handled by deputies
  3. 38 Case files by Deputies
  4. 1,113 gallons of gasoline used by deputies
  5. 175 prisoner transports with 12,429 miles traveled
  6. 76 prisoners in month

Deputies handled a variety of calls during the month with most regarding complaint investigations. Calls included 16 calls for back up, 16 domestic violence reports taken, 14 suspicious person/vehicle calls, 14 accidents, seven burglaries and five thefts.

These issues were handled with eight full-time deputies and four full-time dispatchers.

The Sheriff’s Office will begin posting these statistics monthly for the citizens of Vinton County. The Office’s posts can also be seen by visiting the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page by clicking here.

Seeking a sign…

February 1, 2016

column bug 2016Have you noticed lately that the county seems to be in an uproar over the sign that was placed on the outside of Village Hall in McArthur? While I admit, I did miss the story about the sign coming down, I must say I haven’t missed any of the hangover from it. Is it possible to miss? It’s all over the social networks we love frequenting. A sign that has been a part of our community for nearly 30 years may soon be gone. People love landmarks. And if there is one thing I know about the people of Vinton County (myself included) we don’t want to let go of anything that has ever held any value to us. Obviously, this is not the case for each and every person. We all have our own story, but many of us who have worked at or shopped under that sign at the only grocery store Vinton County has had for many years, ours is one that evokes some emotion.

I am among those who found benefit in having McArthur Supervalu in our community. In large part because I spent a great deal of time in this community as a single father who was attempting to raise kids alone. That meant I needed some of those last minute shopping trips without having to drive 30 miles and wasting a large portion of my day. Having a grocery store in town means a lot when you aren’t the best at planning out meals for two young children. I’m sure it meant a lot to other people as well and for its own reasons. Supervalu was also a place of employment for me during a difficult time in my life and when I needed it most. That’s right, if you have been shopping in this community for a long time there is a good chance I had placed that can of beans on the shelf before you pulled it down and took it home to put a meal on the table for your family. I shined up the floor the best I could before you walked in and purchased groceries. I worked hard in that store so I know quite a bit about being connected to something like a sign. I walked under it many nights after the sun went down and put in time stalking shelves and cleaning floors so I could earn a check to feed my own family. So I understand the concern and say it’s okay to be connected to something that meant so much to so many of us.

Now, there is a threat to take that sign away and the county is in an uproar. Stories have been posted and polls have been made to feed the fire in the people. This fire has now burned so bright that traditional news stories are getting buried under this “top story” while bigger news is happening right under our noses. Why is this story so big? Because we all are looking for a sign. We seek all kinds of signs. We seek signs of good fortune. We seek out smiles or nods from others as signs of approval. We obviously look to road signs for direction in life and look out the window for a sign to tell us whether or not we should put on a jacket before we go outside. We love signs. What would we ever do without them?

To be honest, the McArthur sign is not of much interest to me. Leave it up or take it down, the results will affect me the same. I hold my memories in my heart – not in the hoarding of signs. The McArthur sign is both a reminder of something we have had and something we have no longer. It is a precious piece of memorabilia and a painful thorn in our side. If we protest taking it down, we attempt to dig that thorn deeper in those who don’t want it up. If we protest keeping it up, we wish to rip away a cherished item from those who prefer to keep it.  Why does the sign matter so much to us? Because we all seek signs. The best sign for me, in all of this, is one that shows our community is full of people who have passion. We have a passion to see good things here. Now, if we could only stop bickering about a sign on a wall and continue to be the sign we have become to our community – a sign of hope, of passion, of resolve and of commitment to what is good – then we could surely see a much brighter future for generations to come and a sign that good things are ahead for us all.

Auditor: Tax bills mailed January 27

January 29, 2016

The following message was sent from the Vinton County Auditor’s Office on January 28, 2016.

Vinton County tax bills were mailed out on January 27th, 2016. This year’s value reflects the re-evaluation of the entire county, as required by law every six years.

You may see increases or decreases in your value. Should you have any questions regarding the value of your property, you may call the Vinton County Auditor’s office at 740-596-4571, ext 231, to set up an appointment with one of our appraisers. They will be in Vinton County the week of February 1-February 5, 2016 and will also return February 29-March 4, 2016.

Please note that several levies passed within the county and CAUV rates were changed by the state that could effect your tax amount. These two increases are not controlled by our office. Our appraisers only determine the market value of your property, as required by law.

We strive to do all that we can to make sure your market value is correct.

Auditor: Dog tag deadline approaching

January 29, 2016

The deadline to purchase dog tags, without a penalty, has been extended to February 15, 2016.

The amount per tag is $10, after the deadline the cost will be $20 per tag. The last day tags can be obtained via the Auditor’s Office is February 12, 2016 at 4:00 pm. Tags can also be purchased online by clicking here.

McArthur boil order lifted

January 27, 2016

According to a post from the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office the boil advisory in McArthur has been lifted.

The village had been on a boil alert since Thursday when a water main reportedly broke.

Candidate poll: How do you plan to vote in 2016 Primary Election

January 26, 2016

This year’s primary election is quickly approaching. We are interested in finding out how our viewers plan to vote in that election. We are asking, if you had to make a decision now, how would you vote? Take a look at the categories below and click on the candidates you plan to vote for. Also, please only vote for the district that you reside in, in order to keep this as accurate as possible.

Our results are completely anonymous and unscientific, but will give everyone — candidates and the public — an idea how each candidate is faring before the election.

County Commissioner (Term 1-02-2017)

County Commissioner (Term 1-03-2017)

County Recorder

County Central Committee (Democratic)

Other candidates running for office are Lisa Gilliland for Clerk of Courts, Jeffrey L. Simmons for Court of Common Pleas, Ronald M. Sharrett for County Engineer, Trecia Kimes-Brown for County Prosecutor, Shawn Justice for County Sheriff and Vicki Maxwell for County Treasurer.


Highway Patrol reminds drivers to ‘move over’

January 26, 2016

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is asking motorists to help keep their fellow drivers and law enforcement officers safe by following Ohio’s Move Over law. From 2011-2015, Ohio State Highway Patrol cruisers were involved in 67 crashes that appear be related to the move over law. These crashes resulted in deaths of two civilians, 25 injured officers and 35 injured civilians.

Ohio law requires all drivers to move over to an adjacent lane when approaching any vehicle with flashing or rotating lights parked on the roadside. If moving over is not possible due to traffic or weather conditions, or because a second lane does not exist, motorists should slow down and proceed with caution.

Alcohol and/or drugs played a role in 28 percent of move over crashes, and wet roads or those covered in snow or ice accounted for 63 percent of these crashes. The vast majority of crashes, 79 percent, occurred on interstate, US and state routes. Troopers wrote over 10,000 citations for violations of the move over law from 2011 – 2015.

According to the FBI, from 2005 to 2014, 97 law enforcement officers across the United States were struck by vehicles and killed while working.

By moving over, motorists are helping to protect the lives of everyone who works on or uses our roadways,” said Lt. M. A. Thompson of the Jackson Post.It’s not just the law; it’s the right thing to do.”

To view the statistical analysis regarding our safe driving awareness month click here

As always, the Patrol asks drivers to call #677 to report impaired drivers or drug activity.