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Invasive plant removal event scheduled for Moonville, Zaleski State Forest

April 28, 2016

Come spend a spring afternoon in Zaleski State Forest removing invasive non-native plant species while learning how to manage and properly remove them. The Vinton County Soil and Water Conservation District in partnership with the Appalachian Ohio Clean Watershed Initiative will be hosting this event on Saturday, April 30 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Volunteers will meet at the Hope School House at 1:00 p.m. and the group will then proceed to the event site located near the historic Moonville Tunnel.

To get to the Hope School House from the Lake Hope dam and Route 278, turn onto Wheelabout Road, stay to the right at the fork and continue on Wheelabout Road/Pinney Hollow. Hope Schoolhouse is the first building on the left, about a 1/4 mile from the fork.

The area identified for the invasive plant removal is located along the Moonville Rail Trail and the Raccoon Creek Water Trail. The 16-mile rail trail holds water on both sides of the trail, creating wetland areas throughout Zaleski State Forest and Lake Hope State Park. Raccoon Creek crosses directly in front of the Moonville Tunnel and this stream segment has benefited significantly from the upstream watershed restoration activities that are restoring native fish populations to the area.

This event will take place rain or shine. It is recommended that volunteers bring work gloves and water, wear long pants and dress for the weather.

If you have questions about the event contact Cody Hacker at Vinton Soil and Water Conservation District: 740-596-5676 or cody.hacker@oh.nacdnet.net.

Appalachian Ohio Clean Watershed Initiative (AOCWI) is a collaboration between the Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and Rural Action. This new initiative is funded by a grant through Ohio EPA and US EPA under the provisions of Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act.

Watershed restoration in the coal-bearing region has focused in recent years on the reclamation and treatment of acid mine drainage from historic abandoned coal mines. The Appalachian Ohio Clean Watershed Initiative enables watershed professionals to expand their reach and build expertise in managing other nonpoint source water pollution issues ranging from agricultural and storm water run-off to invasive species removal, streambank stabilization so much more.

For more information on the AOCWI contact Jen Bowman at 740-597-3101 or bowmanj2@ohio.edu.

Republican party announces upcoming events

April 28, 2016

The Vinton County Republican Party will be holding its monthly meeting Thursday, April 28, at the Vinton County Community Building on Route 93, north of McArthur, at 6 p.m.

A soup and sandwich dinner will be held Saturday, April 30 from 4 – 7 p.m., also at the Vinton County Community Building.

 

Track: Viking boys April 19 meet results

April 21, 2016

The Viking boys Track and Field team competed at a home meet Tuesday.  Six schools were present at the event including Vinton County, Waterford, Jackson, Alexander, Federal Hocking, and Logan.

The following boys scored at the meet:

Boys 4x800m Relay team of Christian Wharton, Lincoln Hayes, Sam Hayes, and Alec Boothe – 1st place (9:21.8)

Eli Griffith – 2nd place in the high jump (5′ 6″)

Alec Boothe – 2nd place in the pole vault (9′ ), 4th in the 400m (58.8)

Sam Hayes – 3rd place in the mile (5:11.3)

Jordan Albright – 3rd in the 400m (58.2)

Lincoln Hayes – 3rd in the 800m (2:16.3)

Boys 4x400m Relay team of Alec Boothe, Lincoln Hayes, Sam Hayes, and Jordan Albright – 2nd place

(3:53.5)

Boys 4x200m Relay team of Jordan Albright, Tristan Bartoe, Caleb Montgomery, and Ian Reffett – 4th place (1:45.4)

Christian Wharton – 5th place in the mile (5:21.8), 6th place in the high jump (5′)

Full results are available at www.baumspage.com.

Thursday, the Vikings travel to the Chillicothe Cavalier Invitational.

Track: Viking girls April 19 track meet results

April 20, 2016

The following are results from the Tuesday, April 19 track meet.

Team Scores
Alexander 138.5
Vinton County 114.5
Jackson 113
Waterford 93
Logan ‘B’ 45
Federal Hocking 12

Athletes who scored (placed in the top 6) at the meet.

Julie McKibben — 1st Shot Put 27’3.5/7th Discus 74’6
Lilly Chevalier — 1st 1600m Run 6:02.5
Hope Saunders — 1st 3200m Run 14:09.5
Arissa Long — 2nd 1600m Run 6:23.6/2nd 800m Run 2:53.0
Ryann Ramey — 2nd 3200m Run 14:15.3
Jessica Logsdon — 2nd Discus 79’0
Sara White — 2nd 100m Hurdles 17.8
Tyra Prater — 3rd 400m Dash 1:09.6
Rianna Fee — 4th Long Jump 13’7
Hannah Radabaugh — 4th 100m Dash 14.2
Kaitlen Danner — 5th – Tie High Jump 4’6
Kira McManis — 6th 3200m Run 16:46.5
Jerika Smith — 6th 100m Dash 14.9

4x800m Relay (Ryann Ramey, Hope Saunders, Kira McManis, Elena Ramey) 3rd 12:34.0
4x100m Relay (Josie Graves, Rianna Fee, Sara White, Kaitlen Danner) 3rd 57.2
4x400m Relay (Ryann Ramey, Lilly Chevalier, Kaitlen Danner, Josie Graves) 3rd 4:51.6
4x200m Relay (Josie Graves, Sara White, Rianna Fee, and Kaitlen Danner) 4th 2:05.0

The Viking girls next meet is Thursday, April 21 at the Chillicothe Cavalier Invitational.

Four arrested during execution of search warrants in Wilkesville area

April 20, 2016

Four arrests were made on April 18 after a lengthy investigation by the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office led to the execution of two separate search warrants in the Wilkesville area, according to a report from the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the report, the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office executed warrants and four arrests were made. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the process by the Ohio Organized Crime Investigation Commission, the Gallia-Meigs Major Crimes Task Force and the McArthur Police Department

The first search warrant was executed at a Mill Street residence in Wilkesville.  Illegal narcotics and cash were reportedly found inside the residence.  during the search, Jan Barney, 54, of Wilkesville, was arrested for trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs, and acting in a pattern of corrupt activity.  Ronald Wade Barney, 19, of Wilkesville, was arrested for cultivation of marijuana.  Brandon Lee Hamilton, 18, of Wilkesville, was also arrested for cultivation of marijuana.  All three individuals were taken to South Eastern Ohio Regional Jail and a bond hearing was scheduled.

A second search warrant was conducted at a Newsome Road Residence in Vinton. According to the report, a large amount of illegal narcotics and cash were found inside the residence.  Paul E. Jarvis, 50, of Vinton, was arrested for several counts of trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs.  Jarvis was taken to South Eastern Ohio Regional Jail and a bond hearing was scheduled.

The investigations are still pending on both cases.  More criminal charges and individuals could be filed at a later date.  Detective Ryan Cain led the investigation into both cases.

Track: Viking girls Washington Court House Invitational results

April 20, 2016

The following are the girls results from the Friday, April 15 meet at Washington Court House.

Team Scores
Washington Court House 157.5
Circleville 102
Unioto 99
Fairfield Christian 67
McClain 63
Blanchester 49.5
Bishop Ready 46
Fairfield 33.5
Hillsboro 33
Vinton County 30.5
South Webster 12
Washington CH ‘B’ 3

Here are the athletes who scored (placed in the top 8) at the meet.

Tyra Prater — 3rd 3200m Run 11:52.00 (**New School Record**) /6th 400m Dash 1:07.22
Lilly Chevalier — 3rd 2000m Steeplechase 9:24.76
Kaitlen Danner — 3rd – Tie High Jump 4’6
Hannah Radabaugh — 7th 1600m Run 6:08.3/7th – Tie High Jump – 4’4
Julie McKibben — 7th Shot Put 28’9/7th Discus 74’2
Sara White — 7th 100m Hurdles 18.65

4x400m Relay (Ryann Ramey, Lilly Chevalier, Kaitlen Danner, Josie Graves) 7th 4:46.19

Track: Viking girls Athens meet result

April 20, 2016

Here are the girls results from the meet at Athens.

Team Scores
Logan 185
Athens 178
Marietta 134
Gallia Academy 49
Vinton County 40
Athens ‘B’ 28
Belpre 23
Logan ‘B’ 8
Marietta ‘B’ 2
Miller 0

Here are the athletes who scored (placed in the top 8) at the meet.

Julie McKibben – 3rd Shot Put 27’5/6th Discus 72’4
Tyra Prater – 3rd 800m Run 2:37.46
Hannah Radabaugh – 4th High Jump 4’6/7th 800m Run 2:54.68
Lilly Chevalier – 4th 1600m Run 6:05.4
Sara White – 6th 100m Hurdles 18.51
Kaitlen Danner – 6th High Jump 4’6
Ryann Ramey – 8th 3200m Run 14:32.56
Jessica Logsdon – 8th Discus 69’10

4x400m Relay (Tyra Prater, Josie Graves, Lilly Chevalier, Arissa Long) 5th 4:43.67
4x800m Relay (Ryann Ramey, Hope Saunders, Kira McManis, Elena Ramey) 6th 12:47.34

Track: Washington Courthouse Invitational results

April 20, 2016

The Vinton County Viking boys track team competed at the tough Washington Court House Invitational Friday night. The results were as follows:

Lincoln Hayes – 8th in the 800m (2:16.78)

Brian McWhorter – 7th in the 2000m Steeplechase (8:30.55)

Boys 4x800m Relay team of Christian Wharton, Lincoln Hayes, Sam Hayes, and Alec Boothe – 5th place (9:32.06)

Boyx 4x100m Relay team of Jordan Albright, Tristan Bartoe, Caleb Montgomery, and Naylan Yates – 7th place (50.03)

Boys 4x400m Relay team of Alec Boothe, Lincoln Hayes, Christian Wharton, and Jordan Albright – 8th place (3:54.34)

Full results are available at www.baumspage.com

The Vikings also competed at home Tuesday night, and will compete at the Chillicothe Cavalier Invitational Thursday night.

Three-vehicle crash results in triple fatality in Athens County

April 18, 2016

ATHENS – The Athens Post of State Highway Patrol is investigating a three-vehicle, triple fatality crash that occurred on April 15 at 9:08 p.m. on Route 33 in Athens County.

According to a report from the Athens Post of State Highway Patrol, a 2005 Chrysler 300 and a 2003 Ford Taurus struck head on and, as a result of the crash, a secondary impact with a commercial vehicle occurred.

The driver of the 2003 Ford Taurus, Kiara L. McDaniel, 22, of Suffolk, Virginia, was pronounced dead on the scene by the Athens County Coroner. The passenger in the 2005 Chrysler 300, Jessica C. Salisbury, 39, of Laurelville, was transported to O’Bleness Hospital in Athens and succumbed to injuries. The driver of the 2005 Chrysler 300, Curtis A. Runyon, 38, of Lancaster, was flown by medical helicopter to Grant Hospital in Columbus where he later died of his injuries.

The driver of the 2002 International Harvester truck was John B. Layne, 43, of Lancaster. He was not injured during the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

ODNR to host wildflower hike at Lake Hope State Park

April 11, 2016

A Wildflower Hike will be held at Lake Hope State Park on Saturday, April 23 at 11 a.m.

Hikers should meet at the Lake Hope Nature Center before driving their own vehicles to the start of the hike. During the hike, there will be a variety of wildflower hot spots to see throughout the park.

For Ohio spring hike events, see the ODNR spring hike schedule below:

  • Afternoon Hike at Hueston Woods State Park – Meet at the nature center on Saturday, April 2, at 2 p.m. People should bring their vehicles as the group will drive to the trailhead. Hikers should wear appropriate footwear.
  • Early Risers Hike at Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve – Look for early spring plants and animals at this hike on Sunday, April 3, at 2 p.m. Naturalists will discuss adaptations and strategies that allow the species to survive during this often harsh and unpredictable time of year. Come prepared for weather conditions. RSVP or to learn more by calling 440-257-0777.
  • Spring Fling 5-10K at Indian Lake State Park – Enjoy the challenge of a 5K or 10K and be rewarded with a steak dinner and entertainment hosted by the Indian Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Other activities include an auction and a 50/50 drawing. The proceeds of this event will be used for the firework display at Indian Lake. The event begins on Saturday, April 9, at 8 a.m.
  • Whipple Wildflower Walk at Whipple State Nature Preserve – Discover one of the area’s most colorful displays on this amazing walk through a state nature preserve. Wildflowers blanket the earth among dolomite rock cliffs with breathtaking views of the Ohio River. The event will be held on Saturday, April 9, from 9-11 a.m. at the Shawnee State Park Lodge lobby. Participants will then caravan to the nature preserve.
  • Wildlife Detectives Hike at Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve – Focus on finding wildlife in and around the marsh on this early spring hike. The event begins Sunday, April 10, at 2 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, call 440-257-0777.
  • Wildflowers of Clifton Gorge at Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve – The dolomite cliffs of this site support a wide diversity of plant life and the spring wildflowers are one of the gorge’s best features. See what’s blooming along the gorge trail on Sunday, April 10, starting at 3 p.m. Interested individuals can meet at the nature center located at 2381 State Route 343 in Yellow Springs.
  • Miller Nature Sanctuary Hike at Shawnee State Park – Hikers will meet in the Shawnee State Park Lodge lobby at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, before enjoying a moderate 3-mile hike through the Rocky Fork Gorge to enjoy beautiful wildflowers, dolomite cliffs, a natural arch and the raging Rocky Fork. It is important for hikers to pack a lunch, dress in layers and wear sturdy hiking boots.
  • Wildflower Hike at Hueston Woods State Park – Meet at the nature center on Saturday, April 16, at 2 p.m. for a relaxing hike through the woods to look for spring wildflowers. Hikers are asked to wear appropriate footwear. After meeting at the nature center, the hikers will drive their own vehicles to the trailhead. 
  • Spring Woodcock Walk at Maumee Bay State Park – Witness the spectacular courtship flight of the American woodcock, also nicknamed the “Timberdoodle.” The walk will be held on Saturday, April 16, and Saturday, April 30. Participants can meet at the campground office where the walk will begin at 7:45 p.m.
  • Amphibians Adventures Hike at Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve – Hike vernal pools and learn about amphibians and other animal life in wooded wetlands. Wear footwear and clothing that can get muddy. Meet on Sunday, April 17, at the nature center at 2 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, call 440-257-0777.
  • Garlic Mustard Pull and Wildflower Hike at Boch Hollow State Nature Preserve – The newly acquired Robinson Tract at Boch Hollow contains a beautiful display of spring wildflowers as well as an extensive population of invasive garlic mustard. Help remove the non-native garlic mustard and then enjoy a wildflower hike up to the waterfall. Bring gloves, water, snacks and sturdy footwear. This event will take place on Sunday, April 17, from 2-6 p.m., and people should meet at the Boch Hollow office at 7211 Bremen Road, Logan. People should RVSP by contacting Levi Miller at 740-380-8918 or levi.miller@dnr.state.oh.us.
  • Wildflowers of Gross Woods at Gross Memorial Woods State Nature Preserve – Discover spring jewels in one of Shelby County’s least disturbed mature forests on Sunday, April 17, at 2 p.m. This hour-long hike will begin at the parking lot located at 19575 Botkins Road, Jackson Center.
  • Udder Nonsense 5K Walk/Waddle/Run at Malabar Farm State Park – Get “moo-ving” with this family friendly cow-themed event. A $20 entrance fee includes an “Udder Nonsense” t-shirt for those who pre-register. Food will be available at the event, which begins on Saturday, April 23, at 9 a.m. 
  • Spring Wildflower Hike at Shallenberger State Nature Preserve – Situated on the glacial edge of impact against Blackhand Sandstone, Shallenberger hosts a significant native wildflower display. Naturalists will highlight the natural history of plants and human interactions. People should wear sturdy hiking shoes. Children are welcome, but no pets are allowed. Participants can meet on Saturday, April 23, at 9 a.m. at the parking lot located at 2470 Beck’s Knob Road, Lancaster. 
  • Wildflowers and Waterfalls Hike at Hocking Hills State Park – Observe nature’s carpet of wildflowers and sparkling waterfalls at beautiful Hocking Hills. The hike begins on Saturday, April 23, at the parking lot at Ash Cave at 10 a.m. 
  • Wildflower Hike at Lake Hope State Park – Hikers should meet at the Lake Hope Nature Center before driving their own vehicles to the start of the hike. During the hike, there will be a variety of wildflower hotspots to see throughout the park. The event will be held on Saturday, April 23, at 11 a.m.
  • Understory Glory Hike at Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve – Hikers should meet at the nature center to discover springtime wildflowers and animals in the upland woods at the edge of the marsh. The event begins on Sunday, April 24, at 2 p.m., and people should dress for the weather conditions. For more information or to RSVP, call 440-257-0777.
  • Night Hike at Irwin Prairie State Nature Preserve– Interested in looking for frogs and animals of the night? Bring a flashlight and the kids for the night hike on Saturday, April 23, from 7-9 p.m.
  • Wildflower Hike at Malabar Farm State Park – Delve into Malabar’s wildflower world with a guided hike through the area, sure to be blooming with a lot of wildflowers. Pre-registration is preferred. The hike will be held on Sunday, April 24, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Call 419-892-2784 to pre-register and for more information.

For more information on spring wildflowers in Ohio, check out the Ohio Wildflower Bloom Report at naturepreserves.ohiodnr.gov/wildflowers. ODNR and TourismOhio encourage people to take spring wildflower photos and upload them to social media using the hashtag, #OhioWildflowers. Follow @ohiodnr and @DiscoverOhio on Twitter, @ohiodnr on Instagram and Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Discover Ohio on Facebook to see more spring wildflower photos.